Susan Finder, STL Distinguished Scholar in Residence, recently spoke at an important international conference on Chinese law , entitled “China’s Legal System at 40 Years-Towards an Autonomous Legal System?” It was held from October 11-13, at the Law School of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (Michigan Law) over three days. The conference has been described as a “Once-in-a-generation Conference on Chinese Law,” and included over 90 scholars from around the world. The founders of the field of study of Chinese law in the United States, Jerome Cohen and Stanley Lubman, were specially honored. Attendees from mainland China included Professor Wang Liming, former dean of the law school of Renmin University, Ji Weidong, former dean of the law school of Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shen Kui, of Peking University, and He Haibo, of Tsinghua University. In addition to many scholars based in the United States, others came from Australia, England, German, as well as the Hong Kong SAR and Taiwan. Professor Finder spoke on the topic of “What the Supreme People’s Court’s Support for the Belt & Road Initiative Reveals.” Professor Tom Ginsburg of the University of Chicago commented on Professor Finder’s paper. One of STL graduate Liu Chengying also attended the conference.
More recently, Professor Finder spoke on October 29 in Shanghai, at a conference co-sponsored by the Ministry of Justice and the Great Britain China Centre (GBCC). The topic of the conference was UK-China International Commercial Arbitration Seminar. Professor Finder spoke on the “Role of government and courts in supporting arbitration & related dispute resolution.” Other speakers included leading Chinese government officials, scholars, and arbitration commission heads, with attendees from all over China. Those invited by GBCC included Lord Phillips, the former president of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, Jonathan Wood, chair of the board of trustees, of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Steven Thompson, Head of the International Committee of the Bar Council of England and Wales and others.
On November 2, Professor Finder spoke at the Fourth Qianhai Legal Intelligence Forum, in Shenzhen. The topic of the conference was International Commercial Mediation: International Experience and Chinese Practice. The conference was sponsored by the Supreme People’s Court and China Law Society, organized by the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court, Shenzhen Law Society, and Shenzhen Justice Bureau. Opening speakers included the Secretary of the Shenzhen Political-Legal Affairs Committee and President of the Shenzhen Law Society, Mrs. Anna Joubin-Bret, Secretary of UNCITAL, and Vice President Luo Dongchuan of the Supreme People’s Court. Professor Finder spoke on the “Coordination Mechanism for Diversified Dispute Resolution: the View from the Bridge.” Philip Yang, and senior judges from Hainan, Guangdong Higher People’s Court, and the Qianhai Cooperation Zone People’s Court shared a session with her.