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Dong Shaoling, a 2016 graduate of Peking University School of Transnational Law, has been named to the Forbes China “Top 30 Under 30” in Media, Marketing and Advertising for 2017. The ranking is part of Forbes China’s listing of “300 Top Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Leaders Under Age 30.” (Click here for the ranking.)
Dong Shaoling is the CEO of Shenzhen ZhongbeiMingyi Tech Co., Ltd, which provides innovative IT services and solutions. One of its most popular products, RabbitPre, an HTML5 online tool and application generator, already has more than eight million registered corporate users, including Alibaba and China Mobile.
Click here for an interview (in Chinese) with Dong Shaoling about his reasons for choosing to study law at Peking University School of Transnational Law and about his successful business.
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.
STL Distinguished Scholar in Residence Susan Finder was invited to speak at the March 8, 2018 launch of the “Women in Arbitration” initiative organized by the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC). The event was held in Shanghai on International Women’s Day and was attended by female practitioners of international arbitration and related practice areas. The Women in Arbitration initiative aims to “provide a forum for members to consider and discuss current topics, grow networks and business relationships, and develop the next generation of leading female practitioners.”
On March 7, Professor Finder was one of several experts invited to present at the “Bund Expert Forum” hosted by the Shanghai office of Boss & Young Attorneys-at-Law. Professor Finder’s remarks focused on the knowledge and competencies essential for successful transnational legal practice. Professor Finder was joined by experts and scholars from Fudan University and East China University of Political Science and Law.
Professor Sang Yop KANG was invited to participate in a January 13-14, 2018 conference in Singapore on “US-Asia Comparative Corporate Governance.” The conference was organized jointly by the law research centers at National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore Management University (SMU), and University of California, Berkeley. Prominent corporate law professors who participated in addition to Professor Kang included Professors Holger Spamann (Harvard University), David Zaring (University of Pennsylvania), Dan Puchniak and Umakanth Varottil (NUS), Wan Wai Yee (SMU), Kon Sik Kim and Kyung Hoon Chun (Seoul National University), Gen Goto (University of Tokyo), and Manabu Matsunaka (Nagoya University).
The conference focused on selected issues of comparative corporate governance, including shareholder activism, minority shareholder protection, and agency-principal conflicts between controlling and minority shareholders and between boards and shareholders.
Professor Kang commented on Professor Kyung Hoon Chun’s draft article on the multiple derivative suit system in addition to commenting on topics presented by other participants.
Professor Sang Yop KANG was invited to a corporate law conference on “Boards of Directors: Composition and Process” at Leeds University (UK), January 15-16, 2018. The conference was co-sponsored by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Leeds University School of Law, and the Centre for Comparative Corporate Governance (CCC-CG) of the Deakin University Law School, Australia. Conference presenters included leading corporate law professors and practitioners from the U.K., U.S., Europe and Australia. Joining Professor Kang from China was Professor LIU Junhai (刘俊海教授) of Renmin University (中国人民大学).
Professor Kang presented his research on “Independent Director System in a Controlling Shareholder Regime: Korea.” He explained theories on the independent director system with comparative analysis of the system in the U.S., China, and Korea. In addition, he participated in a panel discussion of shareholder primacy (shareholder wealth maximization) and stakeholder primacy (stakeholder welfare maximization).
On January 17, STL Dean Philip McConnaughay participated with the former President of Croatia, the Ambassador Extraordinare of the Slovak Republic, the Mayor of Bacău, Romania, the Deputy Mayor of Athens, Greece, and senior government officials of Shenzhen, Hainan, and Shanwei in the “2018 Forum for International City Partnership and Industry Cooperation under the Belt & Road Initiative, ” organized by the China Federation of Industrial Economics and Development Research Center of the Shenzhen Municipal Government.
The principal purpose of the Forum was to explore opportunities for enhanced cooperation and to promote innovation across economies within the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Shenzhen’s unique role as one of the largest drivers of innovation in the world was central in all discussions of how to facilitate economic exchange in the BRI.
Dean McConnaughay’s remarks focused on the striking parallels between the massive infrastructure investment China currently is making in roads, high-speed rail, and ports interconnecting BRI countries and the extraordinarily rapid urbanization and economic growth that resulted from China’s massive infrastructure investment interconnecting the major cities of the Pearl River Delta over the past few decades.
STL Dean Philip McConnaughay was one of four distinguished panelists at a Chulalongkorn University conference on “Rethinking Legal Education from Global Perspectives,” January 8-9 in Bangkok. The other panelists were David Kennedy, the Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School; Hon. Surakiart Sathiratai, Thailand’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs and a former dean of Chulalongkorn Faculty of Law; and Vitit Muntarbhorn, former United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights and Gender Equality and Professor Emeritus at Chulalongkorn Faculty of Law.
The program was introduced by Bundhit Eua-Arporn, President of Chulalongkorn University. Professor Pareena Srivanit, the first female dean of Chulalongkorn Faculty of Law, offered welcome remarks and noted, “We are very impressed by the innovative approaches to legal education utilized by Peking University School of Transnational Law and greatly appreciate [STL’s] contribution to legal education reform in China and Asia.”
As part of Dean McConnaughay’s visit, the Chulalongkorn law faculty expressed great interest in ongoing collaboration and exchange with STL.