Friday, December 2, 2005
Oops, I did it again, apparently. Something in a previous posting - was it my daring expose of the Beijing company selling lunar real estate? - has attracted the attention of the security authorities and the blocking now seems not intermittent, but permanent and complete. If anyone is reading this in China, please let me know.
Here's the latest from the Dec. 2005-Jan. 2006 Dean's newsletter at the University of Illinois College of Law:
Seven College of Law faculty members will travel to Guangzhou, China from December 3-11 to attend a conference entitled "The Role of Law in Economic Development -- Implications for China in the World," co-sponsored by the University of Illinois College of Law and the Law Faculty of Sun Yat-sen University. Those attending the conference include Professors William Davey, Tom Ginsburg, Jay Kesan, Larry Ribstein, Larry Solum, Charles Tabb, and Cynthia Williams. The relationship between law and economic development has been one of the central concerns of modern social theory and legal scholarship, and is of increasing importance to policy-makers in national governments and multilateral development institutions. It is also a critical issue for China's future, as China seeks continued economic growth while assigning a greater role to law and the legal system in underpinning that growth. The conference is being held as part of Sun Yat Sen University's celebration of the centennial of legal studies in Guangdong.
Thursday, December 1, 2005
The Ministry of Justice recently issued the 2005 list of ministry-level legal research projects approved for funding. A quick review shows that the term 和谐 (hexie: harmony), associated with Hu Jintao's leadership, appears in the title of seven of the 134 approved projects. In the list of 94 projects approved in 2003 (I couldn't find the 2004 list on line), the term does not appear at all.
CORRECTION (4 Dec. 2005): A reader has helpfully pointed me to a web site where all the projects from 2001 to 2005 may be found: lawstudy.gov.cn/project/wangnian/index.asp. The term 三个代表 (sange daibiao: the Three Represents), associated with Jiang Zemin, appears in only one project, in 2001. Hexie (harmony) appears in no projects until 2005, when it appears (as noted above) seven times.