Pu Jian is a professor at Peking University. His courtesy name is Gu Zhi, and his self-title is Yi Shui. He was born in 1927 in Yutian, Hebei Province.
In September 1949, Pu Jian went to study at China University of Political Science and Law and in 1950 was transferred to study at the Law School of People's University of China (now renamed as Renmin University of China Law School). He graduated in 1954 and started work at Peking University Law School that same year. As his career progressed he held the posts of teaching assistant, lecturer, vice-professor and professor. He sits on the board of directors of the National Association of Legal History, as well as the Research Association of Chinese Legal History and the Research Association for Legal Issues on the Chinese Mainland and Taiwan. He also serves as a researcher at the Institute of Legal History and the Institute of Legal Documents at China University of Political Science and Law. Professor Pu is a tutor of doctoral candidates in the field of legal history at the Law School of China University
of Political Science and Law. He also teaches as a guest professor at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, and serves as vice director of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Liberal Arts Documentary Resources Information Center of Renmin University of China (affiliated to the Ministry of Education (MoE) of China). He is a member of the Teaching Committee and head of the Teaching and Research Group of Chinese Legal History at the National Lawyer Correspondence Centre of China. Professor Pu is also a member of the OUC's Supervisory Committee in Legal Science and a member of the Beijing Municipal Self-Taught Higher Education Examinations Committee, responsible for examinations in Chinese Legal History.
He lectures on Chinese Legal History, the History of Chinese Legal Philosophy, Research on Historical Materials in Chinese Legal History, the History of Chinese Administrative Legislation, the History of Chinese Economic Legislation and Research on the Tang Code, both at the OUC and other universities. He also gives talks at universities in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
A Brief History of Chinese Legal History (Volume One & Volume Two), of which Professor Pu was the principle author, was the first openly published book on Chinese Legal History following the founding of the People's Republic of China. It had a
great impact both at home and abroad. The Chinese Legal History, of which he was the chief editor, was published by Guangming Daily Press and won an excellent textbook prize at Peking University. His masterpiece, Ancient Chinese Administrative Legislation, attracted great attention upon its release. His recently published work, Ancient Chinese Legislation Documents (Volumes 1-4), makes another important contribution to the subject of Chinese Legal History. Professor Pu is known for his thorough grounding in his field and precise writing style. His academic achievements have been highly valued by experts in the field. Some of his articles have been translated into Japanese by Japanese scholars. He is the chief editor for Chinese Legal History in the Peking University Encyclopedia of Jurisprudence. He has dedicated himself to teaching for 40 years and has always been patient with his students, who are now working all over the world. He received an e
xcellent teacher award from the Ministry of Justice of the People's Republic of China. He is always strict with himself and tolerant of others. He is dedicated to academic research and pays no attention to fame or profit. He enjoys great respect in the field of Chinese Legal History. From 1985, he has worked as a chief lecturer and chief editor for Chinese Legal History at the OUC. In 1994, he was awarded the title of Excellent Chief Lecturer by the OUC.