Zhu Yan is Professor of Law at the Law School of Renmin University of China. He grew up in the city of Lianyungang in Jiangsu Province, and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Renmin University of China in 1995 and 1999, respectively. From 1999-2003 he studied civil law as a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Bremen, Germany, where he received his Ph.D. He then had a one year research stay at the Max-Planck Institute for International and Foreign Private Law in Hamburg, Germany. In 2004 he became a faculty member of the Renmin Law School. His current research project is on “Risk Society and the Basic Structure of Modern Tort Law”. He is particularly interested in the fields of civil, commercial and comparative law. He has published General Part of Tort Law, Vol. I. Law of Liability Establishment (2011, Law Press, Beijing) and many articles in Chinese, English and German, including “Background and Key Content of the New Chinese Tort Liability Law” (co-authored with Prof. Helmut Koziol, Journal of European Tort Law, March 2010).