May 4, 2018 marks the 120th anniversary of Peking University!
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Peking University School of Transnational Law celebrated the opening of its new “STL Building” with a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, March 20, 2017. The event marked a major milestone for the STL community and introduced a new landmark on Peking University’s Shenzhen Graduate Campus (PKUSZ).
The 8,900 square meter STL Building was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), one of the world’s premier architectural firms, in cooperation with Shenzhen-based Huasen Architectural & Engineering Consultants Ltd.
Participants in the STL Building dedication ceremony included Professor Wu Yundong, Chancellor of PKUSZ, Philip McConnaughay, Dean of STL and Vice Chancellor of PKUSZ, Jeffrey Lehman, Founding Dean of STL and current Vice Chancellor of New York University’s Shanghai campus, and Jill Lerner, managing principal at (KPF). The ceremony was held in the main atrium of the STL Building and was attended by hundreds of STL students, faculty, and alumni, as well as scores of PKUSZ leaders, government officials, architects and contractors, community members and other distinguished guests.
In his welcome remarks, Dean McConnaughay observed that STL’s success was a combined effort of so many of the people present. “It is wonderful to see so many STL graduates, students and friends and former and present STL colleagues here today – so many people who have had so much to do with the establishment and success of STL,” said Dean McConnaughay. “It was clear from the outset that STL would require a building that gives expression to the importance and forward-looking character of our law school, while providing an environment in which we all can comfortably study, learn and interact,” he said.
Dean Lehman praised the commitment of Peking University and the City of Shenzhen to work together to envision a new kind of architectural home for STL’s pioneering style of legal education. “This is a building that, just like the law, looks completely different, depending on the perspective with which you approach it. It integrates many different architectural cultures into an original, creative new style. This style speaks to our shared future – our need to harmonize differences as we transcend boundaries,” said Lehman.
“The new building realizes our vision to successfully combine formal education with informal learning,” said Jill Lerner of KPF. “The building satisfies STL’s unique teaching and learning demands, where faculty and students engage not just in the classroom, but also in the hallways and common areas,” she said.
“In this new building, STL will make even greater strides on the path of success,” said Chancellor Wu, who mentioned several of STL’s groundbreaking achievements as evidence of the bright future STL enjoys.
The STL Building was completed in January 2017. Classes in the building commenced at the start of the spring semester on February 20, 2017.
Located immediately between the beautifully restored Dashahe River Parkway and the PKUSZ campus central plaza, the STL Building serves as the gateway for the PKUSZ campus. The centerpiece of the new building is a grand tiered atrium with spectacular outward views of the landscaped pathway running the length of the Dashahe River. Additional building features include one 100-person classroom that can be converted into a high-tech moot courtroom; three additional 100-person classrooms; an on-site law library equipped with the latest in digital research platforms; four 60-person classrooms; four 20-person classrooms; several intimate seminar rooms; legal clinic and student organizations suites; outdoor terraces and reading gardens; highly functional faculty and administrative offices; and abundant student study space. The building represents a place for intellectual discourse, friendships forged and memories made.
“STL is a school that trains legal minds, shapes personalities, and ultimately cultivates future leaders,” said 3L student Li Yidan. “The new building is a great home for STL. The open spaces encourage interactive learning and the abundant sunlight brings life to the black letter law.”
Professor Stephen Minas, a scholar of climate change governance, technology transfer and transnational legal structures, played an important role at the November 6-17 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. The Conference was the 23rd meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP23) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The annual COP meeting is the key venue for the international community to set the course of activity under the Climate Convention and the 2016 Paris Agreement.
Professor Minas co-organized a panel discussion on “Just Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy,” which was co-hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), the Foundation Jean Jaurès, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and the Transnational Law Institute (TLI) of King’s College London. The panel discussed practical options for addressing climate justice in a fair, progressive and socially equitable manner. Professor Minas spoke about the social dimensions of the EU’s Energy Union framework.
Other speakers on the panel included the President of the EESC, Georges Dassis; Cillian Lohan, EESC Rapporteur on Climate Justice; Agnès Michelot of the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council; Anne-Beth Skrede, Adviser on Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development with the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions; Mart Raamat, representing the Estonian presidency of the EU; and Emily Hickson, Manager, Net Zero by 2050 at the B-Team, who discussed the business community’s engagement with unions and civil society in scaling up climate action.
Professor Minas also moderated a panel discussion on “A Just Transition, Economic Diversification and the Forum on Response Measures to Climate Change.” Speakers included William Kojo Agyemang-Bonsu, Manager, Mitigation and Transparency Support, UN Climate Secretariat; Peter Govindasamy, member of the Singapore delegation and member of the ad hoc Technical Expert Group; Steven Turnbull from the delegation of Australia; Nick Mabey, Chief Executive and a founding director of E3G; and Annabella Rosemberg, Policy Officer at the International Trade Union Confederation.
Later in the Conference, Professor Minas participated in the side event of the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism, which works on climate technology development and transfer. The Technology Executive Committee (TEC) is the policy arm of the mechanism, providing reporting and recommendations on key technological developments; the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) is the implementation arm, responding to technical assistance requests from developing countries. Professor Minas is a member of the TEC’s task forces on mitigation and climate technology financing. As part of the panel discussion, he presented on the TEC’s engagement with the research community and other non-party stakeholders.
Professor Minas also participated in a panel discussion as part of Law Day, hosted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The IUCN is an environmental network encompassing both government and civil society organisations. He is a member of the IUCN’s World Commission on Environmental Law and its Specialist Group on Climate Change. The panel discussion focused on opportunities for the Specialist Group to contribute legal advice and research to assist in the implementation of the Paris Agreement and related climate change instruments.
On November 8, the Law and Climate Change Toolkit was launched. The Toolkit is an online platform designed to assist countries in implementing the Paris Agreement through domestic legislation. The Toolkit is a collaboration of the UNFCCC Secretariat, the UN Environment, and the Commonwealth Secretariat. Professor Minas has been working with the project team to develop the Toolkit.
Further information about the UN Climate Change Conference 2017 is available here.
Wang Teng, a 4L student at Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL), has been selected as a 2017-18 Schwarzman Scholar, an elite scholarship program for top graduate students.
Wang Teng is one of 129 Scholars chosen from around the world to earn a fully-funded scholarship to study at the new Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing. The one-year master’s degree program for Schwarzman Scholars “is designed to prepare its graduates to build stronger relationships between China and a rapidly changing world and to address the most pressing challenges of the 21st Century.” Each Scholar will earn a degree in global affairs with a focus in one of three areas: public policy, economics and business, or international studies.
As a Schwarzman Scholar, Wang Teng will focus his studies on public policy. Longer-term, he is interested in reforming the judicial system and improving social justice in China.
“It will be an exciting new journey. I greatly appreciate the wonderful platform STL provided me. Besides the unique curriculum with cutting-edge legal knowledge, my interest in improving and reforming China’s judicial system was inspired and enhanced during my study in STL,” said Wang Teng.
“Wang Teng’s well-earned recognition in the highly selective Schwarzman Scholars program reflects well on STL’s standing as a law school that graduates future leaders. The faculty is proud of Wang Teng’s achievement. We are confident he will excel as a Schwarzman Scholar, just as he has as a student at STL,” said Philip McConnaughay, dean of STL.
Wang Teng joined STL in 2013 and will graduate in July 2017 with a dual degree Common Law Juris Doctor (J.D.) and China Law Juris Master (J.M.). STL is the only law school in the world to offer a combined J.D./J.M. program of study. Wang Teng earned his Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Xiamen University in 2011. He spent his senior year of college studying political science at American University in Washington D.C. as an exchange student; he spent part of his 3L year at STL as an exchange student at the University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Law studying European Union law and international law. Among his many accomplishments, Wang Teng served as editor-in-chief of the Peking University Transnational Law Review, received the National Scholarship for graduate students, and interned at King & Wood Mallesons Beijing office.
The Schwarzman Scholars program, which recognizes academic excellence, leadership accomplishment, and significant promise to contribute to a deeper understanding across cultures, was founded and largely funded by Stephen Schwarzman, co-founder of Blackstone, a global investment firm. Schwarzman contributed $100 million USD to establish the program and is overseeing a campaign to raise an additional $350 million USD from private sources to fully endow the program.
To view the full list of Schwarzman Scholars, please click here.
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