Activities

Legal Strategies for the Development and Protection of Communal Property 23rd-24th May 2016

A two day workshop was successfully held on 23rd and 24th May 2016 in collaboration with Sheffield Centre for the Study of Law and Society (CLIS), bringing together a diverse range of expert academics researching issues on communal property.

The workshop explored interconnected key issues in the study of communal property and examined, but without being limited to, the following topic areas from both the empirical and theoretical perspectives:

(a) conceptual clarification;
(b) the boundaries of communal property;
(c) the role of communal property in resource management and community development;
(d) legal recognition and protection that should be afforded to communal property.

Further details about the event


Workshop on ‘Collective Land Rights’ held on 26 March 2016

As part of the research project on ‘Diversifying Ownership of Land?: Communal Property in the UK and China’ (PI, Dr Ting Xu, School of Law, University of Sheffield; CI, Professor Fengzhang Li, School of Law, Shanghai University), A workshop on ‘Collective Land Rights’ was successfully held at Shanghai University Law School in collaboration with the communal property research network. The workshop focused on land ownership and use rights and included three themes: property theory and land ownership; collective ownership of rural land; and land use rights and development rights. Members of the communal property research network, Professor Fengzhang Li (School of Law, Shanghai University), Dr Ting Xu (School of Law, University of Sheffield), Dr Gong Wei (School of Law, University of Sheffield/Chongqing University), Professor Shengmin Sun (School of Economics, Shandong University), presented papers at the workshop. Other speakers included: Professor Fuping Gao (Property Law Academy at East China University of Political Science and Law), Professor Rui Liu (Law Department at Chinese Academy of Governance), Mr Liefei Qiu (Ministry of Land and Resources of the People’s Republic of China), Mr Ding Zhang (the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference), Professor Xiaojun Chen (Department of Law, Shandong Agricultural University), Dr Xueyang Cheng (Suzhou University Law School), Mr Nan Jiang (School of Law, Jilin University) and Ms Yu Zhang (School of Law, Shanghai University). PhD and LLM students from Shanghai University Law School also attended the workshop.


Workshop on ‘Communal Property in China and the UK’ held at the School of Law, University of Sheffield on 21-22 January 2016

On 21-22 January 2016, the School hosted a workshop on ‘Communal Property in China and the UK’ organised by Dr Ting Xu. The workshop is part of the “Diversifying Ownership of Land” project funded by the British Academy International Partnership and Mobility Scheme 2014-2017. Speakers include Professor Sarah Blandy (University of Sheffield), Professor Alison Clarke (University of Surrey), Dr Peter Doran (Queen’s University Belfast), Dr Wei Gong (University of Sheffield), Professor Rosalind Malcolm (University of Surrey), Professor Sarah Nield (University of Southampton) and Professor Christopher Rodgers (Newcastle University).


Workshop on ‘Collective Ownership from a Global Perspective’held at at Shanghai University Law School in October 2014

A workshop on ‘Collective Ownership from a Global Perspective: Past, Present, and Future’ was held at Shanghai University Law School in collaboration with the Communal Property Research Network on 24 October 2014. Members of the Communal Property Research Network, Dr Xu Ting, Professor Li Fengzhang, Dr Gong Wei and Professor Li Jianhua, presented at the workshop. Other speakers and participants include: Professor Wang Weiguo (Civil, Commercial and Economic Law School at China University of Political Science and Law), Professor Gao Fuping (Property Law Academy at East China University of Political Science and Law), Professor Liu Rui (Law Department at Chinese Academy of Governance), Professor Zhang Peiguo (School of Sociology and Political Science at Shanghai University), Professor Yan Shipeng, Dr Wei Yan, Dr Yang Xianbin, Dr Wang Tao from Shanghai University Law School, Dr Cheng Xueyang from Suzhou University Law School and Some LLM students from Shanghai University Law School. A Centre for Land Issues in China has also been founded at Shanghai University Law School in collaboration with the Communal Property Research Network.


Dr Ting Xu’s lecture on ‘Communal Property in the UK’ at the School of Law, Shanghai Jiaotong University in October 2014

Dr Ting Xu gave a public lecture on ‘Communal Property in the UK’ at the School of Law, Shanghai Jiaotong University on 29 October 2014.


Workshop on ‘The Transformation of the Chinese Land System’ held at Jilin University Law School in October 2014

A workshop on ‘The Transformation of the Chinese Land System’ was held at Jilin University Law School in collaboration with the Communal Property Research Network on 31 October 2014. The Conference was organised by Professor Cai Lidong. Other members of the Network, Dr Xu Ting, Professor Li Fengzhang, Dr Gong Wei and Professor Li Jianhua, presented at the workshop. Speakers also include the acting chairman of the Association of Civil Law Studies Professor Sun Xianzhong from the Institute of Law at Chinese Academy of Social Science, the chief editor of Legal Science Professor Han Song from North-west China University of Political Science and Law, Professor Guo Jie from Liaoning University Law School, the editor of China Legal Science Zhu Guangxin, Professor Wu Chunqi from Shandong Normal University, Associate Professor Geng Zhuo from Zhongnan Economic and Law University, Professor Wang Hongping from Yantai University Law school , Dr Hou Debin from Changchun Normal University, Dr Tian Yao from Shandong Normal University Law School, Dr Wang Yufei from China University of Political Science and Law, Associate Professor Li Guoqiang, Mr Jiang Nan, Ms Tang Xinyu from Jilin University Law School. Speakers also include many practitioners and stakeholders including Mr Li Jingzhu, deputy director of Jilin Land Bureau, Ms Wang Linlin, from the Finance Office of Jilin provincial government, Mr Liang Wei from the first Civil Chamber of Changchun Intermediate Court, and Mr Li Haijing, director of rural economic management centre. Other participants include Professor Ma Xinyan, professor Li Hongxiang, Professor Cao Xianfeng, Professor Sun Liangguo, Dr Li Xin, Dr Wang Guozhu and some PhD students and LLM students from Jilin University Law School.


Seminar given by Professor Fengzhang Li at Queen's Law School on 2 March 2015

Professor Fengzhang Li (Shanghai University Law School) visited Queen’s Law School, and gave a seminar entitled “What is going on in China? The Present and Reform Perspective of Chinese Land Law” on 2 March 2015.


Seminar given by Professor Douglas Harris at Queen's Law School on 4 March 2015

Professor Douglas Harris (School of Law, University of British Columbia) visited Queen’s Law School, and gave a seminar entitled “Dissolving Condominium, Private Takings and the Nature of Property” on 4 March 2015.

Photo from March 2015 Seminar