The New Silk Road Law Schools Alliance between 20 Chinese and foreign law schools of world famous comprehensive universities officially launched today (Friday) in Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi province.

The alliance aims to become a platform for the promotion of international collaboration on legal education and research, to contribute to the enhancement of the rule of law, according to Shan Wenhua, director of the Law School of Xi’an Jiaotong University, one of China’s top comprehensive universities based in Xi’an and one of the alliance’s founders.

The alliance is formed with 10 law schools in China’s mainland and 2 in China’s Hong Kong and Taiwan, and 8 foreign law schools including the Law School of Singapore National University, the Law School of University of New South Wales, Australia, the Law School of University of Helsinki, Finland, the Law School of Delhi University, India, the Law School of People’s Friendship University, Russia, the Law School of FGV University, Brazil, the Law School of Seoul National University, South Korea and the Law School of National University, Kyrgyzstan.

Wang Shuguo, principal of Xi’an Jiaotong University, said that the launch of the alliance would help to promote the exchanges of law among the alliance member countries and focus on legal consensus, in order to serve the Belt and Road development with legal spirit and legal culture.

Colin Picker, deputy director of the Law School of the University of New South Wales, Australia, said that the program of New Silk Road Law Schools Alliance will be an important link for cohesion between the most important legal systems and law organs of the world and hoped to have deeper cooperation with Chinese law schools.

After the alliance launching ceremony, an international conference was also held to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the resumption of legal education at Xi’an Jiaotong University.