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Good News! 2 Major R&D Programs in Philosophy & Social Sciences Approved by the Ministry of Education

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  Recently, the Ministry of Education announced the results for the awarding of Major R&D Program in Philosophy and Social Sciences of the Ministry of Education in 2020. Among the 51 programs approved nationwide, our university was awarded 2 programs, a historical breakthrough in the number on a yearly basis. The two programs awarded are the Positioning and Role Playing of Administrative Function of Judicature Under the Vision of Comprehensive Rule of Law  (Project No. 20JZD021) bidded for by Professor Yu Shaoru from the School of Administrative Law as the chief expert, and Research on Major Risk Prevention System in AI Development  (Project No. 20JZD026) bidded for by Professor Hou Dongde from the School of Civil and Commercial Law as the chief expert.

  Professor Yu Shaoru has long been committed to teaching and research in the field of judicial administration, focusing on the reform of party and government institutions and the four major functions of administrative legislation, administrative law enforcement, criminal enforcement, and public legal services, accumulating a good preliminary research foundation by giving lectures to relevant practical departments and promoting research in related fields. In order to ensure the research quality of the project, the research team also invited well-known experts, scholars and researchers from related fields to participate in the research. According to the project research schedule, the research group is committed to build a set of theoretical framework for judicial administration in line with the requirements of comprehensive rule of law, guided by Xi Jinping’s Thought on Socialism with Chinese characteristics for a New Era. The research will focus on the purpose, mode and development of China’s judicial administration system reform and other issues for in-depth interpretation, analysis, research and discussion, and at the same time, by guiding the practice with the theory, further improve the practical operation of judicial administration work, and maximize the unique advantages of judicial administration in the governance of the country.

  Professor Hou Dongde currently serves as the Dean of the Advanced Research Institute of SWUPL, the Dean of the Institute of Artificial Intelligence and Law of SWUPL, the Director of Chongqing Cybersecurity Rule of Law Research Center, the Editor-in-Chief of Journal Artificial Intelligence and Law , a member of the Sino-Singapore Innovation Legal Policy Working Group, and a member of the Chongqing Big Data Standard Committee. He has led the Advanced Research Institute and the Institute of Artificial Intelligence and Law of SWUPL to hold several AI and Law Forums, and has rich theoretical background and practical experience in AI and law. His main research fields and research expertise are business law, corporate law, securities law, interdisciplinary research on artificial intelligence and law, legal issues of blockchain, cybersecurity law, etc. In recent years, he has undertaken research tasks such as the Research on the Whole Process Simulation Technology for Litigation-related Petitioning , a National Key Research and Development Program of the Ministry of Science and Technology, and has formed a number of relevant achievements. The current approved program, the Research on Major Risk Prevention System in AI Development , mainly relies on law to comprehensively regulate the technical risks in the development of artificial intelligence and the social, economic and political risks caused by the technology, and through in-depth, comprehensive and systematic research, to fully explore the existing risks in the development of artificial intelligence and objectively predict the potential risks in the development of artificial intelligence. Based on the comprehensive and profound grasp of the major risks in the development of artificial intelligence, the program explores measures to prevent risks in major fields in the development of artificial intelligence, seeks to build a complete theoretical system and institutional framework for risk prevention in artificial intelligence, and puts forward new institutional framework and policy recommendations for risk prevention.

  The approved projects represent another important achievement of SWUPL’s adherence to the school running philosophy of “dedicated scholarship based on strong scientific research”, which will vigorously promote the construction of “first-class disciplines” to a higher quality and higher level of development.