Professor Sang Yop Kang was an invited speaker at the 21st Century Commercial Law Forum, Fifteenth International Symposium, hosted by Tsinghua University Law School in Beijing on October 31 – November 1, 2015. Professor Kang’s presentation was titled, “Dilemma of Independent Director System in China: 橘化爲枳?”
Since 2001, the annual 21st Century Commercial Law Forum, has gathered renowned experts, scholars, and practitioners from throughout China and the world to engage in high-level academic discussions on a wide range of commercial law topics, including protection of investor interests, reform of Company Law, commercial law developments in China and the United States, company autonomy, and government regulation. The Forum has become an important symposium for constructive exchange between commercial law scholars and practitioners around the globe.
STL visiting professor Preston Torbert delivered a lunch-time lecture on October 29, 2015 on “Challenges of Hong Kong’s English-Chinese Bilingual Legislation.” Professor Torbert is the former head of Baker & McKenzie’s China practice. He has written extensively about drafting English-Chinese bilingual contracts, including A Study of the Risks of Contract Ambiguity, which was featured in The Peking University Transnational Law Review (2014). The article was one of the top ten most downloaded articles on SSRN in the fields of Contracts, Commercial Law, and Securities Law. Professor Torbert has been a long-time visitor at STL. He currently teaches the J.D. elective course, “Ambiguity – The Problem of Bilingual Contracts.”
STL alumnus Liang Shaoqing (Class of 2013) was featured in the Jinchang Daily (金昌日报) on October 20, 2015. Please find the news article (in Chinese) here.
On October 28, STL’s Society of Women in Law (SWL) hosted a panel discussion on Gender Discrimination in the Workplace. The panel included STL Professors Stephan Jaggi, Gina Pak, William Moriarty and Zhang Lining, each of whom shared their opinions about the topic and offered advice for identifying and challenging gender-based bias and discrimination in the workplace. The discussion also examined how gender stereotyping impacts the achievement of gender equality in various areas.
SWL, the first of its kind in a Chinese law school, is a student association dedicated to (i) promoting the academic, personal and professional development of women law students, and (ii) encouraging thoughtful discussion of issues related to gender, law and society. SWL furthers these goals by hosting a speaker series, providing mentoring and academic and career development workshops, and connecting students with other organizations in the community focusing on women’s issues. SWL is open to all law students.
Professor Nitzan Shilon presented his working paper, The Case for Managerial Signaling in Deciding Hostile Takeovers, at the 25th Annual Meeting of the American Law and Economics Association (ALEA), which was held on May 15-16 at Columbia Law School. Professor Shilon served as the panel chair of the “Mergers, Acquisitions & Takeovers” session. The panel included the notable Professor Lucian Bebchuk from Harvard Law School and Professor Xiumin Martin from Washington University in St. Louis. Professor Kathryn Judge from Columbia Law School served as the discussant for Professor Shilon’s paper presentation.
ALEA is dedicated to the advancement of economic understanding of law and related areas of public policy and regulation. The association serves to promote research in law and economics and contribute to the growing acceptance of legal and economic perspectives by judges, practitioners, and policy-makers. The association was co-founded in 1991 by George Priest, A. Mitchell Polinsky, and Steven Shavell.
Dong Shaoling, a 2016 graduate of Peking University School of Transnational Law, has been named to the Forbes China “Top 30 Under 30” in Media, Marketing and Advertising for 2017. The ranking is part of Forbes China’s listing of “300 Top Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Leaders Under Age 30.” (Click here for the ranking.)
Dong Shaoling is the CEO of Shenzhen ZhongbeiMingyi Tech Co., Ltd, which provides innovative IT services and solutions. One of its most popular products, RabbitPre, an HTML5 online tool and application generator, already has more than eight million registered corporate users, including Alibaba and China Mobile.
Click here for an interview (in Chinese) with Dong Shaoling about his reasons for choosing to study law at Peking University School of Transnational Law and about his successful business.
Dean Philip McConnaughay was one of four keynote speakers at the plenary session of the Annual Meeting of the European Law Faculties Association (“ELFA”) in Istanbul, Turkey on April 17. Dean McConnaughay’s address was titled, “Experiments with Legal Education in China: One Step Ahead of the EU and U.S.?” The other keynote speakers were The Hon. Marc Jaeger, President of the General Court of the European Court of Justice, Professor Leo Martinez, outgoing President of the Association of American Law Schools, and Professor Erika Techera, Dean of the University of Western Australia Faculty of Law. STL has joined ELFA as an Affiliate Member.
Read the Dean’s remarks by clicking here.
Development and Career Services Office organised a visit to the First Circuit of the Supreme People’s Court in Shenzhen on 22 April, 2015. Deputy Chief Judge Zhou Fan, Judge Liang Xiangyang, Presiding Judge Huang Jinlong, and Assistant Judge Chen Hongyu welcomed the group of faculty, staff and students.
Judge Liang Xiangyang introduced the First Circuit Court’s court rooms and facilities to the group. After that, Judge Zhou Fan introduced the background of establishing the First Circuit Court, its jurisdiction, staffing, organizational structure, facilities etc. Director of STL Development and Career Services Office, Zhang Chenli and Professor Jin Zining briefly introduced STL to the judges. Impressed by STL’s unique legal education, Deputy Chief Judge Zhou Fan and other Judges further learned STL’s curriculum and placement. In the end, students also got the opportunity to ask their questions to the judges as well.
With the visit, the group learned more about the First Circuit Court of the Supreme People’s Court. Meanwhile, it opened the door for further cooperation and interaction between STL and the First Circuit of the Supreme People’s Court.
STL Dean Philip McConnaughay served as a panelist with respect to “The Rule of Law in China’s Free Trade Areas” at the first “China Free Trade Zone Arbitration Forum” on April 10, in Qianhai, sponsored jointly by the South China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration) and the Authority of Qianhai Shenzhen Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone.
Other speakers and guests included The First Circuit Court of The Supreme People’s Court Chief Justice Liu Guixiang, The Civil Fourth Court of Supreme People’s Court Chief Justice Luo Dongchuan, The Authority of Qianhai Chief Director Zhang Bei, the Chairs of the Arbitration Commissions of Shanghai, Guangzhou, Tianjin and Zhuhai, STL Professor Thomas Man, and STL Assistant Dean Chen Keru.
The forum was held to advance China’s national strategy of “One Belt and One Road” and expanding China Pilot Free Trade Zones (“FTA”). The forum explored how international arbitration serves the FTA commercial legal environment. The meeting established the China FTA Arbitration Cooperation Alliance.
May 4, 2018 marks the 120th anniversary of Peking University!
For more information on University-wide events, please visit: http://120.pku.edu.cn/en/index.htm
For more information on PKU Shenzhen Graduate School events, please visit: http://news.pkusz.edu.cn/list-1829-1.html