The Program aims at students, young graduates and professionals with different backgrounds to give them the opportunity to approach China in a multicultural environment. Both students and professionals from different countries will experience different teaching methods in prestigious Chinese universities and enjoy from the stimulating exchange of different ideas and opinions.

For these reasons, apart the frontal lectures the Summer School organizes a number of events involving experts of Chinese law, politics and culture, environment, sustainable development and intellectual property.

Highly qualified representatives from private companies, law firms, international and governmental organizations, are invited to connect the academia with the world of work, giving to younger participants the possibility to find future job opportunities, and to senior participants the possibility to engage with local professionals.

Staff and Lecturers

Lectures are taught by academic staff from worldwide universities (China, United States, Canada, Italy, France, Portugal, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Sweden) and by experts and professionals working in governmental and non-governmental institutions.

Lecturers have different educational backgrounds ranging from law, philosophy, economic, international relations and political sciences, engineering, energy and environmental sciences. Moreover, the participants are assisted by tutors who will help them with any organizational or logistic need.

Activities and Methods

With our teaching methods we aim at stimulating the interaction within the class and to encourage all the students to participate actively in order to share comments and opinions on the topics addressed. Moreover, the Summer Law Institute organizes a number of lectures involving experts of Chinese law, politics and culture, environment, sustainable development and intellectual property as well as other experts who may offer an interesting view on the subjects treated during the courses. The participants are also tested through the submission of papers, in-class exams as well as oral presentations.



The capital of the People’s Republic of China, Beijing is the nation’s political, economic, cultural and educational center. Thanks to its geographical location, situated in northern China, close to the port of Tianjin and partially surrounded by Hebei province, the metropolis is the main transportation hub and port of entry, and serves as an important center for international trade and communications.
Beijing’s history dates back to three millennia: for centuriesit has been the heart and soul of politics and society, which makes it an attractive destination for travellers willing to explore its rich and opulent cultural heritage.  At the same time, thanks to China’s impressive economic and social transformation, the capital, home to 21 million people, has become one of the most populous cities in the world and a frenetic and vibrant city buzzing with energy.

Beijing best epitomizes the exciting blend of tradition and modernity characterizing China today, and is a must-visit destination for any young mind driven by curiosity about the outside world!

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Our History

The Summer Law institute has been organized since the year 2006. Thanks to the vision of the Scientific Director and Program Co-ordinator, from the first edition up to the present one, the structure of the program has strongly evolved to keep the program always up-to-date and at the highest academic and professional standards. For instance, the new SICCEP curriculum was added together with the round tables, the job fair, the internship program and the international and European collaborations.                                       

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Edition 2020 - Call for early bird applications to apply for Summer Institute 2020 in China, deadline on 31 December 2019. Read the brochure here.

October 30, 2019

Edition 2019 - Call for applications to apply for Summer Institute 2019 in China, deadline on 31 May 2019. Read the brochure

April 9, 2019

Korean applicants - Read the brochure in Korean language. Call for applications to apply for Summer Institute 2018 in China, deadline on 30 April 2018.

March 30, 2018

SLI 2017 cultural excursion - SLI 2017 organises a cultural excursion for the participants to learn more about the Chinese culture, history, customs and cusine

July 11, 2017

Culture experience - participants of the Edition 2017 can experience the Chinese culture, history, customs and cusine 

July 10, 2017

Video - Interview with Elide Vincenti, participant of SLI 2015

March 2, 2016

Video - Interview with Andrej Naumovski, participant of SLI 2015

February 22, 2016

Video - Interview with Yang Jian Bo, participant of SLI 2015

January 23, 2016

Video - Interview with Pierfrancesco Rossi, participant of SLI 2015

December 26, 2015

Video - Interview with Davide Caffi, participant of SLI 2015

December 9, 2015

Video - Summer Institute in China 2016 is here!

December 1, 2015

Lecture - prof. Paolo Farah: "The Interface between Intellectual Property and Competition Law"

August 1, 2015 - Beijing

Lecture - prof. Paolo Farah: "IP, Human Rights and Intangible Cultural Heritage"

July 31, 2015 - Beijing

Lecture - Mr. Davide Follador: “The Protection of Intellectual Property Rights in China: Geographical Indications, E-commerce and Anti-Counterfeiting Strategies and Approaches” 

July 27, 2015 - Beijing

Lecture - Ms. Xu Lin: "The Registration, Use and Protection of Trademark in China"

July 24, 2015 - Beijing

Lecture - Mr. Matteo Barra: "Overview and lessons in Central Asia from investment disputes under the Energy Charter Treaty"

July 23, 2015 - Beijing

Lecture - Ms. Zhang Lingling: "China's Copyright Law and Typical Cases" 

July 23, 2015 - Beijing

Lecture - Mr. Meph Jia Gui: "Patent Infringement Litigation in China"

July 21, 2015 - Beijing

Lecture - Mr. Benoit Misonne: “Protection of Copyrights in the Digital Era”

July 20, 2015 - Beijing

Key Note Speech - Prof. Daniel Bell: "Democracy, Meritocracy, or Both? Reflections on China's Political Future"

July 20, 2015 - Beijing

Video - Participant of the SLI 2014, Hassan Younas from Pakistan speaks about his experience at the SLI, his professional objectives and endeavours, his collaboration with the European and International students within the program and the new projects with the United Nations thanks to the SLI 

November 30, 2014 
November 10, 2014 
November 5, 2014 
November 4, 2014

Video - Participant of SLI 2014, Imad Ibrahim (Lebanon) interviewed 

November 3, 2014 

Video - Daniel Muth (Hungary), Participant of SLI 2014, shares his memories

November 3, 2014

Video - Several International students (France, Slovakia, China, Hungary, Lebanon, Pakistan, Spain, Armenia etc) speak out about their experience attending SLI

November 3, 2014
October 9, 2014

August 12, 2014 - Beijing

Conference - Social, Cultural and Legal Perspective on Chinese - Political and Economic - Liberalism Today; within LIBEAC Project

August 8, 2014 - Beijing

Lecture - Mr Davide Follador, Intellectual Property: A Key to Sustainable Competitiveness (IP Key - An EU project implemented and co-financed by OHIM in partnership with the EPO)

August 1, 2014 - Beijing

Lecture - Mr Lorenzo Riccardi, Associate at RSA, Leading Tax and Corporate Advisory Firm assisting Companies, Multinational Groups and Institutions in Asian Region and Far East

July 31, 2014 - Beijing

Lecture - Mr Sergio Scanu, Senior Associate - Chiomenti Law Firm, Beijing Branch

July 30, 2014 - Beijing

Lecture - Mr Benoit Misonne, Intellectual Property: A Key to Sustainable Competitiveness (IP Key - An EU project implemented and co-financed by OHIM in partnership with the EPO)

July 29, 2014 - Beijing

Lecture - Prof. Paolo D. Farah, Istituto Universitario di Studi Europei – IUSE; West Virginia University, USA; gLAWcal, UK

July 28, 2014 - Beijing

Lecture - Ms Sara Marchetta, Vice-President European Chamber of Commerce in China and Partner Chiomenti Law Firm, Beijing Branch

July 25, 2014 - Beijing

Key Note Speech - Prof. Daniel Bell Department of Philosophy and  Director of the Center for International and  Comparative Political Theory at Tsinghua  University

July 21, 2014 - Beijing

Alumni Stories - Summer Law Institute Participants narrate their experience at the latest SLI 2013

Alumni Stories  - Get an insight into the Summer Law Institute Programme by reading the stories of 2012 SLI Participants!

Video Stories - SLI Participants to the 2011 and 2012 Editions talk about their experience live on camera!

Alumni Stories - Find out what happened to 2011 SLI Participants since they took part to the Summer Law Institute

Lecture - Dr Fuqiang YANG from NRDC

August 15, 2013 - Beijing

ConferenceGlobal Choke Point: Water-Energy-Food Confrontations in the World's Two Largest Economies

August 7, 2013 - Beijing

RoundtableGuest speakers series on Intellectual Property Law and China

July 26, 2013 - Beijing