Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL) welcomed 95 new students this past weekend. Classes will begin on Thursday, but STL held several activities to help new students adapt to the cross cultural study environment.
On May 28, 2014, Mr. Xie Xianghui, partner at Grandall Law Firm, gave a public lecture on the case Proview v. Apple (2012), in which he served as counsel for Proview and won a settlement of 60 million from the iPad name dispute. This is also the first lecture of Legal Practice Lecture Series held by Intellectual Property Association (IPA) and Real Estate Club (REC).
On May 25, Career Services Center (CSC) and the Society of Women in Law (SWL) of Peking University School of Transnational Law (STL) hosted a Speed Mock Interviewing Workshop.
STL’s LL.M. (Master of Laws) program is accepting applications until March 31, 2016. 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.
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.