Saturday, January 27, 2007
Friday, January 26, 2007
In keeping with my policy of plugging good books that readers might not normally run across, I am reproducing a message from Professor Jianfu Chen of the La Trobe University School of Law:
I am very pleased to advise that a very high quality empirical study of environment law enforcement in China is now on-line, free of charge for downloading.
The book is a Phd thesis completed at the Faculty of Law, Leiden University, by Benjamin van Rooij. It is an in-depth study of environmental law enforcement on the basis of many years of fieldwork on the ground. It is also a very high quality socio-legal study with a coherent theoretical framework and evaluation. It is one of the best Phd theses I have read in the last many years. I am sure all of your will enjoy reading it and find it useful in your own study and research.
The thesis is available here; an abstract by the author is at the end of this post.
There's something about environmental law that seems to promote good work in Chinese law. One book I have always liked is Xiaoying Ma & Leonard Ortolano, Environmental Regulation in China: Institutions, Enforcement, and Compliance (2000). Although the authors set out to write a narrowly focused study of the workings of the wastewater discharge permit system, they ended up writing a book full of interesting and important observations about how the Chinese legal system works. (Click here for a review.)
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Last month I posted some initial responses to my request for information from PRC firms interested in having foreign law students as interns. I have since received a few more. For the sake of convenience, I have posted them together with the original post; please check that for a full list.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
The Office of the China Economic Area of the US Department of Commerce presents a webinar on Feb. 8 on civil IP litigation in China. The blurb is as follows:
Please join our experts James V. Feinerman, Professor and Co-Director, Asian Law and Policy Studies Program at Georgetown University Law Center, Bill Huo, Attorney licensed in U.S. and China specializing in IP commercial disputes at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP and Elaine Gin, Attorney-Advisor at U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a discussion on China’s latest legislative developments, an overview of civil litigation in China and best practices for resolving IP disputes in China’s civil courts.
For more information, click here and scroll down to near the bottom of the page.
Monday, January 22, 2007
This is an unsolicited announcement about the Chinese Law and Policy Review, an online journal run by students at the Univ. of Pennsylvania Law School. Its unique claim to fame (of course it no doubt has others) is that it publishes all its articles in both Chinese and English; original submissions may be in either language. For more information, check out its Web site.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
There has been quite a bit of public controversy over the ban on eight books announced several days ago by Wu Shulin, deputy director of the General Administration of Press and Publications, at a meeting of propaganda and publications officials (South China Morning Post story here). One of the banned writers, Zhang Yihe (章诒和, sometimes miswritten 章怡和), then circulated a statement protesting the ban [English | Chinese]. (The graphic shows one of her banned books, Past Stories of Peking Opera Stars.) Now several other public intellectuals have joined in the condemnation, including lawyer Pu Zhiqiang (浦志强), who voices his support for the statements of Sha Yexin (沙叶新) [Chinese | English] and Chen Xiaoya (陈小雅) [Chinese | English].