Sang Yop Kang, Professor of Law at STL, was invited to present on his work at an international conference, “Pioneering a Trans-Pacific Vision in Corporate Law and Capital Market Law,” held at Seoul National University School of Law.
Professor Kang’s presentation was titled “Hostile Takeovers in China.” It was based on his draft on the Vanke case and the Chinese takeover mechanisms. In his presentation, Professor Kang discussed the episode of Baoneng Group’s hostile takeover attempt of Vanke and delved into several corporate governance issues in relation to the Vanke-Baoneng case. First, Professor Kang analyzed the relationship between ownership structures and hostile takeover attempts. He also considered, in the Chinese context, the (in)efficiency of the market for corporate control as well as the role of a white-knight. In addition, he examined the significance of the insurance industry and companies in the Chinese M&A market and the suspension of stock trading as a defensive tactic. Furthermore, Professor Kang elaborated on the comparative analysis of the issuance of new shares and a poison pill strategy. Also, he evaluated the financial regulatory system in China and explored a variety of political implications that the Vanke case and Chinese takeovers may bring.
Professor Kang teaches and researches in the areas of corporate governance, corporate law, law and economics, capital markets and financial market regulations.
STL Professor from Practice Thomas Y. Man received a Distinguished Service Award from Indiana University at the Indiana University 2018 Alumni Conference & Reunion held in Beijing, September 22, 2018. Professor Man obtained a J.D. degree from Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law in 1997. He is a member of the inaugural Dean’s Global Advisory Board of the Maurer School of Law. Indiana University President Michael A. McRabbie and Dean Austen Parrsh of Maurer School of Law presented the award to Professor Man at the IU China Bicentennial Alumni Gala and Recognition Ceremony. Professor Man is one of the two recipients of the inaugural Distinguished Service Award, along with Curt A. Ferguson, President of The Coca-Cola Company – Greater China and Korea.
In connection with the conference, Professor Man also spoke as a panelist at a penal discussion titled “The Changing Global Legal Profession: Society and Impact” and attended the Maurer School of Law Dean’s Global Advisory Board meeting.
In the summer of 2018, Stephen Minas, Assistant Professor at STL, participated in several European forums on energy, trade and investment law.
At the University of Split in Croatia, Professor Minas participated in the Energy Community’s Summer School program. The Energy Community is an international organization established by treaty. Its mission is to integrate the European energy market through harmonizing the legal framework in the areas of energy, the environment, and climate change. The annual Summer School is an intensive training week for young leaders focusing on European energy sectors in transition. In tackling this subject, the training covers, among other things, European energy policies, laws, and markets.
Similarly, at the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London, Professor Minas participated in a Jean Monnet Chair Workshop on international trade, investment and the rule of law. Named after one of the European Union’s founders, the Jean Monnet Chair program has been created to help bolster teaching and research on EU matters. The workshop was co-hosted by the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies.
At the workshop, Professor Minas delivered a presentation titled “A ‘New Era’ for Sustainable Investment? Environmental Standards in the Belt and Road Initiative, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and New Development Bank”. He also chaired a panel on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which included presentations on institutional investors, CSR in trade and investment, and transnational labor law.
Research assistance was provided for Professor Minas by two of STL’s capable students, Wei Chanchan and Zhang Min.
On September 7, 2018, STL Associate Professor Norman P. Ho was invited to deliver a public lecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law (“CUHK Law”). Professor Norman P. Ho is a scholar on legal theory and legal history. His lecture was titled “Confucianism and Chinese Law, Past and Present.”
The lecture was part of the ongoing Greater Chinese Legal History Seminar Series, a monthly event that features speakers on Chinese legal history. The Series is organized by Steven Gallagher, Associate Professor of Practice & Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at CUHK Law and Lutz-Christian Wolff, Wei Lun Professor of Law at CUHK Law & Dean of the Graduate School at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Photo Credit: The Chinese University of Hong Kong
STL Professor Sang Yop Kang’s article, “Game of Thrones”: Corporate Governance Issues of Children’s Competition in Family Corporations“, recently was published by the Berkeley Business Law Journal, one of the leading corporate law journals. The article explores a “game of thrones” in a family corporation when the children of a parent-controller compete to become the successor. Taking a theory-based approach, the article examines the negative externality problems shareholders and creditors face from such a “game of thrones” and explores whether shareholders have legal or non-legal recourse.
Professor Kang previously presented this article at a conference of leading law scholars held at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Professor Kang teaches and researches in the areas of corporate governance, corporate law, law and economics, capital markets and financial market regulations.
China’s Supreme People’s Court has appointed three current and former STL professors to a Committee of Experts established to advise China’s new International Commercial Court (CICC). Distinguished Scholar in Residence Professor Susan Finder, Emeritus Professor Peter Malanczuk, and former Visiting Professor Gary Born joined 29 other experts at an August 26 induction ceremony in Beijing that included members of the Sureme People’s Court and senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Commerce. The CICC Expert Committee is the first ever appointed by the People’s Supreme Court that includes members from outside Mainland China.
Professors Finder and Malanczuk were invited to address the gathering. Professor Finder concluded her remarks by saying that the new Court should use this opportunity to train a new generation of Chinese international judicial personnel (including STL students).
On August 25-27, 2018, Peking University School of Transnational Law (“STL”) hosted 106 students from China’s prestigious universities for Mini Camp. Throughout the two day program, students were introduced to STL’s cutting edge English-language J.D. and China Law J.M. curriculums. They also met with STL current students to discuss life at STL and attended STL’s Intramural Moot Final.
It was the second time STL held Mini Camp. Like Summer Honors Program, some current students participated in last year’s mini-camp before enrolling in STL.
One of the students said after the Mini Camp, “Impressed by all its faculty members, I can not take my eyes off STL. There is no such place in China that can render excellent academic as well as professional training in both Chinese law and American law. Also, a series of questions put forward by different professors in the class affords me a glimpse into the philosophy of STL that not only encourages deep thinking but also enlightenment in one’s life. STL helps you learn laws, but it goes beyond laws. In the most innovative city, with the most innovative curriculums and professors, STL is a shining example of pioneering spirit.”
STL students had the opportunity to test their advocacy skills in competition this month through the 2018 STL Intramural Moot Court Competition. STL students were invited to join the competition by submitting an argument on behalf of one side in a fictional U.S. Supreme Court case. Participants then argued in preliminary and semi-final rounds to determine which four participants could argue in the final round on Saturday, August 25.
This was the first Intramural Moot Court Competition organized by STL’s Moot Court Board, a group of upper-level students who previously represented STL in moot court competitions.
Four STL 2Ls, Zhang Fengming, Lin Yifu, Cui Luting, and Yin Wenjie advanced to the final rounds. Each finalist presented their arguments before a panel of four judges: Dean Philip McConnaughay, Susan Ning, partner at King Wood & Mallesons, Duncan Watson, partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, and Gu Dai, an STL alumna, partner at Yi & Partners. The judges were impressed by all four finalists. Cui Luting received the prize for Best Oralist from the judges. Lin Yifu received the prize for Best Written Submission from the Moot Court Board.
Students who participated in the Moot Court will now have the opportunity to apply to join STL’s Moot Court Program, which sends teams to several national and international moot court competitions every year, including the Willem C. Vis International Arbitration Competition, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot, the Stetson International Environmental Law Moot, the Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot, among others.
Peking University School of Transnational Law (“STL”) began the 2018-2019 academic year welcoming new students from throughout China and around the world. The new class includes 124 students in Common Law J.D. and China Law J.M. dual degree program, along with 11 LL.M. and several exchange students from different countries, including Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Singapore, India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan and others. Total new students number hits the record of STL’s history.
Orientation started on August 12 to welcome new students and lasted for three days. Events included opening ceremony; introductions to STL’s academic rules and policies, student services and career resources, Legal English Center; a library tour; discussion panels with upper-lever students, faculty and alumni. New students also attended a lecture on Professionalism and a class on how to read and analyze a judicial opinion that included a case briefing exercise.
On August 30-31, the Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School (“PKUSZ”) will host its campus-wide orientation for new graduate students. PKUSZ is home to eight elite graduate schools: the School of Electronic and Computer Engineering; the School of Chemical Biology and Biotechnology; the School of Environment and Energy; the School of Urban Planning and Design; the School of Advanced Materials; the HSBC Business School; the School of Humanities and Social Sciences; and the School of Transnational Law.
On July 28 through August 4, 2018, Peking University School of Transnational Law (“STL”) hosted over 100 students from China’s and World’s most prestigious universities, including Peking University, Fudan University, Wuhan University, Sun Yat-Sen University and Oxford University for Summer Honors Program (“SHP”). SHP at STL is an opportunity for outstanding college students to spend a week in residence experiencing the academic and daily life in China’s most innovative law school setting.
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, met with current STL students and alumni to discuss life at STL and visited Tencent. Students also traveled to Hong Kong for two days, observing proceedings at Hong Kong International Arbitration Center, Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal and Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The People’s Republic of China in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
STL’s SHP program was established in 2009. Many current STL students and alumni participated in SHP before enrolling in STL. For more information about SHP 2019, please contact email@example.com.