STL and UC Berkeley Law Co-Host International Forum on Legal and Funding Issues for Successful Startups

8M7A0430As part of the 10th anniversary celebrations for Peking University’s School of Transnational Law (STL), a Sino-American Expert Forum on “Legal and Funding Issues for Successful Startups” was held in Shenzhen on Sunday December 2nd. The full-day program was organized by STL in partnership with University of California Berkeley Law School’s Berkeley Center for Law and Technology (BCLT). Speakers and panelists included world-leading academics, lawyers, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.

The forum was officially held in the auditorium of Peking University HSBC Business School. Philip McConnaughay, Dean and Professor of STL, briefly reviewed the history of STL’s establishment and the progress which STL made during the past ten years. Wu Yundong, Chancellor of Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School and Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences, emphasized the importance of startups and extended his sincere welcome to foreign experts. Erwin Chemerinsky, Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Berkeley Law, spoke highly of the forum and the rich discussions that took place between Chinese and American experts and scholars.

The first session was on “Entity Formation and Early Financing” and was moderated by Adam Sterling, Executive Director of Berkeley Center for Law and Business. The session began with David Thomas, Vice President of Industry Research and Analysis of Biotechnology Innovation Organization delivering his lecture on the special issues in biotechnology. Subsequently, Lin Lin, Assistant Professor of Law and Finance of National University Singapore lectured on private equity and crowd-sourced funding in China and Asia. Lastly, Liu Fang, Partner of Broad & Bright, as an expert in Corporate law in China and the United States, provided the Chinese perspective on the matter.

Before proceeding to the second session, Lu Shan, the Deputy Director of the Shenzhen United Propert and Share Rights Exchange, gave a very interesting talk on venture capital. The second session was on “Regulatory and Trade Issues”. Mark Cohen, Senior Fellow and Director of Berkeley Center for Law and Technology, lectured from the perspective of patent protection and mentioned the recent trade dispute between China and the US.

Under the theme of “Advanced Financing”, the third session was moderated by STL Professor Sang Yop Kang. Adam Sterling, the executive director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Business, launched the discussion by providing a general overview of the issue. He was followed by Professor Kang who presented unique insights on corporate governance and control issues. Finally, Ling Tong, a lawyer with FangDa, closed the session by providing the Chinese perspective on the matter.

The fourth session was moderated by Robert Merges, the Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosata Professor of Law and Director of Berkeley Center for Law and Technology of Berkeley Law. Speakers in this session reflected on the varies means through which startups’ new ideas are protected. Li K, General Manager of Chinese Academy of Sciences Intellectual Property Investment Company, delved into the issue of IP investment. While Jeff Cao, Senior Researcher of Tencent Research Institute, and LI Binxin, Partner of Baker McKenzie/Fenxun complicated the discussion by providing varying Chinese perspectives. They affirmed the importance of innovation for startups and proposed constructive suggestions in fostering and protecting those ideas.

Subsequently, a very inspiring keynote speech on startups was delivered by Dong Shaoling, who is the CEO of RabbitPre and was named Forbes “Top 30 Under 30” in 2017.

Finally, the event ended after the fifth session on “Employee Issues” with inspiring talks by Robert Merges, the Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosata Professor of Law and Director of Berkeley Center for Law and Technology of Berkeley Law and Zhu Shaobin, Partner of Morgan Lewis, as they shared their experiences in human resource management.

With more than 1000 people from all over the world registering to attend, the Forum was designed to foster a rich and creative discussion on the rapidly evolving field of startups in Shenzhen and Greater Bay Area.


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STL’s 10th Anniversary

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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STL Building Earns Accolades for Educational Design

Peking University School of Transnational Law’s “STL Building” was honored at the 2018 Better Educational Environment Dynamic (BEED) Asia Spring Summit in Shanghai, April 12-14.  The STL Building, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), one of the world’s premier architectural firms, was one of ten projects honored with a BEED Educational Facility Design Award.  BEED Asia is devoted to supporting innovation in educational design with a platform that connects educational institutions with cutting-edge architects and designers, project vendors, and advanced technology providers.

Completed in January 2017, the 8,900 square-meter STL Building serves as the gateway for the Peking University Shenzhen Graduate Campus.  The centerpiece of the building is a grand tiered atrium with spectacular outward views of the beautifully restored Dashahe River Parkway.  Other signature features include a 100-person classroom that can be converted into a high-tech moot courtroom; an on-site law library equipped with the latest in digital research platforms; legal clinic and student organizations suites; outdoor terraces and reading gardens, including a stunning rooftop terrace; and abundant student study space with comfortable seating.

Professor Snyder Awarded Peking University Friendship Award

DSC04974STL Professor Francis Snyder was one of the six foreign experts to receive Peking University’s Friendship Award at the University’s 2019 International Students and Foreign Experts New Year’s Party. This award recognized his enthusiastic support and contribution for the development of Peking University.

Professor Snyder is a scholar of European Union Law, WTO and international economic law, EU-China relations, technical standards, anti-dumping and food safety law. Since he joined STL at 2010, he has devoted himself to teaching and academic research. He is also a recipient of the 2018 China Friendship Award.

Professor Minas Co-authored New Articles on Climate Law and Policy

IMG_2231As the world’s governments meet in Poland to finalise the rules for implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change, new articles co-authored by STL Assistant Professor Stephen Minas in leading journals of climate law and policy analyze key aspects of Paris Agreement governance.

The article “Probing the hidden depths of climate law: Analysing national climate change legislation” is published in the Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law (RECIEL), co-authored by Professor Eloise Scotford (University College London) and Professor Minas. In this article, the authors examine the complexities of domestic climate legislation to implement the Paris Agreement, and propose a methodology for the development of climate legislation, to support both national planning and international cooperation.

The article “Resilience through interlinkage: the green climate fund and climate finance governance” is published in the Climate Policy journal, co-authored by Dr Megan Bowman (King’s College London) and Professor Minas. In this article, the authors analyze the governance of the Green Climate Fund established in 2010, and highlight opportunities for strengthening the Fund through greater engagement with the private sector and the UN’s climate Technology Mechanism.

Both articles are currently free-to-access without subscription, during the COP24 meeting.

STL Internationally Recognized for J.D./J.M. Legal Education Program

IMG_5174-1On December 10, 2018, STL was awarded the Certificate of Achievement in Global Legal Skills Education at one of the leading international gatherings for global skills education, the Global Legal Skills Conference. The award recognizes STL’s unique accomplishments in “creating 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.”

STL epitomizes the incredibly bold initiative, launched by the State Council and Peking University, to create a new experimental model of legal education for China and for the world. Since 2008, STL has endeavored to provide one of the world’s most challenging dual degrees: an American-style Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) and a Chinese law Juris Master degree (J.M.) for top university graduates. With a highly accomplished faculty from all over the world, STL continues to contribute to a Chinese legal profession equipped to serve an advanced economy based on technological innovation, financial services, and that is able to compete head-to-head worldwide with dominant US and British law firms.

Held at the Melbourne Law School in Australia, the Global Legal Skills Conference is one of the most important international conferences in legal skills education. Co-sponsored by Melbourne Law School and The John Marshall Law School, this year’s conference is the leading gathering connecting law professors, clinical faculty, linguists, judges, attorneys and scholars to share the best practices of international legal skills education.

Professor Huang Hui Invited as Judge on Legal Civil Aviation Competition

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On December 4, the 2018 Legal Knowledge Competition on Civil Aviation was held at Beijing. Organized by the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the China Air Transport Association and the China Civil Airport Association, the event was highly specialized and distinctive. STL Professor Huang Hui was invited to serve as one of the expert judges for the competition. Other judges on the three-judge panel included Professor Fei Anling from China University of Political Science and Law and Professor Yang Hui from Civil Aviation University of China.

Professor Huang focuses on legal scholarship that aims to realize the practical function of law, with an emphasis on the interpretation and application of legal norms. Her main research and teaching interests include constitutional law, state liability law, juristic methodology and guiding case system of China.

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