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.
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Professor Zhu Daming’s new Japanese to Chinese translation work, The Spirit of Corporate Law, was published by China Law Press in October, 2016. The author of the original work is Professor Hideki Kanda, an internationally renowned scholar of corporate law from the University of Tokyo.
The translated work is Professor Zhu’s latest contribution to the Japan Commercial and Financial Law Book Series, which he edits and translates. The Spirit of Corporate Law covers five chapters: the definition of corporate law, the structure of a stock company, a stock company’s fund procurement, corporate restructuring, and the future direction of corporate law.
Under Professor Zhu’s editorship, the Japan Commercial and Financial Law Book Series includes monograph and code translation aimed at advancing China’s knowledge of Japanese commercial and financial law. To date, three books in the Series have been published to great acclaim: Japan Corporate Law Explained, The Philosophy of Corporate Law and Financial Instruments and Exchange Law.
Professor Zhu earned his Ph.D. and LL.M. from Hitotsubashi University in Japan and is a prominent scholar of corporate law, with special focus on financial law and comparative commercial law. Earlier this year, he was appointed as a Director of the prestigious China Law Commercial Law Society. He is the author of over thirty scholarly articles and seven monographs and translated works. He teaches Chinese commercial legal system, mergers and acquisitions, and company law in STL’s cutting-edge J.M. curriculum.
Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL) began the 2016-17 academic year welcoming 99 new students, including 90 J.D. and J.M. students, four LL.M. students (from Malaysia, Pakistan, Peru and Ethiopia) and five exchange students (from Germany, The Netherlands, Brazil, and the United States). The new J.D./J.M. class includes students from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the United States and Canada.
Dean Philip McConnaughay officially welcomed students to STL during orientation on August 14-16. “Your time at STL will provide you with a deep understanding of the law of China, America, and the EU, and with the superior analytical and advocacy skills essential to cross-cultural and transnational exchange. This is why STL graduates are in such high demand by China’s and the world’s leading law firms, government agencies, NGOs and companies. This also is why STL graduates are tomorrow’s leaders,” said Dean McConnaughay in his welcome to new students.
The orientation program included discussions with faculty and upper-level students about academic and student life at STL and how to succeed in STL’s cutting edge and academically rigorous English-language J.D. and China law curriculums. Students also participated in small group case briefing exercises designed to help them analyze a judicial opinion, which is essential for success in STL’s interactive case study method of teaching.
On August 25 and 26, the Peking University Shenzhen Graduate Campus (PKUSZ) will hold its opening ceremony for all new graduate students. This year’s program will focus on team-building and leadership development, as well as on the campus’s efforts to deepen multidisciplinary relationships among the eight schools on PKU’s Shenzhen Graduate Campus: School of Electronic and Computer Engineering, School of Chemical Biology and Biotechnology, School of Environment and Energy, School of Urban Planning and Design, School of Advanced Materials, HSBS Business School, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the School of Transnational Law.
United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito spent a full week in residence at Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL) this past week teaching a seminar on the U.S. Supreme Court to STL students and offering an extended and candid Q&A session for the entire STL community. Justice Alito was accompanied by Georgetown University Law Center Visiting Professor John Baker.
STL Dean Philip McConnaughay said, “Justice Alito’s visit provided an extraordinary opportunity for STL students to spend extensive in-person time every day for an entire week with a Justice of the United States Supreme Court. The seminar focused on the recent case of RJR Nabisco, Inc. v. European Community [579 U.S. ___ (2016)], with STL students ultimately preparing and presenting moot oral arguments to Justice Alito, just as if they were appearing before the Supreme Court. The week was extraordinary and we are deeply grateful to Justice Alito for providing STL students with such a historic opportunity.”
3L student Li Yidan said of her seminar experience, “To be able to spend five days with Justice Alito and Professor Baker is something beyond imagination. None of us would have expected to have this opportunity; but STL made it happen and it is the most honorable and exciting moment of my life…. The 5 minutes before Justice Alito speaking as an appellate attorney before the Supreme Court cast a spell on me. I gave a roadmap, carefully unfolded my first argument, watched every look on his face to adjust every sentence I said, and neatly answered the first question he asked. The 5-minute argument brought together everything STL has been teaching me — the analytical reasoning skills I develop in rounds and rounds of Socratic questioning, the English language skills I acquire in legal writing classes, and the argumentative skills I learn in participating in moot court competition.”
3L seminar student Zhu Liusheng said, “It was an amazing experience to argue before Justice Alito. I have listened to many Supreme Court oral arguments on audio, but this was the first time to have one of the Justices in front of me asking me questions. There was a moment that I even felt like I was in the U.S. Supreme Court! Justice Alito asked me very probing questions that went to the core of the legal issues, which opened a window for me to see how Justice Alito thinks. I am truly grateful for this wonderful educational opportunity.”
1L student Hu Yue asked Justice Alito a question during the community-wide Q&A. She said of her experience, “It was my great honor and a once in a lifetime opportunity to listen to and even talk to Justice Alito in person. For me it is an extremely unique experience to ask Justice Alito a question and have Justice Alito kindly reply to me with patience, which is a great inspiration for my law studying and career planning.”
2L student Qin Shijie said, “I was extremely excited to be picked out of the large, enthusiastic crowd and become the first one on such an extraordinary occasion to raise questions to Justice Alito. As he responded to me in such a thoughtful and gracious manner, with almost every word he articulated carved in my mind, I couldn’t help recalling the past year of burying myself in the casebooks, where I was frequently intrigued by the complexity and beauty of those novel legal questions. And now, a real Justice is standing in front of me, and speaking to me.”
4L seminar student Yu Yadian said, “Before law school, when I had almost zero knowledge about the Supreme Court of the United States, and just started to read The Nine, if someone had told me that one day I would argue a case in front of Justice Alito, and be grilled by his hard questions, I would definitely think that person is crazy. This experience will constantly remind me of how privileged I am as a law student, and reassure me in my future career — I argued my first Supreme Court case while I was still in law school, nothing should ever terrify me!”
4L seminar student Pei Yiliang said, “Everyone in the seminar was impressed by the humility and candidness of Justice Alito. Our discussions spanned a wide variety of topics and the experience has forged a bond between us.”
Justice Alito also met during his visit with former Vice President of Peking University and current Vice Chair of the Peking University Council, Professor Hai Wen, with Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School Chancellor, Professor Wu Yundong, and with members of STL’s faculty.
2016 marks Justice Alito’s 10th year on the United States Supreme Court. He took his seat January 31, 2006, following his nomination by United States President George W. Bush and confirmation by the United States Senate. Justice Alito served previously as a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, as the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, and as an official of the United States Department of Justice.
Professor Norman P. Ho has been appointed a Visiting Fellow at the Asian Law Institute (“ASLI”) of the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law (“NUS Law”). As a Visiting Fellow, Professor Ho will spend approximately two months in residence at NUS Law pursuing his research, attending workshops and meetings, and contributing with seminars for the NUS Law community. Professor Ho is one of a select number of scholars from ASLI member institutions to be awarded the fully funded fellowship.
Professor Ho’s research focuses on legal theory and legal history, with an emphasis on premodern China, comparative jurisprudence, and property theory.
Students in STL’s Small Business Entrepreneurship Clinic successfully secured a patent for their client, Urban Forest (都市之森), a new company based in Shenzhen. The patent was for a newly designed inflatable travel pillow. Three students assisted with the matter: Zhao Jiangyun ’18, He Yimin ’18 and Qi Xin ’18.
The Small Business Entrepreneurship Clinic, directed by Visiting Clinical Lecturer Yuan Peihao, is designed to provide upper-level students with practical experience in legal research, advocacy, client counseling, and transactional practice. The Clinic focuses on advising Shenzhen-based small business entrepreneurial ventures on the wide range of business organization, intellectual property, and other regularly and personal (family law) issues that typically accompany the ramp-up effort of new businesses. The Clinic commenced operations in AY 2015-16.
“The Small Business Entrepreneurship Clinic has provided me with a unique platform, which enables me to put theories into practice. As I work on real-life cases in the Clinic, my sense of the responsibility of being a lawyer has been enhanced and my professional skills have been improved,” said He Yimin.
STL is a leader in teaching lawyering skills. The law school offers novel legal services clinics in which students work directly with clients under the supervision of an experienced lawyer, supervised externship opportunities for students during which students work with law firms and NGOs for academic credit, and J.D./J.M. curriculums rich with courses that focus on skills as well as theory.
STL’s 2016 WTO Moot Court Team won Best Written Submission and swept the Best Oralist Awards, earning Team Second Prize overall, at the Fifth Annual China WTO Moot Court Competition in Beijing on December 17-19, 2016. This year’s team is composed of four students: Kou Shangyangzi ’18, Wang Fengyang ’19, Zhang Jiayue ’19, and Zhang Xi ’19. Jiang Shan ’17 serves as the student coach.
The China WTO Moot Court Competition is jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM) and two distinguished Chinese law schools. This year, sixteen teams from leading law schools across China participated in the Competition. STL’s team prevailed over teams from Southwest University of Political Science and Law and Wuhan University in the preliminary rounds, during which team members Zhang Xi and Zhang Jiayue earned individual distinction as Best Oralist for the Complainant and Best Oralist for the Respondent, respectively. The team’s superior written work throughout the Competition earned them the Best Written Submission Award, and earned student coach Jiang Shan the honor of Best Coach for Written Submission.
“Competing in the WTO Moot Court has deepened my understanding of anti-dumping, an issue that often involves China. Advocating before the expert judges and communicating with them outside of the courtroom increased my awareness of and respect for WTO practitioners and their vision for China’s greater role in the stage of international trade,” remarked Zhang Xi.
Wang Fengyang mentioned the team’s great advantage in legal reasoning and argumentation, which she attributed to STL’s unique legal education and teaching methodology. She also enjoyed “the unique team dynamics” and the memorable experience of competing side-by-side with her teammates.
The next stop for the WTO team is Singapore, where they will compete in February at the Asia-Pacific Regional Round of the ELSA WTO Moot Court Competition. The Regional Round will be contested by teams from Singapore, Australia, Bangladesh, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Philippines, Korea, and several other countries.
(Special thanks to WTO student coach Jiang Shan for contributing this news.)
On December 12, 2016, STL’s Peking University Transnational Law Review was invited to participate in the “Symposium on the Development of English-Language Legal Journals in China,” hosted jointly by China Legal Science and Frontiers of Law in China. The Symposium was held at Renmin University School of Law in Beijing and included more than 50 invited scholars and editors from leading law schools, publishing companies and well-known China-based legal journals. The Peking University Transnational Law Review was represented by its Editor-in-Chief, 3L student Zheng Xinjia, and faculty advisors, Professors Ray Campbell and Sang Yop Kang.
The Symposium marked the first time that China-based English-language legal journals came together to discuss their shared missions of promoting international perspectives of legal theory and practice and of contributing to global academic discourse.
The Peking University Transnational Law Review was founded in 2011. It is a student-run journal devoted to publishing scholarly articles about transnational law topics.
Building on Peking University School of Transnational Law’s (STL) tradition of exceptional performance in the CIETAC Cup, the school’s 2016 Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot team placed third out of forty-six teams from across China. From November 21–25, four students, Cai Jinlan ‘18, Guo Xin ‘18, Qin Shijie ‘19, and Zhou Rongyu ‘19, competed for the Cup in Beijing. A former best oralist and CIETAC champion, Yu Yadian ‘17, assisted as a student coach.
During the preliminary round, each of the students argued twice as pairs before panels of three arbitrators on behalf of either Claimant or Respondent. Based on their cumulative scores, the students advanced from the preliminary round in second place. The team went on to prevail over Shantou University in the quarterfinals, in which Zhou Rongyu won a best oralist award. STL then lost to Tsinghua University, the ultimate champions, in the semifinals.
The CIETAC Cup is sponsored by the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC). Conducted entirely in English, the CIETAC Cup uses the same case problem as the international Vis competition, focusing on the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, and simulates actual arbitral hearings.
Since it first entered the CIETAC Cup in 2013, STL has earned a reputation as a top competitor. Indeed, STL’s Vis team won the Championship in 2013 and 2014. Like this year, the 2015 team placed third. STL’s track record of success has made it a popular team to watch. As Cai Jinlan noted, “When numerous people were flooding into the room in order to watch our school, I was so proud of STL.”
For prior two-time CIETAC competitor Guo Xin, the process was about more than simply winning or losing; it was about personal development. Performing better than she ever had before, she remarked, “The best part of this is you finally know how much you’ve learned in STL.” Zhou Rongyu echoed her sentiment: “When I started preparing for Vis, I didn’t even know what arbitration was. I feel really grateful when I look back at the things I’ve learned, and I really appreciate the support from my coach and school.”
Zhou Rongyu was not alone in praising the school’s unending support of its moot court teams, which includes both financial support and close cooperation with faculty to refine essential knowledge and skills. To this end, each of the students had long lists of STL professors to thank for training and helping to work through tough substantive issues. More than just a group effort, the team’s success truly relies upon a school-wide culture that emphasizes teamwork and intellectual curiosity.
In the words of Qin Shijie, “When my partner and I were completely composed navigating through myriads of hard questions bombarded from renowned scholars, arbitrators, and ex-world champions of Vis, I suddenly realized how well STL’s everyday rigorous training had prepared us for the competition, and how far I had come since I entered this innovative law school. Studying at STL is one of the very best choices I have made in my life. The experience with CIETAC Cup is just one more proof to this conviction.”
Recipient of the Outstanding Contribution Award, Yu Yadian applauded the students for their ability to balance the competition and STL’s heavy workload. Remembering her own participation in Vis, she also spoke of the competition’s intangible rewards: “This experience is much more than a few rounds of oral arguments and a mountain of documents, and I am sure it will benefit them in a profound way, as it has benefitted me.”
As faculty coach to the team, it is worth stressing that, in addition to displaying superior intellect and skill in the rounds, the students conducted themselves as noteworthy outside the moot court room. With both students from other schools and arbitrators, they were respectful, cordial, and warm–in short, all that I have come to expect from STL. It has been wonderful to coach such dedicated and inspiring students, and I often feel I ended up learning more from them than they did from me. I will never forget the memories we shared together, from staying up late in the hotel to learn the results from the preliminaries, to hearing the decision in the semifinals. The students are what make teaching at STL a magical experience.
Although certainly deserved, there is little time for rest. The students already have their sights set on April when they will travel to Vienna to compete in the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. Cai Jinlan is looking forward to “another amazing journey to Vienna,” and Zhou Rongyu anticipates even more fun in Europe. Speaking for the team, Qin Shijie summed up the entire experience as an “unparalleled adventure” that the team takes together.
That adventure has just begun.
(Special thanks to C.V. Starr Lecturer and Vis Team Coach John Aycock for authoring this news.)