Welcome to Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science, CUPL

The Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science ("IELFS") of China University of Political Science and Law ("CUPL") has been established for a decade, as a ten-year-old child, full of energy. Neither the past pains of childbirth or the ongoing growing pains or joys of success can stop us passing the flame from generation to generation, to embrace the greater prosperity. Because our immutable fate carries virtues coherent with the sky and the earth, as bright as the sun and the moon, together with the circulating four seasons, guiding us to keep exploring evidence science, promoting the judicial civilization and building up the cornerstones of the rule of law in China.

IELFS is a scientific research and educational unit in CUPL, as well as the Key Laboratory of Evidence Science (“KLES”) of the PRC Ministry of Education (“MOE”). In addition, the IELFS is one of the key components of the “2011 Plan” of China – Collaborative Innovation Center of Judicial Civilization (“CICJC”) of the MOE and the Ministry of Finance ("MOF") and serves as the secretariat of the International Association of Evidence Science (“IAES”). IELFS also holds the “111 Plan” of China – Evidence Science Innovation and Talent Base (“ESITB”) which is jointly implemented by MOE and the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (“SAFEA”), an interdisciplinary key discipline of evidence science in Beijing, a team for MOE evidence science research and application innovation, and a national-level judicial forensic examiner – Fada Institute of Forensic Medicine & Science ("FdFS").

 

Our Mission ----

Keep exploring evidence science, promoting the judicial civilization and building up the cornerstones of the rule of law.

 

 

 History

Establishment of the Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science of China University of Political Science and Law is the triune outcome of good timing, right place together with great human relations.

– Professor Baosheng Zhang

 

On May 20th 2006, the Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science of China University of Political Science and Law was formally established.

Good Timing: In February 2005, "The Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on the Administration of Judicial Forensic Examinations" was formally promulgated, separating forensic examination institutions from the people's courts, which promoted the successful collaboration between China University of Political Science and Law and the forensic expert team formerly belonging to the Beijing Higher People's Court.

Right Place: In December 2005, the PRC Ministry of Education for the first time started constructing cross-disciplinary key laboratories in selected liberal arts colleges and universities in China and ratified the Key Laboratory of Evidence Science("KLES") of Ministry of Education at CUPL as one of the two approved national "first batch" cross-disciplinary key laboratories.

Great Human Relations: The first is the collaboration between China University of Political Science and Law and Beijing Higher People's Court. The second is the combination of disciplines of evidence law and forensic science.

Our Motto: Identify the Authenticity of Evidence; Cast the Cornerstone of Rule of Law.

 

 

 Leadership

 

Both of Professor Baosheng Zhang and Professor Guangzhong Chen are the Honorable Dean of IELFS.

 

Professor Chongyi Fan is the Honorable Director of KLES.

 

Professor Yao Liu, a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, is the Director of the Academic Committee of KLES.

 

Professor Ronald J. Allen, the winner of the 2014  "The People's Republic of China Friendship Award", is the Chairman of the Advisory Committee of Foreign Experts of KLES.

 

Professor Lin Chang, Dean of IELFS, Director of KLES.

 

 

 Organizational Structure

 

The Institute encompasses seven departments (administrative office, evidence law research center, forensic science research center, scientific research office, office of academic affairs, journal editorial office as well as office of international exchange and cooperation) and seven academic research centers (legal application research center, forensic science culture research center, forensic science instrument research center, legal and psychological medicine research center, law of medicine and ethic research center, complicated evidence problem research center as well as lawyering research center).

 

 

 Innovation Teams

 

By the end of 2015, the Institute has a staff of fifty-one (51) members, including thirty-five (35) full-time faculty members (with twelve professors and seventeen associate professors), seven (7) doctoral supervisors (including two off-campus part-time tutors), thirty-two (32) master's supervisors (including six off-campus part-time tutors) and twenty-nine (29) part-time tutors in clinic teaching.

In the early stage of the establishment, the Institute built five innovation teams in order to promote the development of forensic science technologies and evidence law, which are teams of evidence law, forensic medicine, physical evidence technology, judicial psychology and evidence rules. In 2009, the innovation team of evidence science research and application led by Professor Jinxi Wang which was reintegrated and constructed upon the aforesaid five innovation teams, was successfully selected into "the Yangtze River Scholar and Innovation Team Development Plan of 2009" of the PRC Ministry of Education. Since the Year of 2011, the Institute has established an innovation team of evidence law research and application and an innovation team of forensic science research and application under the "2011 Plan" China Collaborative Innovation Center of Judicial Civilization. In the meantime, the Institute also built up three CUPL young scholar innovation teams.

Step by step, the aforementioned innovation teams have gradually grown up into a discipline-structure complementary, innovative academic group. Its main research fields include: foundational theories of evidence law, comparative studies on evidence law, research on people's court evidence rules, studies on China Justice Index, Sino-Swiss collaborative studies on physical evidence technology, China-U.S. collaborative research on forensic pathology, studies on key techniques in forensic clinical medicine, studies on technical appraisal of medical damages, studies on theories and application of health law, studies on the forensic science culture, research on psychiatry and law, studies on the fundamental issues of the judicial forensic examination system, studies on scientific evidence and research on new technologies of forensic science.

 

 

 Scientific Research

Identify the Authenticity of Evidence; Cast the Cornerstone of Rule of Law.

– Professor Ping Jiang

 

In the past ten years, the IELFS has undertaken ninety-two (92) Ministry-level and above Research Projects, including three (3) national and MOE Humanities and Social Science Major Projects with approved research funding of RMB ¥1,800,000, four (4) National and MOE Key Projects with approved research funding of RMB ¥900,000 and seventeen (17) National Natural Science Fund projects with approved research funding of RMB ¥6,110,000.

Since 2008, fifty-one (51) research projects of the IELFS have been approved as the MOE Key Laboratory Open Projects, with a total approved research funding of RMB ¥1,955,000 (six approved projects in 2008, eleven in 2009, nine in 2010, seven in 2011, nine in 2012 and nine in 2014).

By now, faculty members of the IELFS have published a total of nine-four (94) monographs and books, as well as five hundred and seventy-nine (579) academic papers (fifty-one of which have been included in SCI, EI and SSCI index), attained four (4) invention patents and thirteen (13) utility model patents and drafted four (4) national public safety industrial standards.

 

Published Monographs and Books

Published Academic Papers

Invention Patents

Utility Model Patents

National Public Safety Industrial Standards

94

579

4

13

4

 

Serial Publications of the IELFS:

Series

Publication Catalogues

Publisher

Status

 

 

 

 

Evidence Science Library

Uniform Provision of Evidence of the People’s Court Proposal for Judicial: Interpretations and Drafting Commentary

 

 

 

China University of Political Science and Law Press

 

 

 

Seven books published

Problems and Solutions in the Application of  Expert Conclusion

Research on the Standard of Proof in Litigation

Research on the Basic Issues of Scientific Evidence

On Cross-Examination and Confrontation

The Logic of Transformation: Circumstance and Construction of Evidence Law

Spoliation of Evidence in Civil Litigation

Report on Evidence and Rule of Law in China

Annually Published Since 2008

China University of Political Science and Law Press

Seven books published

 

Forensic Culture Research

Forensic Culture Research (Volume I)

China University of Political Science and Law Press

 

Two books published

Forensic Culture Research (Volume II)

China University of Political Science and Law Press

 

Foreign Forensic Rules Library

Foreign Forensic Rules Library (Volume I)

 

China University of Political Science and Law Press

 

Three books published

Foreign Forensic Rules Library (Volume II)

Foreign Forensic Rules Library (Volume III)

 

Report on China Justice Index

Report on China Justice Index 2014

China University of Political Science and Law Press

Two books published

Report on China Justice Index 2014

 

 

 

Evidence Science Translation Series

Professor Allen On Evidence (Volume I)

 

 

 

China Renmin University Press

 

 

 

Five books published

EVIDENCE FROM THE EARTH: Forensic Geology and Criminal Investigation

STRENGTHENING FORENSIC SCIENCE IN THE UNITED STATES: A Path Forward

Analysis of Evidence

CHARACTER EVIDENCE: An Abductive Theory

Evidence Science Reference and Case Library

Research on Cases of Judicial Authentication

 Chinese People's Public Security University Press

Two books published

Translations of Forensic Science

Interpreting Evidence: Evaluating Forensic Science in the courtroom

China University of Political Science and Law Press

One book published

Series of the Study on foundational Issues in the Forensic Examination System Reform

Forensic Expertise: Expand on the Litigation issues

China University of Political Science and Law Press

Two books published

Expert Opinion Impartiality Studies – U.S. Law Theories and Practice

 

Evidence Science is an academic journal in charged by the PRC Ministry of Education, organized by China University of Political Science and Law, and undertook by the Institute of Evidence Science and Forensic Science. The Journal has been selected as a core journal of the Chinese Social Science Citation Index (CSSCI) expanded edition since 2013. In May 2015, the first English academic journal on Forensic science – Journal of Forensic Science and Medicine – was established in China. It is China’s first English journal in fields of forensic science and forensic medicine globally published.

In July 2012, China University of Political Science and Law, together with Jilin University and Wuhan University, established the Collaborative Innovation Center of Judicial Civilization (“CICJC”), with the Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science of CUPL being one of its key components and Professor Baosheng Zhang as CICJC’s Co-Director.The construction of CICJC makes the Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science moving into a new high-level national research platform, and comprehensively improves the Institute’s trinity innovative capacities in scientific research, discipline construction and talents cultivation.

 

 

 Interdisciplinary Study

The Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science in China University of Political Science and Law is the only academic institution in the world that combines a research team of evidence law and a research team of forensic science, conducting interdisciplinary studies on evidence science. 

– Professor Ronald J. Allen

 

The Institute has established master degree and doctoral degree programs (Master of Law and Ph.D. of Law) on evidence law with three research areas: evidence law, forensic medicine and physical evidence technology. The Institute also has a juris master program (J.M.) with two research areas: forensic science and judicial civilization. The Institute also has a part-time juris master degree program (part-time J.M.) in study of evidence science. In the year of 2010, the Academic Committee of Beijing Municipal Education Commission formally approved the "evidence science" discipline of CUPL as the key inter-discipline of Beijing.

The Institute has independently recruited students since 2009. The Institute has so far offered five hundred and forty-one (541) courses, among which twenty-nine (29) courses were given by foreign adjunct professors.

The Institute sponsors evidence science summer school programs in CUPL. Every year the institute invites world well-known scholars from the United States, Switzerland, Italy and Australia, domestic distinguished scholars, and judges from the United Nations International Tribunal to share their knowledge and experience about international classic evidence law, forensic science and related interdisciplinary knowledge, and international frontier issues with the CUPL students. The Institute has offered fourteen (14) courses, which are given in English with English reading materials.

 

No.

Name

Country/University

Courses

1

Christophe Champod

Lausanne University, Swiss

Analysis of Evidence

2

Ronald Allen

Northwestern University, US

U.S. Evidence Law

3

李昌钰(Henry C. Lee)

New Haven University, US

Criminal Examination

4

Geneviève Massonnet

Lausanne University, Swiss

Micro-Physical Evidence Evaluation

5

Williams David Mazzella

Lausanne University, Swiss

Documentary Examination

6

李 玲 (Ling Li)

Maryland University, US

Forensic Pathology

7

Paul Roberts

Nottingham University, UK

Criminal Evidence and Human Rights

 

English Criminal Evidence In Comparative Perspective

8

Edward Imwinkelried

UC Davis University

Scientific Evidence

9

Michele Taruffo

University of Pavia

Evidence Law and Proof from a Comparative Perspective

10

Andrew Ligertwood/David Caruso

Adelaide University

Common Law Criminal Process and Forensic Science Evidence

11 Joseph L. Hoffmann Indiana University – Bloomington Evidence in U.S. Criminal Cases
12 Aviva Orenstein Indiana University – Bloomington Overview of American Evidence Law and the American Trial
13 Franco Taroni University of Lausanne, Switzerland Probabilistic Inference and Scientific Evidence Evaluation
14 Michael Greco Former President of American Bar Association (ABA) International Criminal Law
15 满运龙 (Thomas Yunlong Man) Peking University Legal Profession and Practices
16 Liu Daqun Vice-President of International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) International Criminal Law

 

 

 Student Cultivation

Top legal professionals need three types of knowledge: knowledge of law, knowledge of policy and knowledge of evidence science. Nowadays, what China legal education lacks the most is knowledge of evidence science. 

– Professor Wenxian Zhang

 

The Institute has produced in the full-time program ninety-four (94) doctoral graduates, three hundred and twenty-five (325) masters graduates, ten (10) postdoctoral researchers, and in the part-time program two hundred and thirty-eight (238) masters graduates. The Institute has held seven (7) Annual Spring Forum and Annual Fall Forum on evidence science, a total of one hundred (100) lectures. The Institute has also held four (4) Annual Capital University Doctoral Forum on Evidence Science. In 2012, the Institute held the National University Doctoral Forum on Evidence Science.

The Institute has held six (6) Annual Evidence Law Workshop Series. The Institute has so far invited thirty-two (32) world-class scholars and experts from the U.S., U.K., Australia, Italy, Switzerland, and New Zealand and also from other parts of the nation to give lectures. A total of four hundred (400) university faculties and judges have attended the Evidence Law Workshop Series.

Entrusted by the "2011 Plan" CICJC "Five Missions Training" program, the Institute hosts training program and has so far trained a total of six thousand eight hundred and thirty-six (6836) policemen via the "Research on Evidence Law and Its Innovative Application" program, and a total of four thousand and twenty-three (4023) judicial forensic experts via the "Research on Forensic Science and Its Innovative Application" program.

 

Featured courses offered by IELFS:

Areas of Study

Courses

Credit Hour

 

 

 

Evidence Law

Theory and Methods of Legal Reasoning

36

Foreign Evidence Study

54

Evidence Law Legal English

36

Forensic Science Seminar

54

Evidence Law Case Study

36

China Contemporary Evidence Rule of Law

36

 

 

 

Forensic Science

History of Forensic Science

18

Forensic Science Professional English

36

Scientific Evidence

18

Introduction of Forensic Science

54

Laboratory Accreditation and Quality Control

18

Forensic Science Clinic

46 on average

 

 

 

 

Judicial Civilization

History of Chinese Judicial Civilization

36

Judicial Sociology

36

Judicial Professional Ethics

36

Judicial Civilization

36

Modern Judicial Ideas

36

Theory and Methods of Judicial Reasoning

36

Evidence Evaluation

36

Theory and Practice of Judicial System in China

36

Theory and Practice of Environmental Justice

36

Intellectual Property Litigation and Evidence

36

 

 

 Forensic Science

Science is the professional soul of forensic scientists, while justice is their professional life. 

– Professor Lin Chang

 

Fada Institute of Forensic Medicine & Science ("FdFS") was founded in 1986. The principle that governs FdFS' performance of judicial forensic testing is "scientific performance of forensic testing and serving for justice". FdFS is one of the few national-level forensic examination institutions.

FdFS now has three office locations, headquarters office, west end office, and a forensic pathology autopsy center (in total of 6600 square meters). It has sixty-five (65) staff members (87% are senior forensic experts), a total of eighty (80) sets of equipment, the investment on which reaches an amount of about RMB¥35,000,000. FdFS also owns a library that provides collections particular rich in forensic science. The book collection at the institute library is over 8,000 volumes, including more than eighty (80) kinds of Chinese periodicals and more than ten (10) types of foreign language periodicals.

In April 2008, FdFS passed the qualification evaluation test held by China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment and the Certification and Accreditation Administration of the People's Republic of China. FdFS is the first university-based judicial forensic examination institute that passes the national qualification evaluation test by CNAS and gets approved of the national level forensic testing qualification.

FdFS can carry out various types of evidence examinations, including forensic clinical pathology, forensic pathology, forensic biology, forensic psychology, forensic toxicology, questioned documentations, trace evidence, audiovisual materials evidence, digital evidence. FdFS has taken examination cases from all around the country. In the past decade, it has provided forensic examinations to a total of nearly 50,000 cases to assist all levels of the judiciary bodies, the arbitration institutions and the executive authorities resolving conflicts and disputes.

FdFS founded the China Forensic Science Museum (CFSM), which is the first museum featuring forensic science in China. FdFS is a comprehensive academic and research institute, which provides literature and cultural relics collections (particularly relating to forensic pathology and forensic technology), promotes propaganda and education and conducts scientific research. FdFS has held twice of "Ding Yong" Excellent Forensic Reports Competition. The goal of holding the competition is to improve the quality of forensic reports and to formalize the forensic reports writing. It has also published "Collection of Excellent Forensic Reports".

 

 

 International Cooperation

Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science of CUPL plays a leading role in international scientific research on evidence science.

– Professor Ronald J. Allen

 

The Institute's Evidence Science Innovation and Talent Base ("ESITB") was approved and enrolled in the "111 Plan – Innovation and Talent Recruitment Plan for Disciplines in Top Universities" in 2014. Among the universities that have been accredited by "111 Plan", ESITB is the only one focusing on legal studies. Up to now, ESITB has thirty-five (35) researchers, including ten (10) oversea research fellows all of whom are world-wide renowned professors and senior researchers, twenty-six (26) domestic research fellows among whom are ten (10) professors, one (1) postdoctoral fellow, and fifteen (15) are doctoral candidates.

The Institute held the 1st International Conference on Evidence Law and Forensic Science ("ICELFS") in Beijing in September 2007, the 2nd ICELFS in September 2009, the 3rd ICELFS in July 2011, and the 4th ICELFS in July 2013. During the 3rd ICELFS, the International Association of Evidence Science was founded. Its secretariat is located at the Institute of Evidence Law and Forensic Science of CUPL. In 2015, the Institute co-hosted the 5th ICELFS together with University of Adelaide Law School in Adelaide, Australia, which set the first step bringing ICELFS abroad. The Institute will continue taking ICELFS to North America, Europe, Africa and so forth. To promote a common understanding of evidence law, the Institute, with an open attitude, is introducing China’s evidence science to the world.

Up until 2016, the Institute has held five times of ICELFS. ICELFS has become an academic brand representing China University of Political Science and Law in participating the international academic exchange activities. ICELFS has also become an important platform for experts and scholars who are specialized in evidence law and forensic science to develop effective interdisciplinary communications. The successful holding of ICELFS marks that the research on evidence science has entered into a new chapter.

 

Ten Overseas Joint Research Bases:

 

1. Hague Liaison Office, Collaborative Innovation Center of Judicial Civilization (Hague UN ICTY, Netherland);

2. Sino Swiss Evidence Science Research Center (University of Lausanne, Switzerland);

3. China-U.S. Forensic Evidence Research Center (Office of the Chief Medical Examiner – State of Maryland & University of Maryland, U.S.);

4. Academy for the Study of Chinese Law and Comparative Judicial Systems (Indiana University-Bloomington, U.S.);

5. Китайско-российский исследовательский центр сравнительной юстиции (China-Russia Comparative Judicial Research Center, Russian Academy of Justice, Russia);

6. China-Australia Research Partnership for Judicial Civilisation (The University of Adelaide, Australia);

7. Academy of Comparative Studies on SINO-U.S. Evidence Law (University of California Davis, U.S.);

8. China-U.S. Forensic Technology Research Center (University of New Haven, U.S.);

9. Korea National Forensic Service (Seoul, Korea);

10. Center for Chinese Legal Studies (Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Germany).

 

 

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