Saturday, July 22, 2006
On July 14th, the PRC central government and the Hong Kong government signed an agreement for the mutual recognition and enforcement of commercial and civil court judgments in certain cases. Essentially, the agreement allows parties to choose PRC or HK courts as they would choose an arbitration organ; it will not result in HK courts enforcing PRC judgments against parties that have not bargained for it. I have previously blogged here and here on this subject (including the interesting differences between this agreement and one signed between the central government and Macau) so I won't go on at length here. Please see below for useful web references discussing this agreement; I recommend the commentary by Graeme Johnson as the most complete.
- Chinese text
- English text
- Commentary by Graeme Johnson of Herbert Smith (July 17, 2006)
- Shanghai Daily article (July 15, 2006)
- China Economic Review article (July 14, 2006)
- China Law Blog analysis (July 13, 2006)
- Legalweek.com article (June 29, 2006)
I have discovered that the HK government has a useful web page for mainland-related legal issues generally at http://www.doj.gov.hk/eng/topical/mainlandlaw.htm#mutuallegal.
Friday, July 21, 2006
I am pleased to forward the following announcement:
The Asian Journal of Comparative Law (AsJCL) is an initiative of the Asian Law Institute, an association of thirteen leading law schools in Asia. The AsJCL is a peer-reviewed journal which is published in both the printed form and the electronic form, the latter by Berkeley Electronic Press (BEPRESS) (website at www.bepress.com/asjcl ). The journal is spearheaded by faculty from the National University of Singapore's Law School and the journal's editorial board comes from top institutions across the Asian-Pacific region and South Asia.
Based in Asia and representing the most prominent Asian legal institutions, The Asian Journal of Comparative Law is the definitive new source for Asian perspectives on the law and legal perspectives on Asia. Articles from Asian scholars with intimate local knowledge offer special insight into the ways that legal solutions are tailored to local culture and circumstance. Comparative law, central to Asian legal scholarship, is defined broadly: recent topics include Korean corporate governance, the political culture of blogging in Malaysia, and Asian discourses on legal education. The Asian Journal of Comparative Law will be an invaluable resource for scholars of comparative and international law, as well as scholars of Asian area studies.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Last September I posted here about the Shandong "barefoot lawyer" Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚). The July 20th issue of the New York Times carries a good article by Joseph Kahn here on his latest travails. For a rather ugly commentary that accuses him of being a traitor in the pay of foreigners, see here.
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
I have received the following announcement:
The Congressional-Executive Commission on China will hold a full Commission hearing entitled "China's WTO Financial Services Commitments: A Commercial Rule of Law Assessment," on Wednesday, July 26 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in Room 124 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. Senator Hagel will preside.
All CECC hearings are open to the public and the press. Members of the public who wish to attend do not need to respond to this message or otherwise register. News media representatives should see the final paragraph of this announcement.
The witnesses are:
Timothy P. Stratford, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China Affairs, Office of the United States Trade Representative
Mark Sobel, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Monetary and Financial Policy, U.S. Department of the Treasury
John Frisbie, President, The US-China Business Council
Pieter Bottelier, Visiting Associate Professor, School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University
Nicholas C. Howson, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School
For news media representatives: If you have no special equipment needs, you do not need to register in advance. If you need special equipment or services (e.g., malt box, audio feed), please contact Emma Ashburn at (202) 226-3831 not later than close of business on Friday, July 21.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
I have been asked to post the following. Please ignore the language about "the enclosed attachment"; I don't have it (I will post it if I get it). Just go to the CECC's web site.
The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) is currently soliciting resumes for fall internships (paid) in Washington D.C., working on Chinese human rights and rule of law issues. Interns must be U.S. citizens.
Applications for fall internships must be received by August 1. Further details are available both in the enclosed attachment and on the Commission's Web site at www.cecc.gov.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to the CECC, preferably via e-mail to Judy Wright, Director of Administration.
Please forward the enclosed attachment to interested students (both undergraduate and graduate), particularly those with strong research and language skills.
Director of Administration