STL Welcomes New Students from China and Abroad

Peking University School of Transnational Law (“STL”) began the 2019-2020 academic year by welcoming new students from throughout China and around the world. The new class includes 151 students in the Common Law J.D. and China Law J.M. dual degree program, along with 11 LL.M and several exchange students from different countries, including Canada, Norway, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Argentina. Overall, STL hit a new record for student enrollment.

In order to help students to get used to the teaching mode and regulations of STL, STL held a series of activities on August 9 -11, including a welcome ceremony, theme lecture, current student experience exchange, professor symposium, case study seminar, library resources introduction and campus tour, among other things.

The life in STL is full of joy, but the work pressure can also make it full of stress. Often, that transition into law school life is the hardest for first year students and STL works hard to smoothen this change. Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School will host its campus-wide orientation for all new students on 29th – 30th this month. It is a good chance to get to know more friends and start a new journey.

STL Hosts Summer Honors Program for Top University Students

From July 31 through August 7, 2019, Peking University School of Transnational Law (“STL”) hosted Summer Honors Camp for over 100 students from China’s most respected universities. This included Peking University, Fudan University, Wuhan University, Sun Yat-Sen University among others.

The Camp started with a welcome speech from Dean Philip McConnaughay. In keeping with our traditions, STL have prepared an introductory course on J.D.&J.M. In class, students experienced the charm of the Socratic teaching method and the bilingual teaching environment.

At the same time, under the leadership of the C.V. Starr instructors, students began to learn about case analysis methods , before practicing it in a mock court.

During the Summer Honors Camp, the students visited the Tencent headquarters, experiencing Shenzhen’s cutting-edge development of science and technology. They also visited the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration and Shenzhen Nanshan Intellectual Property Protection Center.

In addition, STL also invited alumni and students from different undergraduate backgrounds to hold sessions for the SHP students. During those sessions, alumni and students shared their unique views on study, life, work and family and actively answered a series of questions raised by SHP students.

On August 7, the closing ceremony of the Summer Honors Camp was held at STL. Dean Philip McConnaughay acknowledged the students’ performance at the Camp and later, alongside honorary Deputy Dean Stephen Yandle, presented them with certificates and souvenirs.

STL’s SHP program was established in 2009. Many of STL’s students and alumni had participated in SHP before enrolling in STL. For more information about SHP 2020, please contact shp@stl.pku.edu.cn.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Professor Susan Finder Speaks at Chinese Law Roundtable, UK-China Arbitration Summit, & ICC

On June 7, STL Distinguished Scholar in Residence Susan Finder attended a roundtable held under the auspices of Oxford Law Faculty’s Chinese Law Discussion Group and the European China Law Studies Association as the keynote speaker.

The organisers of the roundtable, Dr Mimi Zou (Oxford and STL Visiting Professor) and Prof. Vivienne Bath (Sydney), believe that the exchange of different perspectives and knowledge from diverse disciplines is critical for any debate on China’s legal system.

The roundtable, brought together 30 scholars and practitioners from diverse disciplines and from all over England. The participants reflected on major developments in their various areas of research and explored the questions on the role of law in President Xi Jinping’s China and what China’s legal system will look like in the next 10 years or so. There is general consensus that the question of how China’s legal system will change in the next 40 years will capture the attention of many within and beyond the scholarly community worldwide. As such, the overarching objective of the roundtable was to scope out new and forward-looking research agendas in Chinese law and related areas.

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In a separate event on June 10, Professor Susan Finder gave a speech at the UK Bar Council’s UK-China Arbitration Summit. The topic of her presentation was China and the Singapore Mediation Convention.  She spoke on the drafting of the Convention as an example of China’s participation in the drafting of important international conventions. The workshop in Beijing gave representatives of interested departments a chance to understand the Singapore Mediation Convention, and the challenges that China faces if and when it ratifies the convention.

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Professor Susan Finder also spoke at the 5th International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Asia Conference on International Arbitration on June 25.  Her speech was focused on arbitration developments in the region.

All three events signal STL faculty’s highly proactive role in helping shape the international arena’s perspective on contemporary Chinese law.

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!

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Professor Stephen Minas Discusses Chinese Energy Investment at Energy Community Sustainability Forum

The Energy Community held its 2019 Sustainability Forum in Vienna, Austria on 27 June. The event brought together national policymakers, international organisations, academic researchers, business representatives and civil society. The Energy Community is an international organisation composed of the European Union and non-EU Member States in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, with the objective of harmonising energy law. In recent years, the work of the Energy Community has increasingly focused on climate change and the need to transition to low-carbon energy.

The Forum, with the theme of ‘Embracing a Decarbonized Future’, was an opportunity to assess the development of clean energy in the Energy Community region and to discuss key challenges in achieving the transition to sustainable energy. From STL, Assistant Professor Stephen Minas participated in the day’s discussions.

Participating in a panel session on the topic of ‘Investing in a Decarbonized Future in the Energy Community: Dream or Reality?’, Professor Minas discussed Chinese outbound energy investment trends, including within the Belt and Road, and also highlighted the opportunities for the European Union’s 2030 Energy and Climate Framework to stimulate clean energy investment.

Professor Stephen Minas’s research concerns novel transnational processes of law, policy and dispute resolution that address the emerging sustainable economy, focused on the nexus of climate change, finance, energy and technology.

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Professor Sang Yop Kang visited Stanford Law School for academic research

Recently, Professor Sang Yop Kang (姜尚烨) was invited by Stanford Law School to conduct joint research projects. Professor Kang and corporate law faculty at Stanford Law School (primarily with Professor Curtis Milhaupt) work collaboratively on topics such as “Hostile Takeovers in China” and “Shareholder Activism in East Asia.”

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.

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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.

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