Saturday, March 24, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
I have received the following announcement:
Paul Hastings Beijing seeks qualified candidates to work with non-native English speakers to edit legal documents, instruct on legal-English matters and serve as a resource for general legal assistance.
As much as possible candidates should be native English speakers, possess Anglo-American legal education and have knowledge of written Chinese.
Monday, March 19, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
I recently received the following announcement:
Search for Dean of School of Law
City University of Hong Kong is searching for a suitable candidate to serve as Dean of School of Law. The Dean will play a pivotal role in the management of resources and in academic development and quality control. The University has set up a Search Group to search for suitable candidates for the position. The University welcomes applications and nominations.
You are cordially invited to make nominations or pass on the information to suitable candidates. Please refer to the enclosed circular [Word | PDF] for details. Candidates are requested to provide to the Search Group a current curriculum vitae and a statement on suitability and vision to serve as Dean. The screening process will start by 16 April 2007.
For nominations and enquiries, please contact Ms. Angela KWOK, Secretary to the Search Group (Tel: 852-2788 9248 or email email@example.com).
Friday, March 16, 2007
The National People's Congress on March 16th passed the Enterprise Income Tax Law. The law accomplishes the long-awaited unification of tax treatment of foreign-invested and domestic enterprises, although in steps and with exceptions. Here's an article about it in the China Daily.
I'll post the text of the law as soon as it's available.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
I am posting the following at the request of Prof. Pat Randolph of the University of Missouri at Kansas City:
We will hire an non-tenure track instructor who will assist in the development of a number of course offerings for our foreign LLM programs, almost all of which are from mainland China. Next year we will have 14 such students, and are aiming for 20 foreign LLM's (again, mostly from China) in the future.
The job will involve a renewable twelve month contract, and the person will be expected to start at least by early July. Compensation will be at the instructor level - and will be negotiated based upon the applicant's qualifications. Although this is not a "tenure track" position, the school is willing to provide reasonable research support for candidates with an interest in research. Although I presently have the title of Director of Chinese programs, and the candidate would have the title of Associate Director, it is anticipated that I will retire at some point (I'm 62) and the Associate will be a candidate for the Directorship. The law school also conducts a summer school program for Western law students at Peking University, and there may be some opportunity to travel to Beijing in relation in early summer months in connection with that program or other law school initiatives.
Monday, March 5, 2007
Here's an interesting article by Mark Magnier of the L.A. Times suggesting that reforms may be enacted in this month's NPC session. The article cites among other things an editorial from the China Daily earlier this month that refers to the system as a "legal black hole."
Some are worried that abolition of re-education through labor will just mean that people end up in the formal criminal justice system with heavier punishments. For various reasons, I don't find this especially plausible. Among other things, although courts and police are, politically speaking, under common leadership, having police decisions reviewed by courts is still not the same as having them reviewed by nobody. One very real danger of getting rid of re-education through labor without parallel reforms elsewhere in the system, however, is that arbitrary detention will just resurface in those unreformed areas: in this case, in the unregulated system of detention for alleged mental illness, already ably written about by Robin Munro.
Friday, March 2, 2007
Job opportunity: Research Assistant Professor in Chinese Civil and Commercial Law, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong
Here's a very attractive job opportunity: an assistant professorship in Chinese civil and commercial law at the University of Hong Kong's Faculty of Law with an explicit focus on research and a correspondingly reduced teaching load. Note that although the job announcement says the closing date for applications in January 31, in fact the job is still open. (I was out at the HKU Faculty of Law yesterday and was told this.) But who knows how long it will stay that way? Remember what the Chairman said: 一万年太久,只争朝夕!