STL Celebrates the Commencement Ceremony of the Class of 2019

The STL community celebrated the eighth Commencement Ceremony of Peking University’s School of Transnational Law (STL) on May 18, 2019.  The ceremony recognized the extraordinary achievement of STL’s 76 J.D./J.M. graduates and 5 LL.M. graduates.

This year’s commencement was held in the International Conference Center on Peking University’s Shenzhen Graduate Campus. During the ceremony, graduates and their families heard from STL’s Founding Dean and current Executive Vice Chancellor of NYU’s Shanghai campus, Jeffrey Lehman, Attorney Wenchang Tian, the Founder and Honorary director of King & Capital Law Firm, STL Professor Sang Yop Kang, and graduating student Chenying Liu.

STL Dean Philip McConnaughay began the ceremony with a brief address to the graduates. “You all are unique insofar as you are graduating in the year of STL’s tenth anniversary. This gives some additional notoriety to this occasion, but it also emphasizes the special responsibility each of you has.” He proceeded to emphasize that it was the students’ individual responsibilities to themselves, to their clients, and to their law school to live up to the high expectations set on their future. “These are the attributes that will account for your professional reputation, and the example you set will be your greatest contribution to China, and to STL”.

Dean Lehman shared simple yet powerful career wisdom with the students. “I have three pieces of advice to offer: first, read at least one book, on paper, every month. My second piece of advice is that you connect with your fellow STL graduates. And my third piece of advice is that you pause every five years to ask yourself whether it is time to try something new. I have come to believe that a full life involves adventure, in which you search, explore, solve problems, overcome challenges, invent, and create. No one job can give you all of those things, but a series of jobs across a career certainly can.”

Professor Sang Yop Kang addressed the graduates on behalf of the faculty. He encouraged graduates to take the challenges they will inevitably confront in their future head on.  “Although you are quite capable and enthusiastic, in your career, you will encounter many serious obstacles that will repeatedly test your volition. A challenge will always make you anxious, but remember that it is the process of finding the value that you should search for”.

Chenying Liu, who provided the address on behalf of the graduates, talked about how STL supported and inspired her in the past 4 years. She also expressed her thoughts about the purpose of studying law.  “Here we are not only mentored to be lawyers and better lawyers, but also inspired to be enthusiastic advocates for our chosen cause, open-minded citizens of one or more nations and responsible cohabitants on this planet. Our end goal for the system determines what kind of lawyer we desire to be and what will become of our community “joint venture.” Therefore, please bear your destination in mind and constantly look up, then be proud of every inch you move toward it”.

Attorney Wenchang Tian made a keynote speech for the graduates. He mentioned the relationship between law and public opinion and said that, in order to truly understand the rule of law and become a qualified legal person, graduates need to connect theory and practice in their future cases. He hoped STL graduates would make more achievements in their career life and devote themselves to the development of Chinese law in the near future.

Later on, Dean Philip McConnaughay read out the degree awarding decision of Peking University School of Transnational Law of 2019.

Like their predecessors, 2019 graduates are employed by top multinational law firms, domestic and foreign companies and financial institutions, state-owned enterprises and government departments.

The graduation ceremony celebrated this momentous transitional phase in their life by commemorating their accomplishments thus far and anticipating the many more to come.

Best of luck to all graduates!


2019 Summer Honors Program is Accepting Applications


Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL), on PKU’s Shenzhen Graduate Campus, is the only law school in the world that combines an American-style Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) with a China law Juris Master degree (J.M.). STL provides an academically rigorous, bilingual program of legal education that prepares students for the mixture of Common Law, civil law, and Chinese legal traditions increasingly characteristic of the global economy.

We invite you to experience STL’s cutting-edge program by joining our 2019 Summer Honors Program (SHP). At SHP, you will be:

  • Challenged in dynamic classroom discussions with STL’s leading multinational faculty and an elite group of fellow students with whom you will develop lifelong memories;
  • Introduced to an entirely different way of thinking by STL’s unique method of instruction—the Socratic Method;
  • Inspired by the exciting and diverse career paths of STL graduates and motivated by the drive and achievements of STL students and faculty;
  • Empowered by the confidence you will develop as a result of expanding your cross-cultural awareness and understanding; and
  • Welcomed by STL’s warm and open community.


July 31 to August 7, 2019 (includes visit to Hong Kong)


Peking University’s Shenzhen Graduate Campus located in Shenzhen, one of China’s most innovative and attractive cities.


Enrollment is limited to 110 students who will be divided into sections of 55 each.


A detailed schedule will be forthcoming. Past SHP activities have included interactive J.D. and J.M. classes taught in English and Chinese by STL’s distinguished multinational faculty; moot court competitions; discussion sessions with current STL students and STL graduates; and visits to leading Shenzhen-based companies (e.g., Huawei; Tencent Industries) and important government and judicial offices (e.g., Hong Kong High Court; Legislative Council).

Application Requirements

  • Junior students from key universities in China (mostly universities among the 985 or 211 project); academic performance at a level recognized for distinction is expected;
  • Students from HK, Macau, Taiwan and abroad are welcome; non-Chinese citizen applicants must have a valid passport;
  • High English proficiency assessed through TOFEL, IELTS, GRE, CET 4/6, TEM 4/8, or similar English-language tests;
  • All undergraduate majors welcome.

Application Procedures

  1. Please apply through the STL SHP online application portal before June 17, 2019.
  2. After applying online, please also send the electronic application materials to the following email: The title of the email should be “SHP Application: Applicant name + College name + College major.”

Application Checklist

  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae;
  • Personal Statement;
  • Academic Records: Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions, and official degree certificates (original or notarized documents with English translations if documents are not in English).
  • A copy of evidence of English Proficiency, or holds satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS score;
  • Non-Chinese citizen applicants should submit a copy of evidence of Chinese Proficiency or a sample of written work in Chinese;
  • A copy of passport or identification card.

Tuition and Scholarships

Tuition is 3000 RMB, which includes accommodation, insurance and Hong Kong visit expenses.

SHP students who enroll in STL’s full-time J.D./J.M. program in AY2020-21 will be awarded an “SHP Scholarship” of 3000 RMB during their first year.

Application Deadline

Register for an online application at before June 17, 2019.

Send all application materials via email to before the deadline.

SHP Certificates

At the conclusion of SHP, students will be presented with a personalized “Certificate of Completion” from STL recognizing their successful participation in SHP. SHP students wishing to apply to STL’s J.D./J.M. program for admission in 2020 will be asked to submit a personal essay following the conclusion of SHP. The essay will be afforded substantial weight in STL’s admissions process.

For further information, please visit STL’s web site:, or contact the Summer Honors Program Office at

Professor Francis Snyder Recognized with 2018 China Friendship Award

Francis Snyder, C.V.Starr Professor of Law at Peking University School of Transnational Law, was awarded 2018 the People’s Republic of China Friendship Award, the highest honor for “foreign experts who have made outstanding contributions to the country’s economic and social progress.”  The award was announced by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) and presented by Vice Prime Minister Liu He at the Great Hall of the People on September 29.  Premier Li Keqiang met with the Recipients on September 30.



Speaking after the awarding ceremony, Professor Snyder said, “I am deeply honored and really delighted to receive this Award.  It has been my great pleasure to contribute to China for more than 20 years.  I express my profound thanks to SAFEA, Peking University, Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School, and STL for their constant support.”

STL Dean Philip McConnaughay noted on behalf of the entire STL community that, “Francis Snyder’s scholarly contributions to China-EU trade relations and to the development of food safety law and protocols in China have had enormous beneficial impact over the years.  We are very fortunate and very proud to have Professor Snyder as an esteemed member of our academic community.”

FrancisProfessor Snyder is a scholar of European Union Law, WTO and international economic law, EU-China relations, technical standards, anti-dumping and food safety law.  He has served as the Co-Director of the Academy of European Law, Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics and Guest Professor at Peking University Law School and Tsinghua Law School.

Professor Snyder has been actively engaging in China-EU relations and China food safety reform.  Among recent professional appointments, He was invited to serve as the leading foreign expert to China’s Central Government for reform of the food safety system in China and contributed to reform the 2009 Food Safety Law.  His additional awards and achievements include the honor of Officier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by French Republic and being listed in Marquis Who’s who in the World and in International Authors and Writers Who’s who.

It is not the first time that STL community to be granted with the esteemed Award.  STL’s Founding Dean Jeffrey Lehman received the honor in 2011.

STL’s 10th Anniversary


China’s State Council authorized the creation of China’s first common law Juris Doctor curriculum in 2007. The following year, Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL) was founded and admitted its first students. By ten years’ development, STL becomes the only law school in the world that combines an American-style Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) with a China law Juris Master degree (J.M.). STL provides an academically rigorous, bilingual four-year program of legal education that prepares students for the mixture of common law, civil law, and Chinese legal traditions increasingly characteristic of the global economy. Although STL is still young, with only seven graduating classes to date, it already has captured the attention of the world’s leading law firms, companies, government offices, NGOs and universities. More about STL histroy>>

This year marks STL’s 10th anniversary. We are celebrating the law school’s anniversary throughout the year with a series of lectures and events, which we will list here as they are scheduled.

May 20, Lecture, CHI Manjiao/Mark Feldman: ISDS Reform and China’s Possible Policy Options

May 20, Lecture, CHI Manjiao: China’s Foreign Investment Law: The Making, Merits and Murkiness

April 26, Lecture, WU Xiaofeng: Legal Issues and Public Policy on Physician – Patient Relationship

April 23, Lecture, Bjørnar Borvik: The European Approach to Legal Regulation of Hate Speech

April 15, Lecture, FU Yulin: Referee Thinking and Burden of Proof

April 13- 14, Alumni Weekend & PILF Auction

March 29, Lecture, LIANG Genlin: Principle of legality, Hierarchy and Individual Justice

March 23-27, the 9th Asian-Pacific M&A Moot Competition

March 16, Lecture, ZHANG Gu: Transfer and Migration

March 16, Lecture, ZHANG Gu: Legal Issues of Land in China

March 14, Lecture, Andrew Harding: Constitutionalism and Development: A Mismatch or A Dream-Team?

March 8, Lecture, CHEN Duanhong: Basic Law of Hong Kong and Macao

January 6, Lecture, LIU Yan: The Name and Nature of Big Asset Management

December 29, Lecture, ZHANG Gu: Finding and Applying Legal Norms: CHEN Ying V. LUO Ronggeng Case as a Case Study

December 17, Book Launch, Current Developments in Climate Change Law

December 17, Lecture, Peter Quayle: The Legal Challenges of Starting-Up a New Multilateral Development Bank: The Example of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

December 12, Lecture, Arthur B. Laby: Fiduciary Principles in Investment Advice

December 11, Lecture, JIN Haijun: US-China IP Dispute

December 2, Forum, Legal and Funding Issues for Successful Startups

December 2, Roundtable, Political Constitutionalism in Comparative Perspectives

December 1, Lecture, GAO Quanxi: Methodologies in Chinese Constitutional History Studies

November 30, Lecture, ZHU Weiguo: Digital Economy, Granular Society and Innovation of Governance Framework

November 28, Lecture, Frank Wu: Wong Kim Ark: The First Chinese American, and What His Case Means Today

November 23-24,  Conference, China, The United States and Comparative Law Today

November 22, Lecture, LIANG Zhiping: Legal Dilemma for Wildlife Protection

STL Celebrating its 10th Anniversary

On April 13, STL community celebrated its 10th anniversary with an alumni weekend. To mark this milestone, STL has launched a months-long series of lectures and forums that culminated in this alumni conference. During the event, STL graduates, students and faculty heard from STL’s founding members along with many esteemed members of China’s legal community.

In his welcoming remarks, incumbent Dean McConnaughay recalled a conversation he had with STL’s founding Dean, Jeffrey Lehman where Dean Lehman had insisted that no law school in the world was going to have greater impact than STL, not just on the development of the legal profession in China, but on the legal profession and, even more, on legal education worldwide. Dean McConnaughay reflected on how, at the time, those words were an inspiring vision. But today, as STL’s impact continues to grow, they are an inspiring reality.

现任院长Philip McConnaughay致辞

The incumbent Dean of Peking University HSBC Business School, Hai Wen, was the the first to conceive of the idea that has become STL today. He recalled how the initial idea of creating STL as an experiment in legal education back in 2008 has confronted many doubts. Now law faculties in China, Europe, the United States, Russia and elsewhere continually seek more information about STL and its innovative program. Moreover, STL graduates now hold leading positions with world-leading law firms, multinational corporations, elite government office and NGOs.


Founding Dean and current Executive Vice Chancellor of NYU’s Shanghai campus, Jeffery Lehman focused on the significance of the rule of law in a country and in human beings affirming that the success that STL has achieved was a result of a combination of innovation, boldness and dedication. He believed that STL would continue to carry out its missions and make greater progress in the next decade.

创院院长Jeffrey Lehman致辞

Vice Dean Emeritus Stephen Yandle added that STL is not only a dream, but also a dream that has come true while STL Professor Mark Feldman talked about the “STL generation”. STL reflects larger trends in legal education, which have developed alongside greater global connectivity. Just as people no longer use landlines or compact discs, a legal education that fails to look beyond one’s own borders is no longer accepted. Additionally, professor Mao described STL as “unique”: unique legal education program, unique curriculums and unique teaching methods. STL has attached great importance to education and the development of its students and as such is becoming a utopia for legal education, attracting worldwide faculties and students.

Also among the speakers was Deputy Presiding Judge of The First Circuit Court of the Supreme People’s Court, Zhang Yongjian. Judge Zhang expressed his great wishes to STL. He has witnessed some STL students doing internships with The First Circuit Court of the Supreme People’s Court and was impressed by their working performance. He believed there should be further cooperation with STL. Subsequently, STL signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The First Circuit Court of The Supreme People’s Court and agreed on several major areas for cooperation, including internship, academic exchanges and research.


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There is no question that the impact that was envisioned a decade ago has been slowly but surely unfolding. More critically, there is no telling where the ripple effects of the creation of STL will end. As STL celebrates its 10th anniversary, all indicators seem to confirm that the creation of STL will surely go down in history as a legendary transformative moment in legal education.


Partner at Global Law Firm Jia Gui was invited to give a presentation in STL

On June 20th, Peking University School of Transnational law (STL) invited Jia Gui, a partner at a Global Law Firm, to give a lecture discussing STL graduates employment prospects.

In his talk, Jia Gui pointed out the key word characterizing the area of law he specializes in is change. His lecture touched upon various topics including the development and changes of domestic and foreign law firms in recent years, career prospects of law school graduates, what law school students should do in the course of their study, the career planning involved in entering a new law industry, and the value of the dual certification in the Chinese bar and another globally recognized foreign jurisdiction, be it the United States or the United Kingdom.

Later during the lecture, Jia Gui answered student questions to further their understanding of what it means to be a lawyer.

Jia Gui is a leading lawyer in the field of intellectual property litigation and is bar certified in both China and the State of California. He is also the first arbitration practicing lawyer in China to be appointed by the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Open Court Hearing of The First Circuit Court of The Supreme People’s Court comes to STL  

On June 12th 2019, the First Circuit of the Supreme People’s Court held an administrative retrial case at STL. This event is the first of a series of activities titled “Open Court Hearing on Campus”, which was the result of a memorandum of cooperation that the two entities signed on April 13, 2019. Through the memorandum, the two sides decided to strengthen cooperation between them in an attempt to further enrich the students educational experience as well as infuse the Court with some fresh blood from one of China’s most elite legal schools.


The memorandum seeks to innovate the training mechanism for STL students in more than one way. For example, it allows STL graduate students to clerk with Circuit Courts. Moreover, it allows STL to routinely invite Judges to offer courses on trial practice. Not to mention that it also allows for carrying out legal education and judicial practice exchanges.

As for the benefits to the First Circuit of the Supreme People’s Court, the Court regards the “Open Court Hearing on Campus” as an opportunity to publicize judicial reform efforts while simultaneously promoting college education of law and the judicial practice. The combination of innovative talent cultivation mechanism under the rule of law achieves the win-win cooperation between the Supreme People’s Court and law school.


The event was received with a lot of enthusiasm. More than 70 teachers and students from STL attended the court hearing. The trial was also broadcasted live online through platforms such as Tingshen.Court.Gov.Cn and Sina Judicial Channel.

Under the tide of globalization, it is hard to exaggerate the import of such innovative educational opportunities that are bound to create an unprecedented caliber of legal professionals.  STL is proud to be one of the schools involved with such an exciting project.

Professor Friedmann Gives the Jean Monnet Seminar on New EU Copyright Directive at the University of Macau

On May 24, 2019, STL Visiting Assistant Professor Danny Friedmann delivered the Jean Monnet Seminar at the University of Macau entitled ‘The Walled Gardens of Social Media in the Age of The Digital Single Market

The topic was about the new EU Directive (2019/790) on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market, which will have a huge impact on online content-sharing services, such as Facebook and YouTube, but also on copyright holders and users. Not only those stakeholders in the EU will be affected but those in other jurisdictions as well.

Professor Friedmann’s seminar focused in particular on the controversial Articles 13 (now Article 17) and 15. Article 17 abolishes the safe harbors and implements strict liability for the giant online content-sharing services. Article 15, compels online content-sharing services to pay for using excerpts from news articles with the goal of stimulating journalism.

Professor Friedmann also discussed the objective of the Directive to stimulate text and data mining (Big Data) by providing a mandatory exception for not-for-profit or public interest based organizations, such as universities, other research and cultural heritage institutions.

The new Copyright Directive, together with the earlier promulgated General Data Protection Regulation (2016/679), make it clear that the EU is trying to re-balance the information/data asymmetry between companies and users. Professor Friedmann also covered the EU’s sui generis protection of non-original databases, which makes it possible to exclude non-original databases from outside the EU from national treatment protection.

Professor Friedmann is an award-winning researcher and lecturer of Intellectual Property Law, especially trademark law, geographical indications and patent law.


(Professor Paulo Canelas de Castro of the University of Macau & Professor Danny Friedmann)

Professor Sang Yop Kang Appointed Research Membership at the ECGI

STL Professor Sang Yop Kang was appointed as a new Research Member of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI). Although its name contains “European,” the ECGI is the most prestigious “global” academic association in the area of the corporate governance. It provides a forum for debate and dialogue among academics, legislators and practitioners, focusing on exploring corporate governance issues.

The ECGI maintains closed membership. Research Members are world-leading scholars from various disciplines such as economics, finance, and law. Research Members also include Nobel Prize laureates. In mainland China, there are only two Research Members including Professor Kang (the other is an economist).

Sang Yop Kang is Professor of Law (full professorship with tenure) at Peking University School of Transnational Law. He teaches and researches in the areas of corporate governance, corporate law, law and economics (of corporate law and securities regulations), capital markets, financial market regulations, and East Asian economies and corporate law systems.

Professor Manjiao Chi visited STL and held two presentations on May 20th

On Monday May 20, 2019, Professor Manjiao Chi from the School of Law at the University of International Business and Economics (“UIBE”) held a presentation at STL on China’s Foreign Investment Law. Later in the day, Professor Chi also had a joint presentation with STL’s Professor Mark Feldman, talking about Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform and China’s Possible Policy Options. Both presentations were hosted by STL’s distinguished Professor Francis Snyder.

Manjiao Chi is a Professor and the Founding Director of the Center for International Economic Law and Policy (CIELP) at UIBE’s Law School in Beijing. He also holds visiting professorships and fellowships at a number of international organizations, leading law schools and institutions across the world. He frequently serves as arbitrator, expert and advisor in foreign related disputes.

Professor Manjiao Chi began by discussing China’s Foreign Investment Law (“FIL”) – the first national law of its kind since the economic reform in the late 1970s. FIL has been adopted by China’s National People’s Congress in March 2019. Professor Chi presented on the latest and boldest step China had made in its foreign investment governance regime. The presentation reviewed the making of FIL from a historical perspective, analyzed the major progress it had made and explored some potential defects that call for further law-making and implementation efforts.

Later in the afternoon, Professor Manjiao Chi and Professor Mark Feldman presented on the issue of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) reform and China’s possible policy options. This joint presentation provided an up-to-date discussion of the various aspects of the ongoing ISDS reform, as well as China’s possible position and consideration in this highly contentious issue.

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