China Cases Insights™ Writing Contest

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May 4, 2017 @ 8:00 AM - October 10, 2017 @ 11:55 PM

Due to numerous requests, we have decided to extend the deadline to October 10

The China Guiding Cases Project (“CGCP”) of Stanford Law School (“SLS”) is excited to announce China Cases InsightsTM Writing Contests for:

  • students and professionals, including judges, lawyers, academics, and other experts, inside China; and
  • students and recent graduates (i.e., those who graduated from their programs less than two years prior to September 30, 2017) outside China.
Travel Awards and Publication and Speaking Opportunities

Authors of quality submissions will have the opportunity to receive editorial input from the CGCP and have their pieces published as China Cases InsightsTM on the CGCP website, which has received over 51,000 unique visitors from around the world since it was upgraded two years ago.

In addition, authors of the top submissions will have the opportunity to participate in a large-scale conference in Beijing in March 2018, alongside foreign and Chinese judges and other leading experts, and/or in other CGCP events.

  • Group I: Among authors within China, finalists will receive domestic travel awards to attend the conference, while winners will, in addition to the domestic travel awards, be given speaking opportunities.
  • Group II: Among authors outside China, winners will receive international travel awards to attend the conference and have speaking opportunities.
How to Submit

Authors are welcome to submit individually or partner with another eligible author from the same group (i.e., the partners should both be either from Group I or Group II) to co-author a piece.

To submit, email the following to by September 30, 2017 October 10, 2017:

  • The piece in English or Chinese (3,000–3,500 English words/Chinese characters, not including endnotes (up to 25, generally citations)). Please strictly follow the Writing Guidelines explained below.
  • Resume(s) in English or Chinese.
  • Specify clearly in your email whether the author(s) is/are from Group I or Group II.

We encourage all interested authors to fill out the Intent to Submit form. While notifying us of your intent to submit in no way binds you to submitting, it will speed up the CGCP’s review of submissions and announcement of the results of the Writing Contest.

Writing Guidelines

China Cases InsightsTM (“Insights”) aims at providing legal and business professionals with concise and practical information, as well as insightful analyses and indispensable takeaways, about cases in or related to China to help these professionals in their practice of law and business.

Insights fall within the category “commentary” but are shorter and less academic than typical CGCP Commentaries. Moreover, Insights are generally narrower in scope, dealing with only one or a handful of specific case(s)—and usually only particular issues therein—and are framed by succinct takeaways up front and pithy conclusions to drive the key points of the issue(s) home for readers. With a stylized layout, the structure of each Insight is as follows:

  • Title, author(s), and date.
  • The Takeaway: approx. 100 words comprising one or more key or overarching observations, comments, or conclusions for practitioners to apply to their work or easily share with others.
  • The Rundown: 250–500 words serving either one of the following two purposes:
  • If the Insight primarily focuses on one or a handful of particular case(s), the Rundown should cover details about the “Facts and Results” and “Reasoning” of the case(s) as well as any background information required to better understand the case(s) for purposes of the Insight. This should allow authors to devote more space in the Breakdown (below) to analyses and insights.
  • If the Insight primarily focuses on issues related to a certain case, rather than the case itself, the Rundown should provide a synopsis of the Insight. Details about the “Facts and Results” and “Reasoning” of the case should be included as a sidebar (250–400 words), which aims to provide supplemental information for readers’ reference.
  • The Breakdown: 1,000–2,000 words comprising the main content, i.e., observations, analyses, and/or commentary, of the Insight. The focus should be on the case(s) and law at the center of the Insight, referencing additional laws, cases, etc. to complete the picture of the relevant practice area if necessary, while academic commentary should be kept to a minimum. Authors should strive to present points simply and straightforwardly; recondite writing, open-ended questions, etc. should be avoided unless they reflect the state of affairs in relevant law or practice. Authors may include, in moderation, their own subsection headings within the Breakdown.
  • The Conclusion: up to 250 words, 1–3 paragraphs bringing the point home, especially good if ending on a sentence that readers take with them and share with others.
  • Author(s) bio(s): up to 150 words, including general background but focusing on qualifications for offering the particular Insight.

For an example of the kind of analysis we are looking for, please see the first China Cases InsightTM published by the CGCP, in which the Honorable John M. Walker, Jr., (Senior Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit) analyzes Guiding Case No. 78 along with China’s Antimonopoly Law. China Cases InsightsTM published in the coming months will also be useful references.

Any questions about the Writing Contest should be directed to


Question: Is the competition open to authors from countries other than the United States and China?

Answer: Yes, the competition is open to authors from any country. Authors from outside China should specify in their Intent to Submit form and their submissions that they belong to Group II.

Question: I am currently residing in China but will pursue an advanced law degree outside China beginning in August 2017. Am I a “Group I” or “Group II” candidate?

Answer: Indeed, your situation is more ambiguous and we leave this to you to decide. The main difference between Group I and Group II is the type of travel award that we can offer. At this stage, we are ready to give a considerable number of domestic travel awards and only a few international travel awards. If you want to have a better chance to attend the conference and a domestic award still helps you, identifying yourself as a “Group I” candidate seems to be a good choice.

Question: I would like to finalize my Spring 2018 plan by the end of August 2017. Is it possible to submit my work early and receive your decision by the end of August 2017?

Answer: While we cannot guarantee a decision by August 2017, the sooner we receive indications of interest by authors and the sooner they submit their work, the sooner we can announce the results of the Writing Contest. To that end, we ask authors to fill out the Intent to Submit form now and to submit their work as soon as possible. While the Intent to Submit form is in no way binding and an early submission of work does not increase an author’s chances of success, both will facilitate the judging of the Writing Contest and the finalizing of travel awards and publications.

Question: Would writing about Guiding Cases in comparison with the Australian jurisdiction be acceptable?

Answer: Yes.  In fact, we look forward to receiving submissions from different jurisdictions.  The choice of topic is very open, but the chosen topic should be focused. Thus, for example, writing about one or several related aspect(s) of one or a limited number of Guiding Case(s) in comparison with the corresponding aspect(s) of Australian law and jurisprudence is acceptable.  For an exemplary piece, please see China Cases InsightsTM Issue No. 1 , by Judge Walker of the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Question:  I am a native Chinese speaker and fluent English writer.  If my piece is written in English, will my submission be considered more favorably?

Answer: We welcome submissions in either language and will not consider one more favorably than the other.  You should, however, think about which language is more appropriate for your topic.  For example, an in-depth discussion of how an issue arising from a Chinese case would be considered in foreign jurisdictions might work better if it is written in English.  Please also note that we expect to receive many quality submissions and, to make sure that these quality insights can reach our global audience promptly, the CGCP may publish a selected piece only in its original language or publish it in one language before publishing it also in another.  You may want to highlight on your résumé your English skills for your own sake, with the added advantage of receiving editorial input from experienced English-language editors if your piece is selected.


May 4, 2017 @ 8:00 AM
October 10, 2017 @ 11:55 PM