Peking University School of Transnational Law’s International Environmental Moot Court (IEMCC) Team earned “Best Memorial Award” and the Silver Medal in the East Asia Qualifying Round of the “Stetson University International Environmental Moot Court Competition,” November 29-December 2 at Soongsil University College of Law, Seoul, Korea.
The Stetson International Environmental Moot is one of the world’s premier moot court competitions focusing on environmental law issues. STL’s strong performance in the Qualifying Round earned team members Chen Yangjie ’18 and Tang Hao ’18 a trip to Stetson University in the United States for the International Finals in March 2018.
“It is the first time that I participated in a moot court competition and I feel very fortunate about the outcome and for all of the support from STL and our coach,” remarked Chen Yangjie, who also received the individual “Second Oralist Award.”
“It is really a great honor to represent STL in IEMCC. Yangjie and I prepared for our own issues respectfully, but we also helped each other by making suggestions during the preparation. In the competition round, we cooperated well, learned from each oral round and then made adjustments in our approach. Our success was the result of our cooperation and preparation, as well as from the good advice of our coach. From my perspective, moot court is a really good opportunity to develop and improve your legal skills,” said Tang Hao.
“The Stetson Environmental Moot is the premier international environmental moot in the world. I am happy that Tang Hao and Chen Yangjie represented STL at this Moot and that they impressed judges with their advocacy and analytical skills. Only two teams from all of East Asia will proceed to the international rounds. I’m happy that STL will send one of those teams in the first year we have ever participated,” said IEMCC team coach Assistant Dean Christian Pangilinan.
Professor Ray Campbell was one of several leading experts invited to speak at the LexTech 2017 Conference on “The Future of Law,” November 4-5 in Kuala Lumpur. Professor Campbell participated in a panel on “ AI and Big Data: Can Lawyers Be Replaced?” His remarks focused on, “Is AI Just Hype?” He was joined on the panel by lawyers from Linklaters, Lexis Nexis and Zico Holdings. Professor Campbell has written extensively about the changing dynamics of the legal profession and the role of innovation and regulation in the delivery of legal services.
LexTech was the first of its kind legal technology conference that brought together private, public and regulatory organizations to “share new ways of thinking, build strong partnerships, and define new strategies to compete in the ever-changing legal landscape of South East Asia.” The conference aimed to identify leading-edge issues in legal tech that might contribute to a greater understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing lawyers, law firms and legal tech start-ups.
On October 30, 2017, Professor Mark Feldman and John Aycock, director of STL’s international programs, visited the Malaysian Bar Council in Kuala Lumpur for invited presentations to Bar members. Professor Feldman, a scholar of international investment treaty arbitration, delivered remarks on “Mega-Regional Free Trade Agreements: Asia as 21st Century Rule-Maker.” His remarks focused on Asia as the new center of gravity for international investment law rule-making. This is occurring largely as a result of two developments: (i) the negotiation of two mega-regional free trade agreements, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), both based in Asia and both proceeding without the United States, and (ii) the stalling-out of a third mega-regional free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership).
Director Aycock devoted his presentation to legal developments in China’s Pearl River Delta, which included an introduction to STL’s unique program of legal education.
Professor Feldman and Director Aycock also visited the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration during their visit to Malaysia.
On October 30, STL hosted a panel of experts to discuss the case of missing Peking University Shenzhen (PKUSZ) graduate Zhang Yingying, who graduated in 2016 with a master’s degree in environmental engineering. She disappeared in early June 2017 while studying as a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in the United States. A University of Illinois post-graduate student has been charged with her kidnapping and criminal proceedings are under way. Zhang Yingying remains missing.
The panel of experts invited to discuss the case surrounding Zhang Yingying’s disappearance included Wang Zhidong, a senior lawyer representing Zhang Yingying’s family, and Dr. Liu Shiquan, a noted forensic scientist. Both guests shared their findings before a standing-room only audience of students and professors from STL and the entire PKUSZ community, as well as several practicing lawyers and interested members of the public. The program was organized and moderated by STL Distinguished Professor from Practice, Dr. Thomas Yunlong Man, a scholar of comparative evidence. The event was broadcast live by Southern Metropolitan Daily, a Shenzhen-based news outlet.
Wang Zhidong is the founder and managing partner at Wang, Leonard & Condon, and is a nationally-acclaimed immigration attorney. As a member of the Sino-U.S.legal team representing Zhang Yingying’s family, he plays an important role as a public spokesperson on behalf of the family. He devoted most of his remarks to a discussion about the procedural process relating to the prosecution of the suspect, covering several important issues such as federal jurisdiction, death penalty, changes in the defense teams and strategies and prospects of a criminal conviction.
Dr. Shiquan, aided by detailed photographic analysis, offered an explanation of the police and FBI investigative processes. He shared insights into the cooperation between Chinese police and the FBI that he helped to coordinate and that resulted in critical leads to identify the suspect. Dr. Shiquan earned his Ph.D degree from People’s Public Security University of China and is a post-doctoral fellow at China University of Political Science and Law. He is responsible for crime scene investigation and evidence identification and has been involved in numerous high-profile cases.
Following the presentations by Wang Zhidong and Dr. Shiquan, a prominent local criminal lawyer, Mr. Liu Hui, offered brief comments focusing on the differences between U.S. and Chinese criminal proceedings.
The experts then took questions from the audience. The Q&A was extremely engaged and from time to time emotional as several of Zhang Yingying’s former classmates recalled their relationship with her and asked how they might assist in the effort to solve her case.
The program also included extensive participation by several STL students who worked under the supervision of Professor Man to prepare background information to help guide the audience through the nuances of the case.
C.V. Starr Professor of Law Francis Snyder’s and 3L student Ni Lili’s co-authored article, “Apples from China and the Emerging World Food Trade Order: Food Safety, International Trade and Regulatory Collaboration between China and the European Union,” recently was selected for publication in the Chinese Journal of Comparative Law (Oxford University Press), one of the leading journals in the world that covers Chinese law in a comparative perspective. The international peer-review Journal gives preference to articles addressing cross-disciplinary “issues of fundamental and lasting importance in the field of comparative law.”
Professor Snyder’s and Ni Lili’s article analyzes the legal obstacles to Chinese international trade in food and shows how the increasingly successful strategies of Chinese government and business meet these challenges. Alignment of Chinese and international standards, China’s export strategy based on selected export companies in the reform of Chinese agriculture, and new bilateral agreements within the “One Belt, One Road” initiative converge in an unusual form of regulatory collaboration between China and the EU. These developments lay a foundation for major shifts in the future world food trade order. The article is in press and will be published later this year.
Professor Snyder, a world-renowned scholar of international trade law, European Union law, and food safety law and policy, has made a point throughout his distinguished career of collaborating with students on joint research projects, thereby cultivating his students’ research skills.
“It is a privilege to carry out research with outstanding STL students such as Ni Lili. STL’s Center for Research on Transnational Law provides an ideal setting for such cooperation and can result in internationally recognized publications which draw on the talents of both established scholars and brilliant talents of the new generation,” said Professor Snyder, who credited the supportive atmosphere for research at STL for facilitating his scholarly productivity and encouraging scholarship among STL students.
“Professor Snyder inspires me to explore the academic field from comparative law perspectives. I really appreciate the platform STL provides students, especially the atmosphere for research and the patient and generous mentoring from erudite professors,” said Ni Lili. “I am very grateful to Professor Snyder for his encouragement and support and for the amazing opportunity to co-author papers with him.”
STL invited graduates working in Shanghai and Beijing to reconnect with the law school at alumni gatherings hosted by STL’s alumni and development team. Graduates gathered in Shanghai on October 20 and in Beijing on October 21. Shanghai and Beijing are popular destinations for STL graduates. It was great to see so many STLers again!
STL Dean Philip McConnaughay was an invited guest on a special “Town Hall” episode of CGTN’s “World Insight,” a television program hosted by journalist TianWei that explores global affairs and stories making headlines in China. Dean McConnaughay was joined by fellow guests Professor Hai Wen, one of China’s leading development economists and current Dean of Peking University HSBC Business School, and Dr. Victor Gao, an international relations expert and personal interpreter for Deng Xiaoping. The guests exchanged ideas about China’s economic development and current challenges facing the Communist Party of China (CPC).
The program also included a Q&A with the audience. Several STL students attended the Town Hall and asked questions during the Q&A.
The program originally aired on October 16, 2017. For more information about the Town Hall, please visit here.
On Saturday, October 14, STL hosted an “Admissions Open House” for prospective law students. The Open House offered interested students a unique opportunity to experience STL’s cutting-edge dual degree J.D./J.M. program of education.
During the Open House, students participated in classes taught by STL’s multinational faculty, attended a Q&A with STL’s Dean, and met with current STL students to discuss the study life at STL.
For more information on the admission process or future Open Houses at STL, please follow us on Wechat or contact email@example.com.
On September 18, STL Professor Mao Shaowei, a scholar of Chinese civil law and a leader in the reform of Chinese legal education, spoke to students about innovations in STL’s China law curriculum and the unique advantages of STL’s dual degree China law (J.M.) and Common Law (J.D.) program of study. Click here for an account (in Chinese) of Professor Mao’s lecture.
STL Professor Ray Campbell was a keynote speaker at the 2017 Shenzhen In-House Legal Summit organized by Asian Legal Business (ALB) on September 7. His keynote address, “Technology and the Changing Face of Legal Services,” focused on the changing nature of the legal services marketplace in light of technological and economic innovations.
ALB’s annual In-House Legal Summit brings together leading academics, senior corporate counsel, business leaders, and private practitioners for discussions about critically important legal and business issues affecting in-house counsel. In addition to Professor Campbell’s keynote address, topics covered this year included risk management, M&A financing, competition and intellectual property, among others.