Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) at STL attended the PILNet Asian Pro Bono Forum on May 23-24 in Hong Kong. PILF socialized and networked with the conference organizers, local law school students from Hong Kong University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong as well as many NGO leaders and lawyers.
STL’s C.V. Starr Professor of Law Francis G. Snyder has donated his 580 volume collection of original European Court Reports (“ECR”) to the STL Law Library. The ECR includes authentic texts of all judgments of the European Court of Justice since 1954, internal reports by judges to the Court in connection with each reported judgment, and all Advocate General Opinions regarding the public interest implicated in each case. Professor Snyder previously arranged for the entire collection to be beautifully bound in the Court’s official color, a royal blue-purple. Professor Snyder began his collection during his early years of teaching at Warwick University and continued building the collection during his years at University College London, the European University Institute, Aix-Marseille University in France, and the London School of Economics.
In Beijing, on May 10, 2014, the Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL) convened faculty from STL and STL’s sister school, the Peking University Law School, as well as a panel of distinguished lawyers to address cutting-edge issues in international legal practice and education.
Founded in November 1998, Tencent has grown into one of China’s largest and most used Internet service portal. Since its establishment over the last decade, Tencent has maintained steady growth under its user-oriented operating strategies and on June 16, 2004, Tencent Holdings Limited went public on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Entering into Tencent, visitors are surrounded in a hi-tech, interactive environment. On the real-time display screen in the exhibition hall, the students are able to watch the current online QQ users and the Wechat users. While the display screen scrolled, the staff introduced Tencent’s history and its current development.
The representatives of Tencent’s legal department delivered introductions for each legal team. The Legal Compliance and Transaction Department introduced the organization of the teams and the character of their work. They are in charge of the M&A transactions of Tencent and expressed their expectation for outside counsel since they are working closely with law firms. The Litigation Department recalled several cases Tencent dealt with recently, including the famous so-called “3Q War” case, which involved two large Chinese internet companies in dispute. The General Legal Department introduced the Online Payment and other Internet Finance businesses which are the promising businesses for internet companies in China. The IP Department presented the overall plan for Tencent’s global IP protection and Trademark protection. The Strategic Planning and Public Relation Department is a unique department – they present the Tencent Academy for Internet and its publications.
This Tencent visit piqued the interest of STL students. On the other hand, Tencent also expressed their need for students who have solid legal and language skills and are interested in working with internet companies.
– Reported By WU Guanhua (2L); Photos by WU Guanhua
Dean Philip McConnaughay and Judge Brooks Smith, STL’s 2014 C.V. Starr Distinguished Jurist in Residence, met with The Law Society of Hong Kong on April 10, 2014, to introduce them to STL and to exchange ideas for future cooperation between the two institutions. Of particular interest to both STL and The Law Society is the development of “Qianhai,” the emerging multi-trillion dollar joint Shenzhen-Hong Kong special economic zone focusing on service and high tech industries in an environment largely open to legal, regulatory and legal services reforms.
Peking University Transnational Law Review has published its first issue of volume 2. This issue covers a broad area of law, including several articles and a speech.
On April 19 2014, STL PILF hosted the First Annual Public Interest Auction on campus at the Peking University School of Transnational Law, Shenzhen. The Auction was the first event of its kind for a Chinese law school and was supported by many public interest law organizations from mainland China and Hong Kong. It is an annual fundraiser to support various public interest law events and Summer Internship Grants at STL. The Summer Internship Grants helps subsidize STL students who choose to devote their summers to public interest work. All monies donated will contribute to PILF to support these programs.
Li Jiangfeng is from the class of 2012, the first graduating class of STL.
STL’s moot court team was among the Best 16 Teams of the 7th Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court (FIAC). Students WU Mengqiu, WU Guanhua, ZHANG Junqi participated in this competition hosted by Goethe-University Frankfurt in Germany.
FIAC is a competition considered as one of the most prestigious international moot court competitions with a focus on investment treaty arbitration. It serves as a platform for students who want to compete on an international level and have a passion for investment arbitration. Teams present their arguments orally before tribunals of arbitration composed of investment treaty experts.
Last year, STL team won the second place in FIAC. The team members, Liu Shuang and LIU Xing’er, coached the team this year. Having prepared for nearly 3 months, STL team’s performance in the hearings was well recognized by the arbitrators all over the world. The team competed against 41 teams from all over the world including universities from the United States, Sweden, Russia, France, Germany, Jamaica, India, the United Kingdom, and many others.
Continuing a phenomenal run of school-wide moot court success, Peking University School of Transnational Law’s (STL) International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Court team emerged from a competitive field of 16 teams to earn Second Place at the China National Round in Beijing from March 7-9. The team is composed of 5 students, all from the Class of 2016 – Guo Weijia, Ling Tong, Song Chao, Wang Lingling, and Zhou Zixi. C.V. Starr Lecturer Robyn Barnard also accompanied the team.