Björn Ahl

Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne

Professor and Chair of Chinese Legal Culture

Albertus-Magnus-Platz

Cologne, 50923

Germany

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“  My research in Chinese law at the University of Cologne focuses on constitutional development, in particular on judicial reforms and rights litigation. Chinese administrative law including policies, laws and practice of regulating international migration to China is a further focal point of our research. Chinese practice of public international law and Chinese scholarly views on issues of public international law as well as domestic implementation of international treaties form another area of research. Finally, we investigate issues of comparative law, legal transfers and legal culture, which are related to Greater China and Chinese legal development.  ”

Scholarly Papers (22)

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Towards Judicial Transparency in China: The New Public Access Database for Court Decisions

China Information, Vol. 32, 2018, 3-22
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 27 Feb 2017 Last Revised: 26 Oct 2021
Björn Ahl and Daniel Sprick
Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne and Chinese Legal Culture, University of Cologne
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Chinese Judicial Reforms, Supreme People's Court, Court Decision Database

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The Rise of China and International Human Rights Law

Human Rights Quarterly, Vol. 37, p. 637–661, 2015
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 27 Aug 2016
Björn Ahl
Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne
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China, Human Rights Council, Universal Periodic Review, Human Rights

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Migration, the Law and ‘One Belt, One Road’

Lutz-Christian Wolff, Chao Xi, Legal Dimensions of China's Belt and Road Initiative, Hong Kong, Wolters Kluwer 2016, 393-416.
Number of pages: 15 Posted: 19 Jan 2017 Last Revised: 01 Mar 2019
Pilar-Paz Czoske and Björn Ahl
University of Cologne and Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne
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Belt and Road Initiative, migration law reform

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Retaining Judicial Professionalism: The New Case Guiding Mechanism of the Supreme People's Court

The China Quarterly, Vol. 217, p. 121–139, 2014
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 27 Aug 2016
Björn Ahl
Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne
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Supreme People's Court, Judges, Adjudication, Professionalism, Guiding Cases, Judicial Reform

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Judicialization in Authoritarian Regimes: The Expansion of Powers of the Chinese Supreme People's Court

International Journal of Constitutional Law, Vol. 17, 2019, 252-277
Number of pages: 36 Posted: 12 Feb 2018 Last Revised: 12 May 2019
Björn Ahl
Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne
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Chinese constitutional law, Supreme People's Court, judicialization

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Interaction of National Law-Making and International Treaties: The Implementation of the Convention Against Torture in China

Zhao Yun, Michael Ng (eds.), Chinese Legal Reform and the Global Legal Order: Adoption and Adaptation, Cambridge University Press, 136-155, 2017, DOI: 10.1017/9781316855645.008
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 30 Aug 2016 Last Revised: 04 Dec 2017
Björn Ahl
Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne
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Convention Against Torture, Chinese Criminal Procedure Law, Implementation of International Treaties, Selective Adaptation

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The Politicization of the Chinese National Judicial Examination (2007-2012)

Modern China, Vol. 44, 2018, 208-240
Number of pages: 39 Posted: 21 Nov 2016 Last Revised: 05 May 2018
Björn Ahl
Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne
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Judicial reform, national judicial examination, legal professionalization, politics and law, party ideology, socialist rule of law

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China's New Global Presence and Its Position Towards Public International Law: Obeying, Using or Shaping?

Lutz-Christian Wolff, Chao Xi (eds), Legal Dimensions of China's Belt and Road Initiative, Wolters Kluwer, Hong Kong 2016, 481-505.
Number of pages: 18 Posted: 30 Aug 2016 Last Revised: 19 Nov 2016
Björn Ahl
Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne
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One Belt One Road; Implementation of international treaties in China; human rights

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Data-Driven Approaches to Studying Chinese Judicial Practice: Opportunities, Challenges, and Issues

The China Review, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2019, 1-14
Number of pages: 14 Posted: 19 Jan 2019 Last Revised: 24 Jun 2019
Björn Ahl, Lidong Cai and Chao Xi
Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne, Faculty of Law, Jilin University and The Chinese University of Hong Kong
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Big Data, Court Decision Database, Chinese Courts, Chinese Judicial Practice

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Modern Chinese Court Buildings, Regime Legitimacy and the Public

International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue Internationale de Sémiotique Juridique, Vol. 28, p. 603–626, 2015
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 27 Aug 2016
Björn Ahl and Hendrik Tieben
Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
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Chinese Architecture, Court Buildings, Rule of Law, Regime Legitimacy

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Exploring Ways of Implementing International Human Rights Treaties in China

Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, Vol. 28, p. 361–403, 2010
Number of pages: 62 Posted: 29 Aug 2016
Björn Ahl
Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne
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China, Human Rights Law, Implementation of Human Rights Treaties

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The Delineation of Treaty-Making Powers between the Central Government of the People's Republic of China and the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong

Chinese (Taiwan) Yearbook of International Law and Affairs, Vol. 31, p. 116–135, 2013
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 27 Aug 2016
Björn Ahl
Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne
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Hong Kong Treaty-Making Powers, Chinese Central Government, External Powers, Delineation of Treaty-Making Powers

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Why do Judges Cite the Party? References to Party Ideology in Chinese Court Decisions

China: An International Journal, Vol. 18, No. 2, May 2020, pp. 175-185.
Number of pages: 17 Posted: 15 Jan 2020 Last Revised: 08 Jun 2020
Björn Ahl
Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne
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Chinese courts, party ideology, court decisions

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How China Manages Economic-Stream Migration: The New Points Scheme

Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, Vol. 24, 2018, 476-485
Number of pages: 13 Posted: 02 Nov 2018 Last Revised: 11 Jan 2019
Björn Ahl and Pilar-Paz Czoske
Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne and University of Cologne
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high skilled migration, points system, migration law, China

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Recent Reform of the Chinese Employment-Stream Migration Law Regime

China and WTO Review 2018, Vol. 4, 215-243, 2018
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 14 Aug 2018 Last Revised: 25 Sep 2018
Guofu Liu and Björn Ahl
Faculty of Law, Beijing Institute of Technology and Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne
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Taiwan

Rüdiger Wolfrum (ed.), Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Oxford University Press, February 2020
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 03 Jan 2020 Last Revised: 22 Jul 2020
Björn Ahl
Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne
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Taiwan, international legal status, statehood, de facto regime

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Labour Rights Protection of Foreign Employees in China

Asia Pacific Law Review, Vol. 28, 2020, 122-137
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 10 Jan 2020 Last Revised: 22 Jul 2021
Björn Ahl, Pilar-Paz Czoske and Cui Xu
Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne, University of Cologne and University of Cologne
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Foreign employees, Chinese labour law, dismissal

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The Reform of Chinese Migration Law and the Protection of Migrants’ Rights

Gunter Schubert, Franziska Plümmer, and Anastasiya Bayok (eds.), Immigration Governance in East Asia: Norm Diffusion, Politics of Identity, Citizenship, Routledge 2021, 179-197
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 23 Apr 2020 Last Revised: 08 Dec 2020
Björn Ahl and Pilar-Paz Czoske
Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne and University of Cologne
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Chinese Migration Law, Protection of Migrants’ Rights, Exit-Entry Administration, Labour Law, International Migration Law

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Post-2013 Reforms of the Chinese Courts and Criminal Procedure: An Introduction

Björn Ahl (ed.), Chinese Courts and Criminal Procedure: Post-2013 Reforms, Cambridge University Press 2021, 1-28
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 06 Aug 2020 Last Revised: 22 Jul 2021
Björn Ahl
Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne
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Chinese Law, Court Reforms, Criminal Procedure, Post-2103 Reforms

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China's Evolving Data Protection Law and the Financial Credit Information System: Court Practice and Suggestions for Legislative Reform

Hong Kong Law Journal, Vol. 51, 2021, 287-308
Number of pages: 21 Posted: 18 Feb 2021 Last Revised: 22 Jul 2021
Lu Yu and Björn Ahl
University of Cologne and Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne
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Chinese data protection law, financial credit information system, Chinese social credit system

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Statements of the Chinese Government Before Human Rights Treaty Bodies: Doctrine and Practice of Treaty Implementation

The Australian Journal of Asian Law, Vol. 12, 2010, 82–105
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 26 Aug 2016
Björn Ahl
Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne
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China, human rights, treaty bodies, implementation of international human rights treaties

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Chinese Positions on Global Constitutionalism, Community of Common Destiny for Mankind and the Future of International Law

Chinese Journal of Comparative Law, forthcoming
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 24 Jul 2021
Björn Ahl
Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne
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Chinese positions on international law, global constitutionalism, community of common destiny for mankind