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Speech at 2022 Commencement by Philip J. McConnaughay

STL Dean Philip McConnaughay
北京大学国际法学院院长 Philip McConnaughay

Welcome, everyone, to STL’s eleventh Commencement Ceremony.  Welcome to all of our graduates, faculty and staff able to attend in person, and welcome to all of our graduates, family and friends who are joining us remotely.

欢迎各位参加北京大学国际法学院第十一届毕业典礼。所有现场的毕业生、教职工们,远程与会的毕业生以及亲朋好友们,欢迎你们!

Wherever you might be, we are coming together today to recognize the extraordinary achievement of the 124 students from 23 different China Provinces who have successfully completed the world’s only American Law Juris Doctor, China Law Juris Master dual degree program, much of it in English and all of it extremely rigorous and demanding.   This is an academic and professional achievement only a few may claim.

无论你身在何方,今天我们齐聚一堂,一同庆贺来自中国23个省市的124名毕业生们取得的非凡成就。祝贺他们顺利完成了世界上唯一融合普通法Juris Doctor(J.D.)与中国法法律硕士(J.M.)的双学位项目。这份成就的背后是大部分的全英课程,以及严标准、高要求的培养模式。这是少数人才能取得的学术和专业成就。

We also are recognizing four LL.M. graduates today, lawyers from Egypt, Kenya, Malaysia, and Slovakia, who enrolled in STL for an advanced degree in law.

我们还要祝贺四位LL.M.毕业生,他们是分别来自埃及、肯尼亚、马来西亚和斯洛伐克的律师,来到STL攻读法律高等学位。

In addition to the tremendous achievement of earning your degrees, each of you also has had several additional accomplishments during your years at STL.  These accomplishments are especially notable given that so much of your time at STL has occurred during a worldwide pandemic.

你们不仅在STL取得了学位,还收获了诸多非凡成就。全球疫情占据了你们在STL的大量时光,这让你们的成就愈加瞩目。

Several of youwere members of Prize Winning teams that represented STL in Moot Court competitions worldwide.  The competitions included the Jessup International Moot, the Vis East Moot, the Red Cross International Humanitarian Moot, the John Jackson WTO Moot, the CIETAC International Arbitration Moot, the International Criminal Court Moot, and the Asia Pacific Mergers & Acquisitions Simulation.  Several STL team members distinguished themselves as best Oralists in these competitions.

你们中有代表学院参加全球模拟法庭竞赛的获奖团队成员。这些竞赛包括杰赛普国际法模拟法庭、Vis(East)国际商事仲裁模拟仲裁庭、红十字国际人道法模拟法庭、John Jackson WTO模拟法庭、“贸仲杯”国际投资仲裁模拟法庭、国际刑事法院模拟法庭、亚太地区企业并购模拟竞赛。有的选手在比赛中脱颖而出,斩获“最佳辩手”。

Your multiple externships included working with the Supreme People’s Court in Beijing, the First Circuit of Supreme People’s Court here in Shenzhen, the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court, the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration, CIETAC in Shenzhen, the Shenzhen Government, and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre.

你们还在最高人民法院、最高人民法院第一巡回法庭、深圳中级人民法院、深圳国际仲裁院(中国国际经济贸易仲裁委员会华南分会)、深圳市政府、香港国际仲裁中心等地方收获了丰富的实习经历。

Many of you served in the fight against Covid-19 as volunteers on campus and in your home communities.

你们中还有许多人以志愿者的身份投身于校园和社区的抗疫工作。

And despite the pandemic, one of you still managed to study abroad at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium.

尽管疫情肆虐,你们当中仍有一位毕业生,顺利完成了在比利时鲁汶天主教大学(Université catholique de Louvain)的交换项目。

And all of you are leaving STL for positions of leadership that will serve you, our law school, your families, and China extremely well — (i) as lawyers with leading law firms, companies, State-Owned Enterprises, and highly selective government offices; (ii) as law clerks with important courts and tribunals in China and abroad; and (iii) as post-doctoral students at some of the world’s leading universities.

你们都将离开STL成为行业的领军人物:你们将作为律师服务于知名律所、一流公司、龙头国企,以及选拔极为严格的政府机构;你们将作为法官助理加入法院和国际法庭;你们将在世界名校攻读博士学位……这将为你们自身、STL、你们的家庭,乃至整个国家带来美好前景。

All of you are now members of an elite group of lawyers and professionals with (i) the capacity to accurately analyze the most complex commercial, social and policy challenges, (ii) the ability to advocate effectively on behalf of your clients, students, and others you may represent; and (iii) the ability to create, propose and achieve solutions that are fair and equitable and that enable the continuation of productive and peaceful relationships going forward.

你们都已成长为律界精英,能够准确分析最复杂的商业、社会和政策上的法律难题,代表客户、学生及其他需要帮助的人做出有力的辩护,并创造公平公正的方案,让社会关系在有益、和谐的轨道上持续发展。

You, and your fellow STL graduates before you, are setting new standards of professionalism for the Chinese legal profession.  All other lawyers in China look to you as examples of lawyers and professionals (i) whose honesty never falters, (ii) whose adherence to the highest ethical standards never fails, (iii) whose fidelity to the interests you represent is unmatched, and (iv) who are respected for their civility.

你们将在中国法律界开创新的专业水准。你们始终诚实守信、恪守最高道德标准、忠实于客户利益,并且彬彬有礼。所有中国律师都会以你们为榜样。

It is your individual responsibility, to yourselves, to your clients, to your families, and to your law school, to live up to these expectations.   These are the attributes that will account for your professional reputation.  The example you set will be one of your greatest contributions to China, and to STL.

践行这些品质是你们对自己、客户、家人和STL义不容辞的责任。这些品质也将为你们赢得职业声誉。你们的榜样力量是对STL和中国的最大贡献之一。

Congratulations on your graduation and on all of your extraordinary achievements.

祝贺你们顺利毕业!祝贺你们取得的非凡成就!

I wish you all the best for the future, I hope to see you again at STL, and congratulations again on your many remarkable achievements.

祝你们未来一切顺利,愿在 STL 与你们再会,再次祝贺你们取得的卓越成就!

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