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A Chinese Theory of International Law


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About this book


This book analyzes China’s attitude to international law based on historical experiences and documents, and provides an explanation of China’s approaches to international legal issues. It also establishes several elements for a possible framework of Chinese theory on international law.

The book offers researchers, university students and practitioners valuable insights into how China views international law and why it does so in the way it does.


Chinese theory Theory of international law Rising powers and international law Non-Western theory of international law "Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence"+ "international law" "Sovereignty" + "China" National interest Constitutionalization of international law "Understanding of international law" + "China"

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Research Center of Legal Theory, School of Law, Collaborative Innovation Center of Judicial CivilizationJilin UniversityChangchunChina
  2. 2.Jilin Academy of Social SciencesChangchunChina

About the authors

Zhipeng He is a professor of international law and human rights law at School of Law Jilin University, China. His main research interests are theories of international law, human rights, as well as legal education. He has published more than 200 academic articles and more than 20 books in these fields with particular emphasis on the position and views of China. He is executive board member of the Chinese Society of International Law. He was promoted as Chang Jiang Scholar (one of the highest academic title in China) in 2016, and was selected as one of the "Top Ten Jurists in China" in 2017.

Lu Sun is Research Fellow at Jilin Academy of Social Sciences, China. Her research focuses largely on international and domestic governance, women's rights, and environmental rights. She is member of China Law Institute, executive board member of the Jilin Society of Commercial Law.

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