Centre for Common Law, Wuhan University
Wuhan Law School has established the Centre for Common Law to promote common law research in China. The Centre is a national base for activities related to Common Law. The Centre is a unique institution dedicated to helping advance China’s legal reforms, improving British–China relations, and increasing China’s understanding of the common law and criminal justice in common law legal systems. The overall objective of the Centre is to develop and coordinate research and education in these areas. The Centre also endeavours to support the development of Chinese law through sharing core common law principles and concepts. This supportive exchange goes both ways – the purpose of maintaining comparative and collaborative research projects is also to increase our partners’ understanding of Chinese law.
Common Law Dialogues
The Centre endeavours to host regular symposia, conferences and workshops on legal studies with a common law focus.
Students have the choice to pursue particular subjects of interest including subjects such as English Criminal Law and English Legal System among others.
The Directors of the Centre is Professor is Hongxian Mong and Professor Ronggong He
· Professor Mo Hongxian
· Professor Lin Yagang
· Professor He Ronggong
· Professor Chen Jialin
· Professor Pi Yong
· Associate Professor Ye Xiaoqin
· Associate Professor Xiong Qi
· Associate Professor Chen Jinlin
· Lecturer Li Yingfeng
· Professor Dennis J. Baker, The Sir Matthew Hale Visiting Professor of Common Law (Professor of English Law, University of Surrey).http://www.surrey.ac.uk/law/people/dennis_baker/.E-mail:
· Dr. Rudy Baker, Visiting Senior Fellow in English Public Law (University of Surrey).
What is Common Law?
· Recommended reading: Robert A. Leflar, The Sources of Judge Made Law (1971) 24 Okla. L. Rev. 319
· R. v. Rimmington  UKHL 63
· Jerzy Wroblewski, "Problems of Judicial Reasoning in Civil Law and Common Law System: Some Reflections on Julius Stones Approach"  AUSocLegPhilB 18; (1986) 38/39 Bulletin of the Australian Society of Legal Philosophy 187
· Leading textbook: Dennis J. Baker, Glanville Williams Textbook of Criminal Law (London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2015)
· United Kingdom: The Criminal Procedure Rules 2005
· United Kingdom Crime Statistics
· British and Irish Legal Information Institute case database (open access)
T reatises from the institutional writers on english criminal law
· Sir Matthew Hale, Historia Placitorum Coronæ, or The History of the Pleas of the Crown. (1736) Volume 1
· E. C. Clark, An Analysis of Criminal Liability (1880)
· Sir William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England (1770) Volume 4.
· Draft Criminal Code England 1880
· Sir Francis Bacon, The Elements of the Common Laws of England (1636)
· Andrew Horne, The Mirrour of Justices, (1326 translated in 1903 from old French)
· Sir Edward Coke, Third Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England (London, 1648).
· Sir Edward Coke, Second Part of the Institutes of the Laws of England (London, 1653).
· Joseph Chitty, A Practical Treatise: The Criminal Law (London, Brooke, 1826) Volume I
· Joseph Chitty, A Practical Treatise: The Criminal Law (London, Brooke, 1826) Volume 2
· Sir Michael Dalton, The Countrey Justice, (London, 1618)
· Andrew Horne, The Mirror of Justices (1327)
· Sir Edward Hyde East, Pleas of the Crown (1803) volume 1
· Sir Edward Hyde East, Pleas of the Crown (1803) volume 2
· Sir Michael Foster, Crown Law, (1762)
· Ferdinando Pulton, De pace Regis et regni, (London: Printed for the Companie of Stationers, 1610) volume 1
· Sir William Hawkins, Treatise of Pleas of the Crown, (1797) volume 1
· Sir William Hawkins, Treatise of Pleas of the Crown, (1797) volume 2
· W M O Russell, Treatise on Crimes (London: Butterworth, 1819), Volume I
· Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, A History of the Criminal Law of England (London: Macmillan, 1883) Volume 1
· Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, A History of the Criminal Law of England (London: Macmillan, 1883) Volume 2
· Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, A History of the Criminal Law of England (London: Macmillan, 1883) Volume 3
· Richard R. Cherry, Lectures on the Growth of Criminal Law in Ancient Communities (London: MacMillan, 1890).
· Douglas Aikenhead Stroud, Mens Rea, (1914)
· Kenny, Outlines of Criminal Law (1907)
· R S Wright, The Law of Criminal Conspiracies (1873)
· J M Kaye, “The Early History of Murder and Manslaughter”,  83 LQR 569 Part 1
· J M Kaye, “The Early History of Murder and Manslaughter”,  83 LQR 569 Part 2