Center for Oceans Policy and Law and Management of the Chinese Southeastern Waters
The idea to establish center for oceans policy and law at Xiamen University began with the start of the 21th century. After a year of preparation, on January 15, 2002, XUM-COLS was formally established in the School of Law, Xiamen University and began operation within the institutional framework of the School of Law and other related institutes of Xiamen University. After two years in operation, the university decided to expand the center to include research on oceans policy under the School of Law and Ocean and Environment School, Xiamen University. On Nov.27th, 2003, it was formally renamed the Center for Oceans Policy and Law (XUM-COPL).
In 2005, the center began publication of China Oceans Law Review. Given the importance of proper management of China’s Southeastern Waters, the center was once again renamed to the Center for Oceans Policy and Law and Management of the Chinese Southeastern Waters, thereby combining and taking advantage of the excellent legal, interdisciplinary and research facilities of Xiamen University in order to make lasting contributions to the management of the Chinese Southeastern Waters and to oceans policy and law.