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Associate professor, Law Institute of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing
Visiting Scholar of Collegium de Lyon

Sun Jiahong is employed as a professional researcher by Law Institute of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) since from September 2011 after finishing his post-doctoral project in Peking university. He does his research actively in the field of Chinese legal history.

He graduated from law school of Peking university and got his PhD in the summer of 2008, whose tutor is Prof. Li Guilian, one of the best Chinese professors in his academic field of Chinese legal history for his splendid and classic study on the great legal reform which happened during the first decade of the 20th century.

Sun Jiahong has many publications after 2002 when he was a master candidate in the history department of Peking university. In July 2007, his first monograph was published with the name of Autumn Assises of Qing Dynasty. One year later, in the December of 2008, he won the prize of Chinese Legal History and Culture Award for the first session presented by the Chinese Ministry of Education . Then he has make his research and publicated many papers in recent ten years, focusing on so many special subjects as the legal reform late Qing, the secret handbooks of litigation masters, the history of Chinese modern economics, and so on. Furthermore, just in October 2015, his third book, The Historical Development of the Law of ‘Disobeident Deccendents’ in Traditional China from the Perspective of Micro-legal History(Press of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, 2013), won the highest prize of Chinese social sciences, Hu Sheng Prize.

Furthermore, he has played an active role and made his important contribution in the international project of Legalizing Space in China, with the president of Jérôme Bourgon. In China he is in charge of a project on the first Chinese new criminal code composed and drafted in 1905, funded by the Chinese national Award of Social Sciences.

Chinese Legal History
Principales publications


As An Author
1) The Historical Development of the Law of ‘Disobeident Decendent’ in Traditional China from the Perspective of Micro-legal History (关于“子孙违犯教令”的历史考察——一个微观法史学的尝试), Social Sciences Academic Press (CHINA), 2013.
2) Striving toward “Managing the World and Caring the People” : A History of the Department of Economics of the Peking University from 1898 to 1949 (通往经世济民之路), Peking University Press, 2012
3) Death sentences delayed “After the Assizes” under the Qing Dynasty (清代的死刑监候), Press of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, 2007
4) One Hundred year of Legal Studies : A History of Peking University Law School (百年法学——北京大学法学院院史), Peking University Press,2004.

As An Editor :
5) The Lecture Notes of the Short-term Legal and Political Program of Japanese HOSEI University in Late Qing (日本法政大学清国留学生法政速成科讲义录), Guangxi Normal University Press, 2014.
6) A Series of Textual Research on the Interest of Chinese Past Dynasties (中国历代利息问题考), Peking University Press, 2012.
7) Collected materials from the ‘Bureau of Consulting Experts’ of the Jilin and Fengtian Provinces in the last years of the Qing (清末奉天、吉林二省谘议局资料汇编), Shanxi People Press, 2015.
8) Eight Important Secret Handbooks For Litigation Masters of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (明清讼师秘本八种汇刊), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, since 2011
9) The Collected Works of Fan Hong (樊弘著作集), Peking University Press, 2012.
10) The Administrative and Judicial Archives of Fan Zenxiang (an influent magistrate and political advisor of the Late Qing (樊山政书), Zhonghuashuju, 2007.
11) The Collected Political Papers of MengSen (孟森政论文集刊), (MengSen, or Meng Xinshi,1867-1938, was a liberal political activist in the Late Empire and Early Republic, a legal Scholar, and a historian) Zhonghuashuju, 2007.
12) The Collected Books of MengSenin Political Sciences and Law (孟森政法著译辑刊), Zhonghuashuju, 2007.

Articles :

1) “The Scattering and Reappearing of Xue Yunsheng’s Book, Qiushen Lueli” (历尽劫灰望云阶——薛允升遗著《秋审略例》的散佚与重现), Journal for Legal History Studies 法制史研究, Volume 24 Dec. 2013.
2) “ A Discussion of the Article of ‘ Improper Sentence before the Remission’ in Tang Code with a Friend” (答友人问《唐律疏议》"赦前断罪不当"条), Asian Study Review (Korean) 亚洲研究,2013.6.
3) “The Practice and Finality of the Thought of “Harmony between Man and Nature” in Ming and Qing Judicial Systems”(“天人合一”思想在明清司法中的实践及其终结), Journal of CUPA 中国政法大学学报, No. 3, 2013.
4) “Harmony between the Qing (情) and Zui (罪) : Discussion on Some Cases of ‘Disobedience of Parental Teaching and Order by Descendants’ in Many Important Collections of Criminal Cases”(情罪允协:试论清代「刑案汇编」中的「子孙违犯教令」案件),Journal for Legal History Studies 法制史研究, Volume 21 Dec. 2012.
5) “The Political and Legal Thought of Jiang Shang, al. Qi Taigong, As Compared with the Duke of Zhou’s” (齐太公(姜尚)的政治和法律思想——兼与周公相比较), Journal of the Chinese Cultural Studies 中国文化研究, 2011.6
6) “The Discovery of the Xinglücao’an(Draft Criminal Code) Manuscript authored by Dong Kang and Zhang Zongxiang in 1906, with A Preliminary Study Thereof” (清末章董氏《刑律草案》(稿本)的发现与初步研究), Journal of the Central China Polytechnic University 华中科技大学学报, 2010.7
7) “On the Article ‘Child or Grandchild Infringing Parental Teaching and Orders’ and the crime of ‘Unfilial behavior’ in the Tang Code : what differences, what similarities ?” (论唐律“子孙违犯教令”条款与不孝罪的区别和联系), Journal on Legal History Studies 法制史研究 2010.12
8) “Comments and Review on the Studies devoted to ShenJiaben Published in the Last Thirty Years” (中国近三十年来关于沈家本研究之述评), Chinese Law Year Book 中国法律年鉴, 2009.10
9) “Two Questions about the Relationship Between Homicide and Karmic Retribution in Imperial China Legislation” (帝制中国时代关于命案因果关系立法中的两个问题), Journal of Qing Historical Studies 清史研究, 2008.12
10) “Who was the Original Author of JiuchaoNeidinglüligaoben signed by ShenJiaben” (《旧抄内定律例稿本》作者置疑 ), Journal on Chinese Legal History Studies 法史学刊, 2008.10
11) “Approaching the World of the Litigation Masters’ Secret Handbook : A Discussion on Prof. Fuma Susumu’s paper on “The Shaping Up of XiaoCaoyibi (Writingsleftby Xiao He and Cao Can), A Secret Handbook for Litigation Masters,” (走近讼师秘本的世界——对夫马进《讼师秘本<萧曹遗笔>的出现》一文若干论点的驳论), Journal of Comparative Law 比较法研究 2008.8
12) “An Overview on the Research about the Qing Code” (《大清律例》百年研究综述), Study on Chinese and Foreign Law Documents 中外法律文献研究, 2008.6
13) “Criticism and Reviewal : A Hundred years of Chinese Studies on the Autumn Assizes” (in Korean), Chinese History Study 中国史研究, 2008.2
14) “A Brief Argument on the Crime of ‘Unfilial behavior’ in the Tang Code”(略论唐律的“不孝罪”), Chinese Culture Study 中国文化研究, 2007.11
15) “Broadening the Scope : A New Survey of the of the Autumn Assizes Outcomes Under the Qing Dynasty” (视野放宽:对清代秋审和朝审结果的新考察), Journal of Qing Historical Studies 清史研究, 2007.8
16) “On the Differences between Death Sentence with Reprieve in the Current Chinese Procedure and Death Penalty Delayed “After the Assizes” as implemented Under the Qing Dynasty” (论现行死缓制度与清代死刑监候之不同), Journal of Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics 江西财经大学学报, 2007.7
17) “A Discussion on the Classification of the Judicial Documents Prepared for the ‘Autumn Assizes’ Under the Qing Dynasty” (清代“秋审文类”述论), Journal on Legal History Studies 法制史研究, 2007.6
18) “A Speculative Interpretation on why : Jiuchaoneidinglüligaoben (a draft volume of the statutes and sub-statutes confirmed as found in old manuscripts) was given that title by its author ShenJiaben” (沈家本《旧抄内定律例稿本》命名臆解), Journal on Legal History Studies 法制史研究, 2005.6
19) “A Summary of the Chinese Constitutional Course in the Last One Hundred Years” (中国宪政百年历程概述), Journal of Learners Forum 学习论坛, 2006.1
20) “The Law Department of Peking University during the Changsha Temporary University, South-west United University, and after the Moving-back” (长沙临时大学、西南联合大学及复校后的北京大学法律系), Journal on Chinese and Foreign Law Studies 中外法学, 2004.4
Dates de séjour à l’IAO

From October 2015 to August 2016

China had a colorful legal tradition ever for centuries, which seems has been completely overlooked for such a long time by the Westerners as well as most of the Chinese jurists and historians. A great movement of legal reform started in the first decade of the 20th century when the last Ch’ing dynasty just came to his end, actually and in result which may lay the logical legal foundation for the new government of China, even till today for the PRC. This research program aims to present some new and important aspects of Chinese legal history to the French and European scholars, as a part of the former program Legalizing Space in China led by Professor Jérôme Bourgon at the ENS de Lyon.

This project includes essentially re-editing, punctuating, and translating some classic Chinese legal documents with a critical mind, the main parts of which should be the Ming and Ch’ing code (Da Ming lü et Da Qing lüli). We believe that would give us many detailed knowledge about such a complicated legal system. Besides, some conferences and seminars will allow students and professors in Asian and Social Studies to get acquainted with Chinese law and its long legal tradition.