September 3, 2011
Trade law humor
International trade law is not normally considered a major generator of yuks, but I thought I might pass on this interesting juxtaposition of two articles about China’s appeal of its WTO loss on the issue of export controls. The first one, from Bloomberg, is entitled "China to Appeal WTO Ruling on Raw Material Export Controls", and states (accurately), “A WTO panel said on July 5 that duties and quotas on the export of raw materials violate global trade rules and gave domestic companies an edge.” The article also summarizes (accurately) the positions of the parties as follows: “China said the restrictions are necessary to conserve exhaustible natural resources and ease overproduction and emissions of carbon and sulfur gases from furnaces. The U.S., the EU and Mexico said the curbs discourage the export of materials that are critical for their manufacturers, while keeping them cheaper and readily available in China.”
Apparently the China Daily (a quasi-official PRC paper) did not get the memo. Its recent article reporting on the appeal said, in the very first sentence, “[Chinese] [e]xperts welcomed China's appeal of a ruling by the World Trade Organization (WTO) claiming that the nation imposed restrictions on exports of nine raw materials, saying the move helps protect local industry.” (Emphasis added.)
August 30, 2011
Leitner Center Asian Law and Justice Fellowship
I have received the following announcement:
Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law SchoolThe deadline for applications is January 30, 2012. Applications postmarked after this date will not be considered.
2012 Asia Law and Justice Fellowship
The Asia Law and Justice (ALJ) Program, part of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School (http://www.leitnercenter.org), studies and promotes the rule of law and adherence to basic human rights throughout Asia. The Program does this through research and advocacy projects; conferences, symposia, and panels; capacity-building initiatives, such as exchanges of lawyers, judges, and scholars; and partnerships with NGOs based in the U.S. and Asia. The program’s primary focus has been on rule of law and justice initiatives in China, including the independence of criminal defense lawyers, women’s rights, and the legal status of North Korean refugees in East Asia.
The ALJ Program is administered by a Fellow who is a law school graduate. The Fellow will conduct research and advocacy for the Program; identify new areas for research; work with the Program’s partners; advise students seeking relevant internships and post-graduate employment; coordinate the work of the Committee to Support Chinese Lawyers (http://www.csclawyers.org), an initiative housed in the Program; and manage day-to-day administration, including arranging events and lectures. The Fellow may also teach a seminar at the Law School as a member of the adjunct faculty.
Candidates should hold a J.D. or equivalent, and have a demonstrated interest in international human rights and Asia. The ideal candidate will have some familiarity with Chinese law or legal developments in other parts of Asia; experience in international human rights advocacy as exhibited by past internships, clinical experience in law school, and/or post-graduate human rights experience; and proficiency or fluency in Mandarin Chinese or another regional language.
The Fellowship begins in mid-August 2012, and is a 12-month position with the possibility of an extension for an additional year. The Fellow’s salary is $55,000 and includes benefits.
Applicants should send a statement of interest (including detailed description of your international human rights experience, teaching/mentoring/advising experience, language skills, and how the fellowship will advance your professional goals), a résumé/CV, an official law school transcript, and at least two letters of recommendation in one complete application package by January 30, 2012. The complete application package should be sent to:
“2012 ALJ Fellowship”
Leitner Center for International Law and Justice
Fordham University School of Law
33 West 60th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10023