LLM Students Represent the Postgraduate Legal Studies Department at the Nanjing Summer Law Culture Programme

The Department of Postgraduate Legal Studies has once again participated in another Summer Law Culture Programme with Nanjing Normal University, who have generously provided two scholarships to Swansea LLM students.

Jonas-ToluThe aim of the programme is to promote further intellectual exchange between Chinese and foreign law students, allowing them to get a real sense of Chinese culture and environment while also furthering their social experiences with other international students. This programme offers an unrivalled opportunity to understand both Chinese society and its legal system.

A very gratifying number of LLM students leapt at this opportunity this year. Following a rigorous application and interview process, Ms Toluwanimi Akeju from Nigeria and Mr Jonas Jansen from Germany came out on top and were chosen to represent Swansea at the summer school.  During their highly educational and enjoyable stay in Nanjing (which they would highly recommend to anyone), Jonas and Toluwanimi attended demanding but thoroughly engrossing seminars, and were presented with multiple opportunities to enter into discussion with Chinese professors and students. As part of the summer course, they also visited the provincial court of appeal and a leading Nanjing corporate law firm where our students forged good links.

This is what Jonas had to say about the trip: "The participation in the summer school at Nanjing Normal University opened me the possibility of discussing the treatment of legal issues in different countries all over the world, not only China but also in countries like South Africa, Libya, India, Taiwan, Russia, Nigeria, UK, Canada and Japan, allowing me to compare them to my home country. In addition, the programme combined academic work with cultural sightseeing and allowed us as international students to learn from the Chinese students about the current Chinese culture and way of living. I thank Swansea University and Nanjing Normal University for the great experience and I heartily encourage all future students to profit from this opportunity."