The Chinese Journal
of International Law as a
Journal of China Studies
a presentation at Fudan IAS
(yee20090704)
Sienho Yee / 易显河
University Professor, Wuhan University Institute of International Law
Editor-in-Chief, Chinese Journal of International Law (Oxford; SSCI)
Email:
[email protected]
Homepage: www.sienhoyee.org
Journal homepage: www.chinesejil.org
The Chinese Journal of International Law
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The Chinese Journal of International Law
• The origin of the J;
– Wang Tieya
– 1980; 1999
– CN number; PKU; USA; First subscribers
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Turning point: 2004
New life: 2005
New development: 2008: SSCI
New Plan: 2010
Area Studies & China Studies
Working “Definitions”: based on received wisdom
Area Studies
Is a interdisciplinary field of research and scholarship that:
a. has a focus geographical, national/federal, or cultural
region or area,
b. covers, in the practice of scholarship, many
heterogeneous fields of research, encompassing both
the social sciences and the humanities, and involves
history, political science, sociology, cultural studies,
languages, geography, literature, and related disciplines.
In contrast to cultural studies, area studies often
include diaspora and emigration from the area studied.
Area Studies & China Studies
Chinese Studies:
a. Has China as the focus area.
b. Is interdisciplinary, covering contemporary and premodern, Chinese social and cultural studies, rural life,
classical and modern literature, local history and
folklore to politics, economy, geography, legal system,
and foreign relations.
The Chinese Journal of International Law
• The Chinese Journal of International Law is the leading
forum for articles on international law by Chinese
scholars and on international law issues relating to China.
• An independent, peer-reviewed research journal edited
primarily by scholars from mainland China, and published
in association with the Chinese Society of International
Law, Beijing, and Wuhan University Institute of
International Law, Wuhan, the Journal is a general
international law journal with a focus on materials and
viewpoints from and/or about China (about 60%of the
space each year), other parts of Asia, and the broader
developing world.
The Chinese Journal of International Law
Each issue of the Journal normally contains:
(1)
(2)
(3)
(4)
(5)
(6)
(7)
Articles;
Brief Comments, Notes and Essays;
Courts and Tribunals;
Developments and History;
Practice and Documents;
Reviews; and
Scholars’ Community.
The Chinese Journal of International Law
• The Chinese Journal of International Law is covered by the
following services: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI);
International Political Science Abstracts; World Political
Science Abstracts; WESTLAW (full text).
• The SSCI covers about 10 journals in international law;
outside the USA, the European JIL and the Chinese JIL
are the general journals of international law covered by
this index.
The Chinese Journal of International Law
As a journal of China studies:
• The Journal has China as the focus area, although, as we
know, when we work in the field of international law, the
whole world is our playground. The 60% goal: written by
Chinese scholars or about China but written by nonChinese scholars.
• Interdisciplinary: The SSCI places the Journal in two
categories: (1) law; and (2) international relations.
• The Journal has a broadly conceived notion of
“international law”, and has published materials about
topics not strictly law but with an international implication.
The Chinese Journal of International Law
• In light of the above, the Journal has a broadly
conceived notion of “international law”, and has
published materials about topics not strictly law
but with an international implication.
• For example, we have published papers on the
green Olympics in Beijing; the Jewish experience
in the past 800 years in China; traditional Chinese
world views, etc.
Area Studies & China Studies
Working “Definitions” revisited:
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The definitions of area studies and China studies based on
received or common wisdom as discussed above are not
perfect.
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In my view, stripped to its essentials, area studies is a field
through which scholars present, critique and generally
intellectualize on the spirit of a focus area.
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China studies is thus a field through which scholars present,
critique and generally intellectualize on the spirit of China.
The Chinese Journal of International Law
• Under this new conception, the J would qualify as one of the
MOST China Studies journals—a slightly awkward term.
• The Journal presents, critiques and generally intellectualizes on
the spirit of China in a way that is:
– Most essentialistic and contextualized; the J deals with the
most essential and most important aspects of the spirit of
China, that is to say, China’s world view, its place in the world,
and its participation in the international legal and political
system;
– Most innovative, rigorous and original; selecting articles:
innovative ideas and arguments, or innovative and rigorous
analyses, or excellent materials with archival value;
– Most representative; attempts to present official/primary
materials: digests of official and or judicial practice, and
important official documents;
The Chinese Journal of International Law
• The general idea is that the entire J is imbued
with the spirit of China, and, of course, our
efforts to present, critique and intellectualize on
the spirit of China.
• This can even be seen in the covers of the J. I
am going back to the picture I showed you earlier.
Can anyone guess where the colors are from?
The Chinese Journal of International Law
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The Chinese Journal of International Law
The Chinese Journal of International Law
Thank You
Any Questions:
Email: [email protected]
Homepage: www.sienhoyee.org
Journal homepage: www.chinesejil.org
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