Dean Philip McConnaughay presented an invited paper at “The Globalization of Legal Education: A Critical Study” symposium hosted by the University of California Irvine’s Center on Globalization, Law and Society and Australian National University, September 8-9 in Irvine, California. Dean McConnaughay’s paper, “China and the Globalization of Legal Education: A Look into the Future,” examines the influence of legal developments in China’s Pearl River Delta and Belt and Road countries on global legal services and on STL’s program of legal education.
The symposium gathered leading international scholars for discussions ranging from global hierarchies in the cross-border movement of students to innovations in legal education in Asia and South America. In addition to scholars from University of California, Irvine and Australian National University, participants were from Northwestern University, University of Toronto, NYU, University of Copenhagen, Funacao Getulio Vargas, Washington University, Universidad Diego Portales and Utrecht University.
The Times Higher Education (“THE”) has ranked Peking University the 27th best university in the world in the prestigious “World University Rankings.” This rank is two places higher than last year. THE’s annual “World University Rankings” evaluates all research-intensive universities in the world across several performance indicators, including research quality, knowledge transfer, teaching, and international outlook.
Peking University or “Beida,” as it is commonly known in China, is China’s first and most renowned comprehensive research university with campuses in Beijing and Shenzhen. The University boasts academic programs and faculty that are among the best in the world. For more information about Peking University, click here.
On September 1, STL hosted Dr. Henry Chang-Yu Lee, the renowned forensic scientist, for a public lecture and Q&A on “Using Forensic Evidence to Solve Crimes 用科学证据破案.” Dr. Lee spoke to a standing room only crowd of students and professors from STL and other schools at the Peking University Shenzhen Graduate Campus. The lecture was moderated by STL Distinguished Professor from Practice, Dr. Thomas Yunlong Man, a scholar of comparative evidence.
Dr. Lee is the Director of the Forensic Research and Training Center at the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science, and Distinguished Chaired Professor in Forensic Science at the University of New Haven. Formerly, he was the Commissioner of Public Safety for the State of Connecticut (United States) and then Chief Emeritus for the Connecticut State Police. From 1978 to 2000, he was the Chief Criminologist and Director of the Connecticut State Police Forensic Laboratory.
Dr. Lee has served as an expert witness in such high profile cases as the O.J. Simpson murder trial, the JonBenet Ramsey kidnapping and murder investigation, and dozens of others. His Chinese hometown, Rugao in Jiangsu Province, has honored Dr. Lee by establishing a museum of forensic science in his name.
Dr. Lee earned his Master’s and Ph.D. in biochemistry from New York University, and his B.S. in forensic science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City.
On August 25, 2017, Peking University School of Transnational Law co-sponsored and hosted the 2017 Securities Compliance Litigation Forum, organized by the Financial Law Committee of the Guangdong Lawyers Association. Additional co-sponsors included the Financial and Legal Professionals Committee and Securities Law Committee of the Guangzhou Lawyers Association, and the Financial Law and Securities Law Committees of the Shenzhen Lawyers Association. More than 100 lawyers from Guangdong Province attended the Forum, along with STL students and faculty.
The Forum was chaired by Zhou Xuan, Director of the Financial Law Committee of the Guangdong Lawyers Association and a partner of Jingtian & Gongcheng Law Firm. Director Zhou remarked that the financial sector is the most active area of legal services driven largely by securities compliance issues and litigation.
STL Dean Philip McConnaughay offered a welcome and observed that the Guangdong Lawyers Association and STL share a goal of contributing to a Chinese legal profession capable of serving an advanced internationalized economy and that is recognized as among the best in the world.
Wang Chengjie, General Manager of Legal Compliance at Guohai Securities Company, and Liu Siyuan, a partner of Jingtian & Gongcheng Law Firm, made keynote presentations. Wang Chenjie discussed strategies for dealing with securities compliance litigation and Liu Siyuan discussed practice skills for securities fraud cases.
Director Zhou concluded the Forum by complimenting the outstanding skills and abilities of STL graduates. She expressed her expectation of their future contributions and influence in the legal market.
The Summer Honors Program (“SHP”) at Peking University School of Transnational Law (“STL”) is an opportunity for outstanding college students from China and around the world to spend a week in residence experiencing the academic and daily life in China’s most innovative law school setting. On July 30 through August 5, 2017, STL hosted 112 students from China’s most prestigious universities, including Peking University, Tsinghua, Fudan, Sun Yat-Sen and Wuhan, among others, as well as students from top international universities, such as Northwestern, Toronto and McGill.
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, participated in case briefing exercises and moot court arguments, and met with current STL students and alumni to discuss life at STL and the rewarding and diverse 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. One of the highlights of the week was a visit to Huawei, which included a tour of their facilities and an explanation of emerging technologies. Students also heard from Huawei legal experts about data privacy issues and other transnational legal issues that confront multinational companies like Huawei.
“SHP was a very fulfilling experience. From the J.D. and J.M. classes to the moot court, I now have a better understanding of law and STL’s approach to legal studies,” remarked Liang Sisheng, an SHP student from Sun Yat-sen University.
Li Ziyu, a student from China Foreign Affairs University, shared the same impression: “The interactive J.D. and J.M. classes taught by top faculty have imparted the best civil law and American law education to me. The activities in SHP helped me to fall in love with STL, to learn commitment and calmness, and to look forward to my next encounter, if fortunate,” she said.
STL’s SHP program was established in 2009. Many current STL students and alumni participated in SHP before enrolling in STL.
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STL Professor Sang Yop Kang, was invited by corporate law and governance scholars at the University of Oxford to make a presentation at their May 2017 conference on “The Law and Finance of Related Party Transactions.” Professor Kang presented his draft article, Related Party Transaction Regulations in China, which will be included in a forthcoming book published by conference organizers.
The conference was invitation only and included a select group of leading scholars from world-renowned law schools, such as Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, and Oxford. Conference participants will re-convene in October 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany to continue their research collaborations and finalize their draft articles.
STL Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Susan Finder, a leading expert on China’s judicial system, recently was interviewed by Lexis PSL about the reasons behind China’s move toward an “intelligent court system”. The text of the interview is available here.
Professor Finder is the author of the Supreme People’s Court Monitor, a widely read blog focused on issues related to the People’s Supreme Court and Chinese judicial reform.
Four 3L students spending their summer break in the United States spent July 21 visiting the International Monetary Fund (“IMF”) in Washington D.C. The visit was arranged by senior IMF official David Vannier, who visited and lectured last year at STL. The visit included meetings with Tao Zhang, Deputy Managing Director of the IMF, Jianhai Lin, Secretary General of the IMF, and Yan Liu, Assistant General Counsel in the IMF’s Legal Department.
The STL students participating in the visit were Hu Yue, Kou Shangyangzi, Sun Dongyu and Zhu Liusheng. “It was quite an informative and rewarding experience,” said Zhu Liusheng. “We were especially fortunate to have an opportunity to meet the top-level Chinese IMF executives, who shared their insights on the IMF’s role in the global economy,” he added.
David Vannier, who helped organize and facilitate the visit, works in the IMF’s Managing Director Office and is intimately familiar with the operations of the IMF. He visited STL last year in March and provided several lectures on the IMF and the IMF’s relationship to other international institutions.
Professor Sang Yop Kang, a prominent scholar of corporate law and governance, was honored by Tsinghua University’s Law Review with the “Tsinghua China Law Award for Excellence in Academic Research of 2017.” The award was made in recognition of Professor Kang’s article, The Independent Director System in China: Weakness, Dilemmas, and Potential Silver Linings, published in the current issue of the Tsinghua China Law Review (Volume 9, Issue 2 (2017)). The editors of the Tsinghua China Law Review offered the following introduction to Professor Kang’s article:
In The Independent Director System in China: Weaknesses, Dilemmas, and Potential Silver Linings, Professor Sang Yop Kang … critically analyzes the weaknesses of the independent director system in China, especially under the pressure of controlling shareholder ownership. Nonetheless, Prof. Kang believes that the system brings positive effects to Chinese corporate economy and offers an ingenious perspective to consider the Confucian tradition as a worthy resource of a “truly pluralist theory”.
Professor Kang is the author of many leading articles related to corporate law and governance. He teaches courses on corporate governance from the global perspective, economic analysis of corporate law, corporate and financial markets, and East Asian economic structures in STL’s Juris Doctor curriculum.
Professor ZhuDaming‘s comprehensive study on Hong Kong corporate law earned him “Second Prize for Excellence” at the 2017 Peking University Humanities and Social Sciences Research Awards. Professor Zhu’s study, which was published by China Law Press, provided in-depth coverage of the Hong Kong Companies Ordinance and related rules, including company establishment, capital formation, departmentalization, accounting and supervision system, corporate reorganization and bankruptcy.
Professor Zhu is a leading scholar of corporate law, with a special focus on comparative commercial law and financial law. He serves by appointment as a Director of the prestigious China Commercial Law Society. He is the author of over thirty scholarly articles and seven monographs and translated works. Professor Zhu teaches Chinese commercial legal system, mergers and acquisitions, and company law in STL’s J.M. curriculum.