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Dr. Daniel Sprick


Dr. Daniel Sprick is research associate and lecturer at the chair of Chinese Legal Culture.


Curriculum Vitae

Daniel Sprick is a Research Associate at the Chair of Chinese Legal Culture at the University of Cologne, where he teaches a variety of courses on Chinese legal history and Chinese economic and commercial law. He was awarded the Hanenburg-Yntema Prize for the best European thesis on Chinese law in 2008. He received his PhD from the East Asian Institute at UoC on the limits of self-defense in Chinese criminal law. His research has focused on Chinese criminal law, competition law, law and society, legal theory and judicial reforms in China.


Selected Publications

  • From Populism to Professionalism: The Media and Criminal Justice in China, in Ahl, Björn (Ed.), Post-2013 Reforms of Chinese Courts and Criminal Procedure, Cambridge University Press, 2021, 258-284.
  • Predictive Policing in China: An Authoritarian Dream of Public Security, in NAVEIÑ REET: Nordic Journal of Law & Social Research, No.9, 2020, 299-324.
  • Entwicklungslininien der Notwehr in China, in: Kindhäuser, Urs/Pawlik, Michael (Eds.), Grundfragen des Notwehrrechts in Deutschland und China, Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2020, 53-78.
  • ‘Killing Rats in the Street’ for the Paramount Human Right of Security: The Law and Policy of China’s People’s War on Terror, in: Paulussen, Christophe/Scheinin, Martin (Eds.), Human Dignity and Human Security in Times of Terrorism, Den Haag: Asser Press, 2019, 181-205.
  • Wandel von Theorie und Praxis der richterlichen Auslegung des Strafrechts im China des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts, in D Leese, M Pawlik (Hrsg.): Das Strafrechtssystem der Volksrepublik China, 2019.
  • China’s International Commercial Courts for the Belt and Road: A Gateway for Beijing’s Bigger Role in Global Rules Setting. Study for the European Parliament’s Greens/EFA Group. Brussels, 2019 (38 p.; with Nora Sausmikat)
  • Judicialization of the Chinese Constitution Revisited: Empirical Evidence from Court Data, The China Review, Vol. 19, 2019 (2).
  • Replacing Violence with Violence? A Functionalist Approach to Self-Defense in China, Journal of Comparative Law, Vol. 13, 2018 (2).
  • Towards judicial transparency in China: The new public access database for court decisions, China Information, Vol. 32, 2018 (1), pp. 3-22. (with B Ahl)
  • One road one belt: Many routes for transnational crime and its suppression, in Lutz-Christian Wolff, Xi Chao (eds.) The Legal Dimension of One Belt One Road, Hong Kong: CCH Wolters Kluwer, 2016.
  • Rechtsstaatsentwicklung durch Gesetzgebung? Das neue Chinesische Verwaltungsprozessgesetz, ZChinR, Vol. 4, 2015.
  • Grenzen der Notwehr im chinesischen Strafrecht. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2015.
  • Das rechtliche Umfeld des Wirtschaftens in der VR China. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2013. (mit Robert Heuser)
  • Die Revisionen des Strafgesetzbuches der Volksrepublik China,  ZStW, Vol. 3, 2012.
  • Unternehmensgeheimnisse in China: rechtliche Grundlagen und betriebliche Praxis, in M Schädler, J Freimuth (eds.) Geistiges Eigentum in China, Wiesbaden: Gabler, 201. (mit Constanze Wang née Müller)
  • Nationale Minderheiten im Strafrechtssystem der VR China, in E Hilgendorf (ed.) Ostasiatisches Strafrecht, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2010.
  • Zusammenschlusskontrolle nach dem Recht der VR China, ZChinR , Vol. 2, 2008.