Saturday, October 14, 2006
I have been asked to post the following announcement:
The Institute for Sustainable Communities, a non-profit organization, based in Vermont seeks a consultant to assist in developing an environmental management program for small and medium enterprises in China. The consultant must be fluent in Chinese and English, have a background in environmental management, and experience living or working in China. The consultant may be based in China or the U.S.
For further details and the complete job announcement, click here.
I previously blogged here and here about Wal-Mart's unionized Chinese store. Anita Chan of Australian National University, whom I quoted in the first post, has now published a longer article on this subject at YaleGlobal Online.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
The China Law Blog has a great story about the amazingly dumb things some people will do when doing business in China - in this case (among other follies) signing a joint venture contract drafted by the other side's lawyer without having it reviewed by your own counsel because the other side assured them "it was not necessary".
It reminds me of my impression when reading Tim Clissold's excellent book, Mr. China, about how he and his partner lost half a billion dollars in China. I can't guarantee that the word "lawyer" does not appear a single time in the book, but it's certainly true that a number of their mistakes - for example, not checking to see whether their joint venture partner really had title to the land it said it was contributing - could easily have been avoided had they thought to consult with any one of the many law firms familiar with the China business scene. It's not as though they didn't have enough money. To his credit - and this is one reason why I like the book - Clissold is a generous-spirited fellow who does not simply blame the crafty Chinese for his business failures, and recognizes that he and his partner made mistakes.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Monday, October 9, 2006
Vermont Law School – Sun Yat-sen University Partnership for Environmental Law in China seeks program administrator
The job description is attached here. Please note the following:
The successful applicant must be fluent in Chinese (Mandarin) (both in speaking and in writing) and be available to travel to China for periods ranging from one to two weeks at a time. A bachelor’s degree (or higher degree) is required and must be coupled with study or work experience in international studies, environmental law and policy, energy policy, and/or Chinese history or culture. Candidates with formal legal training and experience in any related fields will be preferred. The Program Administrator will be based at Vermont Law School. Funding for this position is supported by the USAID grant and will provide salary and benefits for the three year term of the grant. Optimally, the successful candidate will be able to commit to working with the program for the entire three year term of the grant.
Sunday, October 8, 2006
At last August's annual meeting of the ABA, the Section on International Law had a panel on doing business in China. The materials from that panel are now available here. In addition to bios of the panel, the materials include the following (thanks to Yee Wah Chin for providing this):
1 - greg s. slater's slides, "doing business in china: insights from an
2 - ronald c. brown's slides, "doing business in china: labor and
3 - ronald c. brown's paper, "doing business in china: labor and
4 - ronald c. brown's paper, "china's employment discrimination laws
during economic transition", 19:2 columbia journal of asian law 361
5 - ronald c. brown's paper, "china's collective contract provisions:
can collective negotiations embody collective bargaining?" 16 duke
journal of comparative & international law 35 (2006)
6 - h. stephen harris, jr.'s slides, "the pending china anti-monopoly
7 - elizabeth chien-hale's slides, "intellectual property concerns for
doing business in china"
8 - judge zhonglin he's slides, "protection of intellectual property
rights in china"
9 - judge zhonglin he's paper, "judicial protection of intellectual
property rights in china"
12 - yee wah chin's draft paper dated june 23, 2006, "for china and
other transitional economies: competition law lessons learned in 115
11 - yee wah chin's paper dated july 24, 2006, "thoughts on some
challenges in implementing china's anti-monopoly law"
12 - paul jones's forthcoming paper on "franchising in china: judicial
and legislative update", international journal of franchising law
Many people wonder how to get into a law practice that focuses on China. Here are some recent postings on the subject: