Camille Jetzer


Who are you?

My name is Camille Jetzer, I’m a French-British citizen living in Geneva. I am currently studying for a degree in Chinese at the University of Oxford.

What did you study on the LSE-PKU Summer School?

I chose the law course “A Rule of Law?” taught by professors from PKU who are experts in their field. I had no prior legal knowledge, but had been studying Chinese language, philosophy and history and was intrigued to discover how a western idea like the rule of law could apply to a culturally and historically very different system. On a more pragmatic level, I wanted to find out how commercial law works in China as this is important to any upcoming company.

I was very pleased with the course. We covered a lot of material, but it was sufficiently in depth that I gained a good background knowledge of Chinese commercial law. I remember the enthusiasm of our professors and teachers – they kept the class lively, gave us insight into their personal legal experience in China and paid special attention in answering all our questions. When one of our professors explained the technical aspects of land law, she also told us about her own family’s experience in rural China and how they had to deal with the implementation of the law. This gave me insight into the social aspects of legal procedures in China and thus enabled me to approach the course material from a different perspective.

The course broadened my knowledge of China and made me examine recent socio-political developments and China’s international role in a new light. Having had a glimpse of law in China has led me to consider a possible new area of research or post-graduate study – now I am thinking I may apply for a post-graduate course in International Law.


How was your experience of China?

Before the Summer School I had spent a year at Peking University as part of my degree. Just before the course, I had been travelling around China climbing sacred Buddhist mountains and riding camels in the desert. Having been living and working in Beijing for a year before the beginning of the course, it was a refreshing cultural shock to be back in a very multicultural environment. I made some very good friends on the course.