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Dr. Daniel Sprick


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

Short Bio

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 as well as law and technology in China.

Selected Publications

  • Systemic Convictions: China’s Fundraising Crimes and its Financial System, in: Studia Iuridica, Vol. 99, 2024 (forthcoming).
  • Der Prozess gegen Liu Xiaobo, in: Groenewold, Kurt/Ignor, Alexander/Koch, Arnd (Hrsg.): Lexikon der Politischen Strafprozesse, 2023. [Download]
  • 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.

Selected Talks and Presentations

  • Verständnis und Praxis der Menschenrechte in China, 2023.

  • Authoritarian Alignment: How China tries to tame AI, 2023.

  • Catch me if you can: China’s reluctant fight against IUU fishing, 2023.

  • Regulation and Standardization of AI in China, 2023.

  • Die KP Chinas und das Recht: Eine Annäherung an den sozialistischen Rechtsstaat chinesischer Prägung, 2023.

  • The Ecological Civilization Goes to Court: Principled Environmental Adjudication in China, 2022.

  • Policing Otherness and Forcing Conformity: Xinjiang’s new legal framework for a culture of control, 2022.

  • Economic Crimes and Criminal Law in China, 2022.

  • Sicherheit durch Recht? Chinas Kampagne gegen Terrorismus und Extremismus in Xinjiang, 2021.

  • China's International Commercial Courts for the Belt and Road Initiative: Structures, Functions, and Relevance, 2020.

  • Constitutional Restraint of Civil and Political Rights in Chinese Courts, 2018.

  • Controlling a National Asset: A Legal Analysis of China‘s Panda Monopoly, 2018.

  • Security First: China‘s Tightened Legal Framework for the Suppression of Terrorism, 2017.

  • Probing into China‘s Court Data: The Case for a Constitutional Jurisprudence, 2017.

  • Mo’Borders Mo Crime? China’s Fragmented Regime for Transnational Crime, 2017.

  • Das Affektionsinteresse im Chinesischen Recht, 2016.

  • Der Schutz von Unternehmensgeheimnissen in China, 2016.

  • 海洋入宪 - Hegemonic Maritime Policy and Constitutional Change in China, 2015.

  • Public Trial in Chinese Courts and the New Public Access Judgement Database, 2014.

  • Research on Criminal Law in China Reconsidered: The Limits of Self-Defense, 2013.

  • Genese des Strafvollzugs in China, 2012.

  • Volkes Wille und die Unabhängigkeit der chinesischen Justiz am Beispiel von „Medienurteilen – 媒体审判“, 2010.