4L student Jiang Shan has returned to STL following a several month externship with the World Bank’s International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington D.C. STL is a leader in providing academic credit for superior temporary professional placements for STL students.
Jiang Shan shares insights about her experience in the following interview (in Chinese).
Professor Mark Feldman was one of several leading experts invited to speak at the October 27, 2016 Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) Seminar in Seoul, Korea focusing on “Current Issues in International Investment Arbitration.” Professor Feldman, a scholar of international investment and treaty arbitration, spoke on the topic of “Investment Arbitration: Policy Divergence, Prospects for Harmonization, and Implications for the Developing World.” Speakers for the seminar included Meg Kinnear, General Secretary of ICSID, Jiun Kim, Vice Director of International Legal Affairs for Korea’s Ministry of Justice, and several leading professors and practitioners. The seminar was jointly sponsored by the Seoul International Dispute Resolution Centre, the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, and Seoul National University.
Professor Feldman regularly is asked to lend his expertise to important issues of economic law. He currently serves as a member of the E15 Initiative Task Force on Investment Policy and, earlier this year, he was an invited expert to the G20 International Trade and Investment Workshop in Nanjing. He also serves on the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA), as a Global Associate at the National University of Singapore’s Centre for International Law, and as an arbitrator of the Shenzhen International Court of Arbitration. Professor Feldman teaches contracts, international business transactions, and international investment treaty arbitration at STL.
STL Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Susan Finder, an expert on China’s judicial system and author of the blog, The People’s Supreme Court Monitor, was an invited speaker at the University of Southern California’s US-China Institute’s 10th Anniversary conference, “The China Card: Politics vs. Policy,” on September 29, 2016. Professor Finder was one of twenty leading scholars, policymakers and public intellectuals from around the world addressing topics such as economic ties, environmental issues, security challenges, and the roles of businesses, civic organizations, research institutions, and various governmental agencies in managing US-China relations.
Professor Finder teaches courses on the Chinese judiciary and judicial reform from a comparative perspective in STL’s innovative dual degree J.D./J.M. program of study.
Susan Finder (far right) during a panel discussion at USC’s US-China Institute conference on Sept. 29. (Photo by Juliet Zhu/Epoch Times)
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), which was published to critical acclaim as a path-breaking and seminal analysis of East Germany’s 1989 Revolution, has received another favorable review, this one by Richard Albert, Professor of Law at Boston College. In his review, Professor Albert writes that, “Jaggi’s book ensures that those who seek to preserve the memory of the 1989 Revolution will always have a compelling account of its unfolding and its impact.”
The full book review is available here.
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Professor Nitzan Shilon’s research is featured in a new Reuters Money column by James Saft entitled, Boards Should Put Money Where Their Mouths Are in Hostile Offers. The column reports on Professor Shilon’s innovative suggestion for improving shareholder protection from underpriced bids in hostile takeover situations: “Nitzan Shilon, of the Peking University School of Transnational Law, proposes a novel solution: encouraging outside directors of boards to put ‘their money where their mouths are in rejecting bids. In brief, the idea is to encourage outside board members to pledge, at the same time as they reject a bid, to buy shares in the company at the bid price and hold them for a pre-agreed time.”
The column quotes from Professor Shilon’s recent article, Putting Directors’ Money Where Their Mouths Are: A New Approach to Improving Corporate Takeover Dynamics:
The systemic failure in protecting shareholders in takeover situations is not all due to the conflict of interest between target boards and their shareholders or to the lack of judicial tools to review board decisions effectively; it is also due in part to the legal rules prohibiting boards from showing their genuine opposition to the bid by committing to buy, if the bid fails, some shares of the target firms.
James Saft concludes that, “A board whose outside directors pledge to use one third of their cash compensation to purchase stock from the corporation, for example, and hold it for at least three years, would send a very clear and valuable signal to shareholders.”
Professor Shilon’s article, which he is presenting at the 33rd Annual Conference of the European Association of Law and Economics at the University of Bologna, also is the subject of a recent post on The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.
Professor Norman P. Ho was an invited presenter and participant in the “New Work on Property Theory” workshop organized by the Centre for Legal Theory at the National University of Singapore (“NUS”) from 28-29, July 2016. The workshop, convened by leading property theorist Professor James Penner of NUS, brought together a total of nine property theorists from various institutions around the world (including the London School of Economics and the University of Toronto) to present and discuss their new work in the field of property theory. Professor Ho presented his paper, “Lockean Property Theory in Confucian Thought.”
Professor Ho is a scholar of legal theory (especially premodern Chinese legal thought, comparative jurisprudence, and property theory) and Chinese legal history.
Professor Nitzan Shilon has been appointed by Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon to serve as a Commissioner of the Israel Securities Authority (“ISA”), the Israeli equivalent of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Professor Shilon is one of eleven Commissioners on ISA’s Board of Governors; he is a member of ISA’s Stock Exchange Committee and the Investment Advisors Committee.
The Israel Securities Authority was established under the Securities Law of 1968. The principal purpose of ISA is to protect the interests of the investing public. ISA has primary responsibility over five functional areas: (i) granting permission for corporations and mutual funds to publish prospectuses; (ii) assuring that the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange (“TASE”) is managed appropriately and fairly; (iii) regulating and monitoring the activity of the mutual funds industry; (iv) investigating violations of the Securities Law; and (v) promoting the development of market structures and the diversity of financial products.
Professor’s Shilon’s appointment as Commissioner of ISA is a reflection of his growing prominence as a legal scholar and economist. His research examines issues of corporate law and financial law, with a focus on emerging trends in executive compensation and corporate governance, and has been published in leading academic journals and featured in major international news sources including, most recently, a special feature in Reuters Money. Professor Shilon teaches courses in business associations, corporate finance, and corporate law and policy in STL’s innovative dual degree China Law/Common Law curriculum. He earned his S.J.D. and LL.M. from Harvard Law School and his B.A. and M.A. from Tel Aviv University School of Economics. Before embarking on his academic career, Professor Shilon practiced corporate law in leading international law firms in New York and Israel.
Professor Zhu Daming was an invited scholar at the Fifth Annual Meeting on Sino-Japanese Company Law, sponsored by the Japanese Company Law Research Society. This year’s meeting, which was held July 29-30 in Tokyo, focused on hostile takeover and anti-takeover measures. In addition to Professor Zhu, the Chinese delegation included professors from Tsinghua University, Peking University-Beijing, and South West University of Political Science and Law. The Japanese delegation was represented by professors from the University of Tokyo and Gakushin University, as well as practicing lawyers from Nishimura & Ashai, the largest international law firm in Japan. The annual meeting on Sino-Japanese Company Law has become an important platform for high-level exchange between company law scholars and practitioners from China and Japan.
Professor Zhu is a leading scholar of financial law and comparative commercial law. Earlier this year, he was appointed a Director of the China Commercial Law Society, the largest commercial law academic society in China. Professor Zhu teaches courses on company law, mergers & acquisitions, and Chinese commercial legal system in STL’s highly interactive dual-degree J.M/J.D. program of study.
On July 31 to August 6, STL hosted 96 high-achieving undergraduate students from China and around the world in STL’s annual Summer Honors Program (SHP). Throughout the 7-day program, students were introduced to STL’s cutting edge English-language J.D. and China law J.M. curriculums. Students experienced actual law school classes taught by STL’s distinguished multinational faculty, they participated in case briefing exercises and moot court arguments, and they met with current STL students and alumni to discuss life at STL and the rewarding career opportunities that await STL graduates. Students also traveled to Hong Kong for two days, observing proceedings at the Hong Kong High Court and visiting the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
STL’s highly successful SHP program was established in 2009. Many current STL students and alumni participated in SHP before enrolling in STL.
For more information about SHP 2017, please visit http://stl.pku.edu.cn/admissions/shp/.