Professor Mark Feldman has been appointed to the E15 Task Force on Investment Policy, sponsored jointly by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD). The Task Force, led by Dr. Karl P. Sauvant, founding executive director and current senior resident fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Sustainable Investment, is made up of distinguished investment and trade law and policy experts from academia, international organizations, and business. The first meeting of the Task Force was held March 23-24 in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Task Force is part of the broader E15 Initiative, which aims, through non-partisan expert-led multi-stakeholder dialogue, to generate strategic analysis and recommendations for government, business and civil society geared towards strengthening the global trade system.
Professor Feldman’s appointment to the E15 Task Force on Investment Policy reflects his status as of one the leading scholars of international investment and treaty arbitration. Before joining STL, Professor Feldman served as Chief of NAFTA/CAFTA-DR Arbitration in the Office of the Legal Advisor at the United States Department of State, where he represented the United States in more than a dozen investor-State disputes. He currently co-directs the Pearl River Delta Academy of International Trade and Investment Law and serves as a member of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration’s Academic Council and as a Global Associate of the National University of Singapore’s Centre for International Law. Professor Feldman teaches Contracts, International Business Transactions, and Treaty Arbitration in STL’s innovative J.D. curriculum.
Professor Thomas Yunlong Man’s new book, English Colonization and the Formation of Anglo-American Polities, 1606-1664, is the first comprehensive examination of the formation of the uniquely “American” form of triadic government in the process of English colonization of North America during the first half of the seventeenth century. The book, published in October 2015 by China Social Sciences Resources Press, draws heavily on theories that Professor Man developed while earning his Ph.D. in American Constitutional History from The Johns Hopkins University. Before his career as a law professor and practicing lawyer, Professor Man taught in the History Department of Peking University and was a visiting fellow at the Harvard-Yenching Institute.
The eminent historian, Jack P. Greene, the Andrew Mellon Professor in the Humanities of The Johns Hopkins University, says of Professor Man’s book, “no modern work has thrown more light on [the origins of British colonial governance] than this original and penetrating study by Dr. (Thomas) Yunlong Man.” Professor Greene adds that, “Man’s study is fundamental to the understanding of the origins of English colonial governance,” and “should be required reading for those who want to understand the full dimensions of early modern European expansion.”
Professor Man joined STL in 2014 after 17 years of law practice in cross-border mergers and acquisitions and corporate transactions with a number of leading multinational law firms in Chicago, Shanghai and Beijing, including as a partner with Baker & McKenzie, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, Hogan Lovells and Morrison & Foerster. During his law practice, Professor Man participated and led numerous cross-border transactions, including several projects that were named “Deal of the Year” in the China market by leading law publications (e.g., Texas Instruments investment in Chengdu, 2010, by China Business Law Journal, and Walwart investment in Yihaodian, 2012, by China Law & Practice). He was listed as a “Leading Lawyer” in the Mergers & Acquisition and Project Finance categories by International Financial Law Review in 2011.
Professor Man’s teaching and research areas include evidence law, constitutional law and comparative judicial process, dual language contract drafting and interpretation, and anti-bribery and ethics in international business transactions. He is a recipient of a grant from the “2011 Plan” of the PRC national government for his research in forensic examination and comparative judicial systems and he was appointed in 2015 to the governing board of the International Association of Evidence Science.
The Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL) community appeared captivated on Saturday afternoon, March 14, when a standing-room only crowd of over two hundred students and faculty packed the Moot Court room to hear Professor Harold Koh’s talk, U.S. Engagement Through the Respect for the Rule of Law and Use of “Smart Power.” Professor Koh, one of the world’s leading scholars of public international law, is the Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School. He previously served as Legal Advisor to the United States Department of State, as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, and as Dean of the Yale Law School.
Professor Koh engaged the audience with insider stories about the Obama administration’s commitment to international engagement based on respect for the rule of law, as well as then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s commitment to the use of “smart power” – a term encompassing defense, diplomacy, development, human rights, and other elements that fall outside of military “hard power.” Professor Koh also talked about the importance of equipping China’s next generation of lawyers with an understanding of transnational law practice. He said that STL graduates are uniquely prepared for the challenges of the global legal services marketplace because of STL’s innovative dual degree J.D./J.M. program of study.
Of note, Professor Koh has two important connections with STL. One is Associate Professor Mark Feldman, who served as Chief of the NAFTA Arbitration Section of the State Department’s Office of Legal Advisor while Professor Koh was Legal Advisor. The other is Vice Dean Stephen Yandle, with whom Professor Koh worked for many years while Dean Yandle was Associate Dean of the Yale Law School.
STL’s C.V. Starr Professor of Law Francis Snyder was interviewed by Teledifusao de Macau S.A. to talk about food safety in mainland China on March 12, 2015. Professor Snyder is one of the world’s leading scholars of European Union law and international economic law, particularly in the context of food safety policy. (Click the start button in the picture above to watch Professor Snyder’s interview.)
Professor Dr. Stephan Jaggi’s new book, The 1989 Revolution in East Germany and its Impact on Unified Germany’s Constitutional Law – The Forgotten Revolution? (Hart and Nomos 2016), is receiving critical acclaim as a “path-breaking” and “seminal analysis” of East Germany’s 1989 Revolution.
World-renowned constitutional law and public policy scholar Bruce Ackerman, the Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University, says of Professor Jaggi’s book that, “This path-breaking book provides a new framework for the deeper understanding of German constitutional development – challenging conventional wisdom with striking new insights into the dynamics of reunification after 1989.”
Donald P. Kommers, the Joseph and Elizabeth Robbie Professor of Political Science and Concurrent Professor Emeritus of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School, says:
“This book is a seminal analysis of East Germany’s peaceful revolution of 1989. It explodes the prevailing assumption that German unity was little more than an all-out takeover of the East German state under the auspices of West Germany’s Basic Law. It underscores the success – not the failure – of the East German citizens’ movement as a major constitutional event. Jaggi’s narrative documents in masterly detail the all-but-forgotten victories the movement had achieved in areas such as housing, land reform, environmental protection, social welfare, gender equality, and social property rights, several of which were constitutionally redefined in unified Germany as obligatory state goals. … This book is a ‘must-read’ for any student fascinated by constitutional decision-making in the aftermath of a popular revolutionary moment.”
Peter E. Quint, the Jacob A. France Professor Emeritus of Constitutional Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, says, “In his new book, Professor Jaggi presents a provocative and original view of the continuing importance of the ideas of the 1989 citizens’ movement in East Germany and the influence of those ideas on the constitutional law of united Germany. The views advanced in this carefully researched and impressive work will be of importance for anyone interested in German unification and its political and constitutional consequences.”
In his book, Professor Jaggi takes the position that it is wrong to reduce the meaning of the 1989 Revolution in East Germany to bringing about German unification and an unconditional adoption of West German constitutional law by the East German states. He argues that the Revolution had its own constitutional agenda, parts of which were transferred to unified Germany and integrated, mostly by the Federal Constitutional Court, into the West German constitutional order. Professor Jaggi’s analysis demonstrates that unified Germany’s constitutional law is, at least partly, a co-production of East German revolutionaries and the old Federal Republic, thereby offering a groundbreaking new perspective to this field of legal and historical scholarship.
Stephan Jaggi is a constitutional law expert focusing on German, U.S., and comparative constitutional law and constitutional theory. Before joining STL in 2013, he had a distinguished career as a judge in Germany, most recently as Judge at the Court of Appeals of the State of Schleswig-Holstein/Germany. He holds a German doctoral degree (Dr. iur.) from the University of Freiburg, an LL.M. degree from Yale Law School, and an American doctoral degree (J.S.D.) from Yale Law School. Professor Jaggi’s first book, Strategic Alliances in the European Telecommunications Sector, has been published by Nomos in 2003. Professor Jaggi teaches Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, and Justice at STL.
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.
To view the full list of Schwarzman Scholars, please click here.
C.V. Starr Professor of Law Francis Snyder has authored the first major scholarly study of the development of food safety law in China. In his groundbreaking new book, Food Safety Law in China: Making Transnational Law, Professor Snyder traces the development of China food safety law and policy from the 2008 melamine infant formula crisis to today. He demonstrates that advances in China’s food safety standards during this period were influenced heavily by cross-border factors, as well as by institutions deeply embedded in Chinese society. Substantial challenges remain for China’s approach to food safety law and policy, but Food Safety Law in China: Making Transnational Law offers numerous proposals for possible solutions. Ultimately, Professor Snyder predicts that China will embark on a regulatory path that both incorporates lessons learned from other countries and provides new strategies from which the rest of the world will learn.
“This book is the culmination of wide-ranging research and practical experience about food safety, which today is a world-wide issue of public health. I hope that it will make a significant contribution to our understanding of how transnational food safety law develops and how the safety and quality of food in China and in other countries can be improved,” remarked Professor Snyder.
Francis Snyder is a world-renowned scholar of WTO and international economic law, EU Law, EU-China relations, and transnational law. He is a leading scholarly voice on China’s food safety law and policy. He has been invited to serve as the leading foreign expert to China’s Central Government for reform of the food safety system in China. He is a member of the Foreign Experts Advisory Committee (FEAC), State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA), of the People’s Republic of China. In 2013, Professor Snyder was presented with a commemorative crystal ball by China’s Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zhang Jianguo, in appreciation of his pioneering research and scholarship regarding food safety policy in China. He is on the list of arbitrators of the South China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (SCIETAC) / Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA) for WTO Law, EU law, and food safety.
STL’s new LL.M. (Master of Laws) program begins in August, 2015 and is accepting applications until April 15, 2015. This program is unique in China and unique in the world. It combines courses in transnational law, Western and Chinese law and legal traditions, complex transnational business transactions, and dispute resolution. Studying in Shenzhen, with its close proximity to Hong Kong, offers students the opportunity to study in the world’s fastest growing transnational economy and in the only metropolitan area that brings together the world’s great legal systems.
STL recently welcomed students from Kyoto University to participate in a Joint Student Seminar in International Law on May 20 and 21. Over the course of the two-day seminar, six STL students and six Kyoto University students presented papers and addressed a range of emerging international law issues, spanning human rights, investment, trade, arbitration, criminal justice and anti-corruption law. In-depth discussions followed each student presentation, which encouraged critical thinking and idea sharing among the participants. Professor Mark Feldman spearheaded the STL group; Professor Shotaro Hamamoto led the Kyoto University group. STL and Kyoto University are looking forward to more academic exchanges in the future.
In the afternoon of 28 January 2015, Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL) students were invited to visit the Headquarter of Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Huawei) in Shenzhen and had a nice talk with the managers from Huawei’s Legal Department.
To begin with, Huawei arranged a wonderful presentation in its high-tech F1 Exhibition Hall and showed its outstanding achievements in communication and consumer products. After that, students and managers from Huawei’s Legal Department had a pleasant meeting. During the meeting, Huawei’s managers gave a brief introduction of Huawei and its legal division. Now Huawei is a multinational corporation and desires all kinds of talents to keep the growth continue. As for Legal Department, Huawei has a sophisticated system for personal development and promotion to ensure that everyone receives equal treatment. Subsequently, STL students discussed their concerns about career in Huawei’s Legal Department with the managers.
This visit provides a great opportunity for STL students to know Huawei and its Legal Department better and is another step of cooperation between STL and Huawei.