Law Career Series Lecture: Lawyering in the China Market – Perspective from a US Lawyer in China

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Friday, January 16, 2015
C303, PKU ShenZhen

About the Speaker Robert Lewis:

Robert Lewis (吕立山), one of the best well-known, most active foreign lawyers in the China legal market, is a true pioneer in international legal practice and widely acclaimed thought leader. A US lawyer licensed in California, Robert has worked in China for more than 20 years in both private practice with major international and Chinese law firms and as in-house counsel with multinational corporations. Currently a senior international counsel of Zhonglun Law Firm, his practice focuses on in-bound and out-bound cross-border corporate and commercial transactions, with a particular emphasis on M&A, telecoms/IT transactions, and infrastructure projects, as well as clean energy and strategic partnering arrangements generally.

A few highlights of Robert’s illustrative career include:

– Perfectly bilingual in spoken and written Mandarin with native English.
– Managing Partner of Lovells (Hogan Lovells) Beijing Office for nine years.
– General Counsel of Nortel Networks Communications.
– The only foreign member of All China Lawyers Association Legal Training Committee, who has conducted hundreds of hours of training for Chinese lawyers and legal professionals.
– Author of numerous professional articles and several books in Chinese for Chinese legal and business professionals, including “The Art of Legal Drafting”, “Pioneering the – Modern Chinese Law Firm Management System” and “The Rules of the Game”.
– Architect and founding Chairman of the first Chinese-foreign law firm alliance, Sino-Global Legal Alliance (SGLA).
– Regular opinion contributor to The Lawyer online on China legal market (Robert’s blogs on the Chinese legal market can be found at
– Legal advisor to the 2008 Beijing Olympics Committee on major infrastructure projects

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Come hear expert’s insight about the legal market, China practice. Come ask the top professional leader about your question. A great opportunity that you never want to miss.

Panel Discussion: Law Clinics and Career Development

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Saturday, January 10, 2015
3:30-5:00 p.m.
PHBS 335, PKU ShenZhen


What are clinics like? What will you experience as a clinical student? How does clinical education influence your career development or job hunt? How will it impact you as a lawyer? The panel discussions will provide answers to these questions. Our panelists are lecturers, STL graduates and current students who have been a clinical student in law school. They will be sharing their experience and thoughts as to the relationship between clinical experience and career development.

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Public Lecture – Climate Policy and Clean Energy in the United States: Recent Trends and Future Prospects

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Friday, January 9, 2015
B218, PKU ShenZhen


In November 2014, China and the United States signed an ambitious agreement that commits each country to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades. I review the agreement and discuss the current state of U.S. climate policy in light of these new targets. The Obama Administration has proposed executive actions to limit climate pollution, but more effort will be required if the United States is to reach its new goals. Although there is little hope of federal legislation in the next two years, the U.S. could rapidly reduce its emissions if the balance of political power shifts in the future. Meanwhile, states continue to drive the policy conversation on climate and clean energy in the U.S. Perhaps the best news of all is the rapid development of successful businesses in the American wind and solar industries, whose influence at the state and federal levels could help transform the national energy sector.


Danny Cullenward joined UC Berkeley as a Philomathia Research Fellow in September 2013, after completing his J.D. at Stanford Law School and his Ph.D. in Environment & Resources (E-IPER) at Stanford University.

Danny was the first J.D./Ph.D. student in E-IPER, where he was a David and Lucile Packard Foundation Stanford Graduate Fellow. His thesis research integrated insights from energy economics and law to support the development of effective, science-based climate policy at the state and federal levels. Working through Stanford’s Environmental Law Clinic, Danny focused on strengthening California’s climate policy through litigation, public comments, and regulatory development processes. With colleagues in engineering and law, he also created new methods for assessing the distributional impacts of national carbon tax legislation on household expenditures.

Before graduate school, Danny worked for MAP Royalty, Inc., an energy investment company in Palo Alto. At MAP, he was responsible for supporting energy education at Stanford, including co-teaching the University’s largest energy class and organizing a field research seminar to visit major energy installations in China. Previously, Danny was a Research Associate with the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, where he conducted fieldwork on energy policy in China, India, Brazil, and Norway.

He holds a B.S. with interdisciplinary honors in Earth Systems, and an M.S. in Management Science & Engineering, both from Stanford.

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Lunch Time Lecture – Understanding Traditional Chinese Law in Practice: The Implementation of Criminal Law in the Tang Dynasty (618-907)

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015
C303, PKU ShenZhen


The Tang dynasty is regarded as one of China’s most accomplished dynasties – its achievements in the areas of literature, empire-building, and law have influenced subsequent dynasties. Indeed, the Tang Code, a penal code promulgated in its finalized form in 653, is regarded as an apex in the development of traditional Chinese law. Given the importance of the Tang Code and the Tang dynasty more generally, it is not surprising that much has been written about the Tang Code and Tang law. Most scholarship, however, has tended to focus on the history of codification and, more specifically, the Tang Code itself. Less scholarship has been done to understand how the Tang Code was actually implemented and applied in society and to answer questions such as whether the application of justice (as mandated by provisions of the Tang Code) was applied consistently. Drawing on and introducing selected Tang historical sources and case accounts (many of which have not previously been translated to English), this talk attempts to address these questions and to discuss the implementation and application of law in traditional China as viewed through the enforcement of criminal law and criminal procedure (as set forth in the Tang Code) in the Tang dynasty.

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Law Career Series Career Discussion – Capital Markets and Corporate Law Careers in Hong Kong

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Friday, January 9, 2015
C303, PKU ShenZhen


John Moore (Partner, Slaughter and May)
Norman P. Ho, Moderator (PKU-STL)


Come hear John Moore, a leading US and Hong Kong-qualified corporate attorney in Hong Kong, discuss careers in capital markets and corporate practice in international law firms in Hong Kong in an informal conversational setting.  John will also share his work experiences in in-house and regulatory roles as well, and there will be plenty of time for Q & A


Public Lecture: How to Negotiate Business Contracts with Americans

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Saturday, December 27, 2014
3:00-4:30 p.m.
C303, PKU ShenZhen

The speaker Mr. Michael Lu is Senior Director at AAC Technologies and Partner at Lee, Tsai & Partners. Before joining AAC, Mr. Lu was General Counsel at Delta Electronics, Deputy Director at TSMC, General Counsel at CyberLink as well as Partner at Baker & McKenzie Taipei. Mr. Lu is also an Associate Professor at National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan). Mr. Lu studied at Soochow University (Taiwan) and Chengchi University (Taiwan). He holds a LLM degree from Cornell University and a JD degree from American University.


“Jurists in Nanyan” Series Lecture: Compilation of Chinese Civil Code

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014
9:00-10:30 p.m.
C303, PKU ShenZhen

Recently, compilation of Chinese Civil Code is one of the most important questions in the process of Rule of Law in China. On Dec. 23, 2014, Professor ZHU Daming will invite the head of the Civil Law Office of Legal Council of Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, to give students a lecture. The lecture is arranged to introduce the progress and several questions in the compilation of Chinese Civil Code. We hope you all could participate the lecture and find it interesting. This lecture is held by STL and Society of Women in Law (SWL).


Law Careers Series Lecture: UNHCR Mandate and Refugee Protection

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
12:30-14:00 p.m.
C303, PKU ShenZhen

STL Career Services Center has arranged a lecture on Dec. 16 2014 to introduce students an UN organization, which is UNHCR(联合国难民署). From the talk by Senior Protection Officers Zhang Youli and Li Sangu, you will expect to learn what they do and how it feel like working in international organization like that. We hope you all could participate the lecture and find it interesting.

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December 9: Lecture on Developments in the U.S. Law of General Jurisdiction

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014
5:10- 6:30 p.m.
C303, PKU ShenZhen

Short bios:

Aaron Simowitz is a Research Fellow at New York University’s Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration, and Commercial Law, a Fellow at the Classical Liberal Institute, and a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School, where he teaches Transnational Litigation and Arbitration. His scholarship considers the impact of new types of assets and transactions on international litigation and arbitration. His current work, Siting Intangibles, lays out a conflict of laws framework for judgment and arbitral award enforcement against intangible assets. Aaron received the 2014 Young Scholar’s Award from the American Society of International Law’s Private International Law Interest Group.

Before joining NYU and Columbia, Aaron worked at the New York office of Gibson, Dunn &Crutcher, where he focused on international litigation and arbitration. Aaron earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Talk Description:

On January 14, 2014, the United States Supreme Court decided Daimler v. Bauman. In Daimler, the Court dramatically curtailed the ability of U.S. courts to assert jurisdiction over foreign entities. Specifically, it held by a vote of 8-to-1 that the U.S. doctrine of general jurisdiction, which identifies where an entity can be sued for any claim whatsoever, applies only where the entity is essentially “at home.” The Court made clear that “at home”—except in “exceptional” circumstances—equals a corporation’s place of incorporation or principal place of business. In doing so, the Court upended half a century of U.S. law subjecting corporations to general jurisdiction wherever they have “continuous and systematic” contacts. This had the effect of bringing the U.S. much closer to the rest of the world in how it treats defendants. But it has also raised numerous unanticipated concerns, among them whether U.S. courts can assert power over arbitral award debtors or non-parties holding a defendant’s or debtor’s assets. We will discuss both the intended and unintended consequences of theDaimler decision, some of which are even now playing out in high-profile litigation between the Bank of China and U.S. luxury goods companies.

Public Lecture: Antitrust Law in Zero-Price Markets

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
5:10- 6:30 p.m.
C303, PKU ShenZhen

This lecture examines the application of U.S. antitrust law to “zero-price markets”, where firms set the price of their products at $0. Creative content, software, search functions, social media platforms, mobile applications, travel booking, navigation and mapping systems, and myriad other products are now widely distributed at zero prices. But despite the exponential increase in the number and volume of zero-price products being consumed, antitrust institutions and analysts have not developed adequate answers to the questions raised by the absence of market prices.

The lecture will trace the evolution of modern U.S. antitrust law from its political roots to its modern basis in neoclassical economics. While economic insights have improved antitrust law’s rigor, they have also caused an inappropriate-and in some ways exclusive-focus on prices. The lecture contends that this price-centered focus has caused antitrust enforcers, scholars, and courts to overlook the very existence of markets with no prices. The absence of positive prices does not foreclose antitrust scrutiny-“trade,” for purposes of the Sherman and Clayton Acts, encompasses transactions that involve customers exchanging things other than money for the products they demand. For purposes of antitrust law, zero-price markets are “markets”.

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