2016 Yenching Scholars
David Hongler

David Hongler

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David Hongler studied in Zurich, where he completed his Master's degree in the field of law in 2016. He returned to Switzerland after spending a year at the Renmin University of China. During his time in Beijing, he studied China's legal system while also making an effort to better understand Chinese contemporary society through the means of cultural immersion and intensive language studies. David holds both Swiss and German citizenship and grew up in an intellectually stimulating environment in Zurich. Early on, he developed a broad variety of interests ranging from competitive rowing to the art of Japanese woodblock prints. During his studies in Switzerland, he accumulated both professional and volunteer experience. Notably, he was employed as a research assistant to a Chair for International Law. Among other things, he extensively researched the sovereignty disputes over the maritime features in the South China Sea. David's academic interests are not just limited to the sphere of law, but extend to history, philosophy, society and economics. As a Yenching Scholar, he is further developing his interests in Law and Society in China, and also gaining a deeper understanding of China's economy.