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  • 1950

    February 13th, RUC with the merger of China University of Political Science and Law and Huabei University was founded.

    August, Teaching and research institution of law began to run.

    November, reference room of the Law Department was established. 


    June, Teaching and research institution of "theory of states & legal power" decided to write a teaching material about "states and legal power of PRC".

    November 1, Decision on the cultivation of graduation was published.


    At the end of this year, there were 607 undergraduates and graduates and 24 legal classes in total. There were a variety of academic works including 10 translated lectures, 23 outlines, 87 reference books and 26 textbooks. Among them, 13 outlines of lectures, 38 reference materials and 10 textbooks were published.

    After the National meeting of Political and Legal Education, law department of RUC began to emphasize the Chinese legal classes, and tried to write textbooks that focused on the reality of China.


    December 8th, Mr. Chandra, who was chairman of the Indian Union of Students, visited Law Department.


    December 1, Vice director of the Hungarian law Institute ImreNie visited RUC, Xu Yizhi, the deputy director of Law Department meet him with other teachers in law department of RUC.


    April 5th, Data Collection Team of materials about states & law written by Marxist classical writers consisting of Faculty of Law of Peking University, School of Politics and Law in Beijing, Cadre School of Politics and Law in Beijing, and Law Department of RUC had a meet in Law Department of RUC.

    August 11 , beginning of the compilation of Patriotic Convention by our law institute, Cadre School of Politics and Law in Beijing and other organizations.


    April 17, the whole law department attended Science Symposium hosted by the teaching and research institution of "theory of states & legal power".

    June 6, Law branch of the 9th Science Symposium of RUC was established.


    July 13th, after the "Cultural Revolution", RUC, including the reestablishment of Department of Law, was rebuilt.

    September, the first undergraduates after the rebuilding of RUC, including 33 male students and 5 female students, were enrolled.

    The Teaching and Research Institute of Criminalities was founded.


    May 22nd, Symposium about Rule of Man or Rule of law was held.

    Graduates of law were enrolled.


    The Teaching and Research Institute of Procedural Law was established.

    September, many professors from the Law Department of RUC participated in the drafting of the Constitution of PRC.


    The Teaching and Research Institute of Economic Legislation was established.

    November 3rd, specialties of legal theory, history of law, the constitution, criminal law, civil law, procedural law economic legislation and international law in RUC got the qualification of awarding/granting the master,s degree.


    March, the first doctoral candidates of criminal law were enrolled.


    The credit system was adopted.

    Beijing Dishi Law firm supported by RUC as a method of reform in legal education was founded.

    Teaching and Research Institute of Evidence Technology replaced the Teaching and Research Institute of Criminalistics.


    Intellectual Property Teaching and Research Center of Renmin University of China was founded.

    June 25th, Institute of Law was established.


    The Teaching and Research Institute of Intellectual Property Law was established.


    Judge training course was held by the Law Department of RUC and Supreme People,s Court.

    Research institute of Taiwan Affairs was established, which focuses on the legal system in Taiwan and the legal relationship between the parties on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

    July, Renmin Law School, which consists of the Department of Law and the Institute of Law, was established. 


    August 30th, Mr. Zhen Hangsheng, vice president of RUC and Mr. Gu Chunde, director of the Law Department, gave lectures in Ritsumeikan University of Japan.

    December 30th, Evidence Technical Services Center (later the "Evidence Technical Identification Center" in 1993) was established.


    November 20th, specialty of history of law got the qualification of granting/awarding doctor,s degree.


    June, research center of Law & Globalization was established, which research the relationship between law and globalization and focuses on international communication.

    November 6th, the journal of "study and research of law" was set up.


    The journal of study and research of law was renamed as Jurist.

    November 16th, the postdoctorate positions were set up.


    April 6th , Rafael Antonio Caldera Rodriguez, who was the former president of Venezuela and a famous international activists, was awarded the honorary Doctor of Laws by RUC, which was the first time for RUC to award an honorary doctor to an foreigners.

    October, Research Institute of International Criminal Law was founded.


    September 28th, Sino-Japanese Legal Culture Research Center was founded.


    September, the first LL.M. students were enrolled.

    Professor Zhu Jingwen went to Fulbright, law school of University of Wisconsin as a visiting scholar.


    Professor Zeng Xianyi was invited to visit the law schools of Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, Stanford University, Indiana University, and Georgetown University (Washington).

    The journal of Fayuan was set up.


    Renmin Law School held the first Student Congress, with the foundation of the Student Union of Renmin Law School.

    April, the Teaching and Research Institute of Environmental and Resources Law was established.

    April 20th, National May First Labor Merit Award


    November, Foundation of Criminal Legal Science Research Center of Renmin Law School


    Foundation of website of Renmin Law School:


    Foundation of Shenzhen Institute of Renmin Law School


    The National Auditions for the qualification to participate in Jessup Moot Court of International law

    Co-Organization of the first Academic Seminar of Civil Code across Taiwan Strait


    Foundation of the Law Society


    June, Establishment of the journal of Science of Law in RUC

    November, Movement of Renmin Law School to Mingde Building


    Participation in the organization of China -Austria Joint Conference of deans of a hundred Law Schools

    Participation in the organization of China-Africa Forum of Legal Education and Legal Culture

    November, Foundation of Commercial Law Institute


    January 15th, Foundation of RUC research & service center of the protection of legal rights of the disabled

    March 23, Students of RUC participated in the Jessup Moot Court of International Law as the champion team in China.

    December, Establishment of the Teaching Center of Law Experimental Practice of RUC


    May 16th, the Law Society held the first Intellectual Property Moot Commercial Arbitration.

    Many students from Renmin Law School engaged in volunteer service in the 29th Olympic Games in Beijing, one of which named Zhang Diyuan, was rewarded as the "Excellent Volunteer" of the Beijing Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.


    March, Foundation of Legal Career Development Association

    May, Review of Law changed its name to Chaoyang Law Review

    November, Establishment of Intellectual Property School


    January 15th, Establishment of Development Fund to Renmin Law School

    April, Establishment of College of Lawyers


    September 8th, Establishment of Law and Technology Institute


  • Law Department is the first formal legal education institutions established after the foundation of PRC, which has played a vitally important role in the legal education and research in China ever since its foundation. At the beginning of 1950s, Legal talents from all parts of China gathered in the law department of RUC, who took the responsibilities of studying advanced theories, cultivating more lawyers and exploring the road of the new Chinese law at the same time. Learning from the former Soviet Union with the spirit of diligence and independence, they set up a new theoretical system of legal science and education, which laid a solid foundation for the development of the Renmin Law School today.

    Peking Politics and Law School was founded in 1949 on the basis of Chaoyang University, and then it was renamed China University of Political Science and Law in May of the same year. The new unversity was located in the old "Shipping Warehouse" in Dongcheng Distract of Peking, which was the site of the old Changyang University.

    In February, 1950, the former China University of Political Science and Law and Huabei University was merged into one, which is the formal fuoundation of Renmin University of China. Department of Law was one of the eight departments that consist the earliest the new university. The second picture above is the group photo of the whole faculty of Law Department at that time.

     In 1950, teaching and research institution of "theory of states& legal power" was founded with the help of experts from the Soviet Union. There were four teaching and research institutions like this in the start-up period of Department of Law, each of which consisted of the Soviet exports, the translators and the Chinese teachers. These Soviet experts gave lectures on the konwledge of Soviet law with the help of the translators to the Chinese teachers, and after the Chinese teachers understood the lectures fully, they then teach their studuents in class. Morevoer, the lectures given by Soviet experts were all arranged and compiled into the unified textbooks of the law schools of China.

    Students in law department enjoyed a rich academic life. The first picture recorded Professor He Sijin,s class in 1953. The second picture is the record of the discussion of Law & Diplomacy team in the 2nd Science Symposiumin 1951. The photo in the right recorded an ordinary class discussion between the teacher and the students.


    After four years, the first students of the Law Department of RUC finished their undergradutate education in 1954. Many of them became the founders of the modern legal education in China and made great contribution to the modern legal research.


    The year of 1979 is a new start for the develop of the RUC law school. the policy of reform and opening up and reestablishment of the college entrance examinations gave RUC Law school better chance to develop itself. From the 1970s to 1990, new development appeared in various disciplines with the strong foundation laid in the 1950s.


    Left: Female law students of the year 1979 in RUC


    Right: Students of the year 1979 participated in the internship in Tianjin Peoples Courts


    At the beginning of the 21th century, Renmin Law School celebrated its 50th birthday with the "Forum for the Presidents of the top100 Law School throughout the world in 21st century" held in the Great Hall of the People. Many world-known law schools including Harvard law school, Yale Law School, Stanford Law School, Columbia Law School, Faculty of Law in Cambridge University, Faculty of Law in Oxford University, Faculty of Law in University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law in Universite Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, Law School of Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin,HU Berlin, and Faculty of law in Lomonosov Moscow State Universityetc, covering more than 20 countries from five continents, got together and had exchanges and discussionson the mode of cultivation of legal tatents, educational reforms in different countries and the bilateral cooperation with the famous law schools in China such as Renmin Law School, Law School of Peking University, Law School in Tsuinghua Law School and Fudan Law School. It was undoubtlessly a distinguished meeting of the jurisprudential circle, which shows the international perspective of Renmin Law School and its reputations.


  • History of RUC began with the establishment of Shanbei Public School in 1937, while the law school was included at first. In 1939, Huabei Union University was founded on the basis of Shanbei Public School, which included a department of politics and law (later the School of politics and law). In 1941, Yanan University was established with the merger of Shanbei Public School, China Women,s University and Zedong School for Young Cadres, the dean of the law school of which was Professor He Sijing, who was spoken highly of by former President Mao Zedong as a top jurisconsult in China who had a strong sense of justice, a man of integrity and a man of learning. Admittedly, the education of law in ShanbeiPublic School, Huabei Union University and Yanan University laid the foundation for the legal education of the new China though it did not form a certain scale and a complete system. And the tradition of the spirit of running a school for the masses and the personalities of Integrity and devotion of the old generation of RUC lawyers has inspired and inherited through generation after generation of RUC lawyers till now, and it is always the aim which is sought by all of them.

    Law School of Chao yang University has a deep influence on the formation and development of the academic traditions of Renmin Law School. Established in 1912, Chaoyang University became so synonymous with legal practice in China that the saying went: no Chaoyang, no courts. In February, 1950, China University of Political Science and Law and Huabei University were consolidated into Renmin University of China. The department of law was one of the eight departments that established at the foundation of RUC, which included a number of scholars of the former Chaoyang Law School.

    Renmin Law School helped with the establishment of the systemic legal education in new China. After receiving the assistance from former Soviet professors, scholars in Renmin Law School began to write text books directly catering to the reality of new China including Lecture on Constitutional Law of China (first draft), Lecture on Criminal Law (first draft), Lecture on Civil Law (first draft), Lecture on Labor legislation, Lecture on civil procedure act and Lecture on Criminal Suit Law and so on. These lectures (first draft) helped much in with the teaching methods and the teaching quality, and also set up the primitive pattern of legal education and legal theory in new China. Later in the 1960s, a number of text, teaching lectures and lectures and papers were finished by many famous scholars and were published in succession, which reflected the research level of legal science in China though there were still much to improve.

    After the rebuilding of RUC in 1979, Renmin Law School continued to develop from the Department of Law during 19791994 to Renmin Law School after 1994. During the first period, many famous jurisconsults such as Professor Tong Rou (expert of civil law), Professor Sun Guohua (expert of jurisprudence), Professor Zeng Xianyi (expert of legal history), Professor Xu Hongde (expert of constitutional law), Professor Gao Mingxuan (expert of criminal law) made great contribution to the legal research and education in China, which have influenced and established a new pattern of legal theory till now. During recent years in the second period, rapid development has taken place in various fields of science of law with the hard work of the old generations and initiates of the youngsters. RenminLaw School is growing all the time to be stronger and better. And it is going to the world with its increasing international reputation. The Forum for the Presidents of the top100 Law School throughout the world in 21st century held in the Great Hall of the People in 2000 hosted by Renmin Law School is exactly a good example.

    Research and education of Renmin Law School features on insistence on academic rationalism, Aiming at solving the legal problems in reality, it keeps an eye on basic legal theory while researching and analyzing law and legal texts, which results in the good interaction of legal theory and practice. Renmin Law Schoolis the cradle of legal education of China while participating in and therefore deeply influencing the development of legal system of PRC. It is the founder of a new Chinese legal theory system, and a pioneer who is always trying to strengthen the communication and cooperation of law schools betweenChina and other nations while bringing Chinese legal science to the whole world.
  • Tong Rou (1921-1990), male, Manchu, born in Beizhen, in Liaoning Province. He was the professor in Renmin Law School and Ph. D. candidate supervisor. He came to teach civil law in RUC in the first period when the new China was founded. During his 40 years teaching, he kept on his research on theories of civil law no matter what difficulties and setbacks he met, and finally created a unique theoretical system of civil law, which laid the foundation of a featured theoretical system of civil law in China. Professor Tong Rou is a man who was indifferent to fame and wealth. He devoted himself to talent cultivation rather than writing books himself, which contributed to a strong team of civil law research on a big scale. He also participated in the legislation in China including the drifting of General Rule of the Civil Law, Marriage Law, Law of Succession, Bankruptcy Law and Copyright Law etc. Professor Tong Rou is the pioneer of the civil law in new China and the founder of theories of civil law. He is the leader of the civil law research in new China.


    Xu Chongde, a famous constitutional scholar, was born in Qingpu, Shanghai in 1929. He graduated from the Department of Law of Fudan University in 1951, and after that became a graduate in RUC. He graduated from RUC as a postgraduate in 1953 and became a teacher here till now. He is the academic supervisor for LL.D. candidates and the founder of Doctoral Station of Constitutional and Administrative Law in Renmin Law School. He is also a council


    member in the Academic Committee of China Law Society, honorary chairman in Constitutional Law Research Association of China Law Society, vice chairman in Constitutional Law Research Association of Beijing Law Society, a council Member in Expert Advisory Council of Supreme People,s Procuratorate, a chief expert, of Research and Construction Project of Marxist Theory, a council member of the former Preparatory Committee for Hong Kong SAR and Macao


    SAR. Professor Xu Chongde is a hardworking scholar with rich works including 57 textbooks and academic works. He also participated in the drifting of the first Constitution in new China, the current Constitution in China, and the Basic Law of Hong Kong and Macao. He is the founder and witness of the construction of Constitutional Government in the new China, who made great contribution to the development of the Constitution of the new China as well as constitutionalism in China.


    Sun Guohua, male, born in 1925, is an academic supervisor for LL.D. candidates, and founder of Doctoral Station of Jurisprudence in RUC Law, He focus on the legal philosophy, theory of socialist law,and legal realism. He is also


    a school honorary council member of the China Law Society, a member of Academic Committee of China Law Society, consultant of Jurisprudence Research Association in China Law Society, president of Alumni Association of Chaoyang University, director of Chaoyang Legal Research Center and a m ember in Advisory Committee of Experts of Supreme


    People,s Procuratorate. He is a teacher for more than 50 years, who is quite diligent. He kept on his  research outside class teaching, and published a number of papers and works including Basic Theory of Science of Law, Textbook of Jurisprudence, Human Right: the Direction to Freedom, and Research on Marxism Jurisprudence- on the Concept and Essence of Law etc. Professor Sun Guohua made great contribution to the development of Renmin Law School, and he is a witness of the growth of Renmin Law School..

    Successive leaders of Renmin Law School

    Zhu Shiying

    Chair of Department of Law

    1950.8-1950.11; 1960.8-1964.8





    He Sijing

    Chair of Department of Law





    Yang Huanan

    Chair of Department of Law




    Xu Jing

    Chair of Department of Law




    LI Huanchang

    Chair of Department of Law





    Gao Mingxuan

    Chair of Department of Law





    Gu Chunde

    Chair of Department of Law





    Wang Yiying

    Director of Institute of Law





    Zeng Xianyi

    Chair of Department of Law  1990.11-1994.11

    Dean of Law School   1994.11-2005.5




    Wang Liming

    Dean of Law School





    Han Dayuan

    Dean of Law School







    Wang Yi

    Dean of Law School




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