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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Law Careers Series Lecture: Capital Market and Securities Lawyer

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Friday, November 28, 2014
2:20-4:00 p.m.
C303, PKU ShenZhen

Lawyer Cao Pingsheng from Grandall Law Firm will speak at Peking University School of Transnational Law on Capital Market and Securities Lawyer. Mr. Cao’s work includes advising dozens of companies in their restructuring, IPO, re-finance, M&A, issuing of convertible bond and equity division reform. Some of his notable clients include NOPOSION Corporation, Guangdong Ronsen Super Micro-wire Co., Ltd., Tibet Galaxy Science & Technology Development Co., Ltd., Guangxi Guidong Electric Power Co., Ltd., China Merchants Property Development Co., Ltd., Shenzhen Worldsun enterprise Co., Ltd., Shenzhen Zhongheng Huafa Co., Ltd., China Overseas Land & Investment Ltd.(Hongkong listed company), Shenzhen Investment Ltd. (Hongkong listed company) and CITIC Resources Holdings Ltd. (Hongkong listed company).

He obtained his M.A. degree from Central South University and his B.A. degree from Central South University.

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Law and World Global Forum: Globalization and Development of Legal Education

In the perspective of legal globalization, Peking University Law and World Global Forum will organize famous legal scholars all over the world to explore significant issues faced by legal theories and practices during China’s process of driving the national policy of ruling by law.

The Forum will organize academic discussions on different topics such as the following:
Globalization and Development of Legal Education
Globalization and Rules of M&A, Globalization
Financial Supervision System
Globalization and Innovation of the Dispute Settlement Mechanism etc.

The recent forum sponsored by Peking University School of Transnational Law, together with Northwest University of Politics & Law will focus on the topic of Globalization and Development of Legal Education, for the purpose of promoting the revolution and development of China’s legal education by having legal scholars from all over the world explore the legal education systems of different countries.

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Public Lecture: What Felled Arthur Andersen? It Depends…

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014
07:00 – 08:30 p.m.
C303, PKU ShenZhen

For many decades, Arthur Andersen was one of the world’s five largest accounting firms and one of the world’s premier professional organizations with a reputation for integrity and trustworthiness.  But in 2002 it was convicted of obstructing justice and ceased to provide auditing services to public companies.  How can we explain this?  What was the cause (or causes) of Andersen’s fall?  How do we find the cause (or causes)?  What have the lawyers said about its fall and why?  What can we learn from Andersen’s fall?

Mr. Preston M. Torbert is currently Senior Counsel at Baker & McKenzie’s Chicago office where he practiced for three decades, drafting documents and advising clients on trade, investment, and compliance matters in China.  He is a founder of the firm’s China Practice Group, and a co-founder of the firm’s Taipei and Beijing offices. He holds degrees from Princeton (A.B.), Chicago (Ph.D. in Chinese history), and Harvard (J.D.).

Mr. Torbert is the author of The Ch’ing Imperial Household Department, of  four books in Chinese on drafting English-Chinese bilingual contracts, and of numerous articles, including recently, “Contract Drafting: A Socratic Manifesto” in The Scribes Journal of Legal Writing (2011-12) and “A Study of the Risks of Contract Ambiguity” in The Peking University Journal of Transnational Law (2014).

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