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Inaugural Seminar on Interdisciplinary Studies and Legal Talent Development Held in Chongqing

By XUELIN MU|Jun 09,2023

Chongqing - The first Seminar on Interdisciplinary Studies and Legal Talent Development, an innovative platform for in-depth academic exploration, was held in Chongqing on June 4. The seminar saw experts sharing their insights on establishing interdisciplinary studies and offered valuable recommendations for fostering talent in law and regional studies. 

Experts sharing their opinions on how to construct cross-disciplinary studies of countries and regions (Photo/Southwest University of Political Science and Law)

Prof. Tang Li, Vice President of the Southwest University of Political Science and Law, addressed the gathering at the opening ceremony. He emphasized that interdisciplinary studies focusing on specific countries and regions mark a new academic direction, calling for innovative cross-disciplinary and inter-college collaboration. He stressed the need for a synergistic approach to training professionals specializing in regional studies and law. Further, he underscored that legal experts with a background in regional studies should excel in both research and practical application.

Based on the current trajectory of regional and national disciplines, Prof. Wang Wen, Executive Dean of the Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies and Executive Director of the China-US Humanities Exchange Research Center at the Renmin University of China, urged a comprehensive integration of regional and national research centers across the country. He also advocated for increased investment in regional studies, promoting international communication, and strengthening international collaboration.

Prof. Huang Chengfeng, Vice President of Chongqing Jiaotong University, argued that the evolution of regional studies in the contemporary era is an "urgent necessity." He highlighted the need for a "new collaborative force" to make a "new contribution."

Prof. Zhang Weilei from the College of Foreign Languages, Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, underscored the critical role of language in regional studies. Universities, he suggested, should leverage the language of the region under study as a medium to gather primary data, thereby reducing the distortion of source information. This approach, he said, would help fully unearth the research potential of target regions in various fields, including economics, politics, culture, history, and geography.

Vice President of the City University of Macau and Director of the Academy of Portuguese-Speaking Countries, Prof. Ye Guiping, recommended that regional studies be tailored to the country's strategic needs. He advised fostering interdisciplinary research awareness and promoting theoretical and multilingual skills acquisition.

A collaborative alliance was established as part of the seminar, focusing on constructing regional, country-specific legal disciplines and cultivating legal talent with international knowledge. This alliance aims to build specific legal disciplines for different regions and countries, explore innovative mechanisms for nurturing legal talent, and foster the systematic development of regional studies.

The seminar was attended by over 80 teachers and students from nearly 20 universities, including the Southwest University of Political Science and Law, Renmin University of China, and Beijing Foreign Studies University. Delegates from various educational institutions and law firms also graced the event.


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