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Lancashire Law School Launches the Institute for International and Comparative Law

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By Lauren McDonnell

Lancashire Law School (LLS) has launched a research institute which will provide consultancy and advice to governments, international organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

The Institute for International and Comparative Law (IICL) was founded in 2015 by Professors Keyuan Zou and Michael Salter of LLS. Under the leadership of world renowned scholar, Professor Zou, international law is one of the strongest research areas within LLS. The Institute’s launch is part of a wider initiative which will see the Law School hold more international conferences and workshops as they develop additional academic outputs.

Professor Salter, co-Director of the IICL, said: “We created the Institute to expand our internationalisation agenda. Many staff and students within the Law School are working within this research area, we saw an opportunity to develop a series of clusters in international law with an interdisciplinary approach.”

Jane Anthony, Dean of LLS added: “Here at Lancashire Law School we are very fortunate to have staff who have international influence and reputation in research. The Institute is important as not only will it allow for future research developments for staff but it will also involve and nurture our own research students to bring them into the fold.” 


"The conference has offered the opportunity to legal scholars at home and abroad to observe the legal developments under the current leadership of Xi Jinping and to see how China’s legal system can help the country progress towards the rule of law.”


IICL was officially launched on 13 May 2015, with a global conference that brought together scholars from across the research area. The inaugural conference, titled ‘Rules of Law and Chinas Legal Reforms: Developments and Prospects’, focused on Chinese law but also illustrated the diversity of research within international law.

The conference consisted of three separate panels discussing: public dimensions, business dimensions and international dimensions. Each panel consisted of three speakers and one discussant from a range of academic institutions.

Commenting on the event, Professor Zou said: “With its increased rising, China has become a significant global player in world affairs. Legal developments in China naturally have caught the attention of the world.

“It is impossible to know China well without knowing its law and legal system. The conference has offered the opportunity to legal scholars at home and abroad to observe the legal developments under the current leadership of Xi Jinping and to see how China’s legal system can help the country progress towards the rule of law.”

Members of the institute will contribute to the teaching of undergraduate and master’s courses within the Law School, and the supervision of doctoral students. The Institute will also be working in collaboration with other sister institutions within the University.

Feixia Yu, from UCLan’s School of Language, Literature and International Studies (SoLLIS) said: “We are proud to be working in collaboration with Lancashire Law School and we hope that it will help to strengthen our growing relationship further.”