Chinese Law Prof Blog

Editor: Donald C. Clarke
George Washington University Law School

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Chinese law conference at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

The above conference was held on Feb. 25th, 2009. Here's the conference web site; there's a program and video recording available there.

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Chinese law events honoring Jerome Cohen

As Prof. Cohen, one of the founders of Chinese law studies in the United States, will be celebrating his 80th birthday this July 1st, the Chinese law community has been planning various events in his honor. Most recently, on Feb. 19th the George Washington University Law School and Georgetown University Law Center jointly put on an afternoon conference in Washington, DC. The program is here; videos of the proceedings will be available shortly.

Later this month, the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii will be holding a series of events from March 15th through 18th. Here are two informational flyers: an overview and a panel discussion program. The panel discussion will be recorded and made available on line.

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

China-US legal information conference in Beijing

It's happening on May 27-30. More information here.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Conference in Beijing: The Role of Experiential Education in Chinese Law Schools

I have been asked to post the following announcement:


The Role of Experiential Education in Chinese Law Schools
January 17-18, 2009

The University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in conjunction with the China University of Political Science and Law, invites you to a two-day conference of legal educators from China and the United States, examining the role of experiential education in Chinese law schools.

This conference is part of a U.S. Agency for International Development sponsored partnership between the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and American University, Washington College of Law, China University of Political Science and Law, South China University of Technology, Zhejiang Gongshang University, and Committee of Chinese Clinical Legal Educators, for training Chinese law professors in experiential education techniques.

This two-day conference will take place at the Haidian Campus of China University of Political Science and Law, in Beijing, China.  It will describe the program to date, demonstrate techniques that Chinese law professors have adopted, provide curricular material, and discuss the future of experiential education in Chinese law schools.  Exciting featured presentations from our Chinese partners will be presented about how they have incorporated experiential education into their curricula, as well as reflections by American participants in the program. 

For additional information or to rsvp, please email

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Call for Papers: Asian Society of International Law

I have been asked to post the following announcement:

Call for papers: Second Biennial General Conference of the Asian Society of
International Law (Tokyo, 1-2 August 2009)

The Second Biennial General Conference of the Asian Society of International
Law (following its inaugural conference in Singapore in 2007) will take up
the important issue of Asia's relationship with the international legal
order under the main theme of "International Law in a Multi-polar and
Multi-civilizational World - Asian Perspectives, Challenges and
Contributions." The Organizing Committee cordially invites paper proposals
and/or submissions for the event which will be held on 1-2 August 2009 at
the University of Tokyo, Japan. The deadline for panel proposals is 31
December 2008; the deadline for papers for "regular" panels is 31 January
2009; and the deadline for discussant papers in the plenary session and
agorae papers is 28 February 2009.

Please visit the following website for details of the Tokyo Conference 2009.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Call for papers: The role of law in the EU and China

I have received the following announcement:


The role of law in the EU and China

The establishment of the China-EU School of Law (CESL) was approved in the autumn of this year. Based in Beijing at the China University of Political Science and Law and supported by a large consortium consisting of 16 European universities under the leadership of the University of Hamburg the CESL will become a center for excellence in legal education, professional training, research and consultancy.

The CESL invites abstracts of paper proposals of approximately 1,500 words, along with abrief CV, for a workshop to be held over the course of two full days on January 10 and 11, 2009 in Beijing, PR China, in order to discuss the development of future research to beconducted at the CESL.

The CESL therefore calls for papers from scholars who can contribute with original research from either the European or Chinese perspective.

Contributions should cover one or more of the following aspects of the role of law in the EU and China:

o Legal and administrative transformation in China

o China and Europe in a globalizing world

o Legal theory, law and culture, and other general aspects of law

The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2008. Participants will be informed of their acceptance by December 15, 2008. Participants will be expected to provide complete copies of their papers, which should be approximately 10,000 words, in electronic form by January 6, 2008. Preferred format is MS Word.

Please submit proposals as an email attachment to Daniela Janicke, European Manager at the CESL (

See the CESL website for further details:

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

China Colloquium, Fordham Law School, Oct. 3, 2008

I have received the following announcement:

On Friday October 3, 2008, the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics and the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School will present a full-day colloquium on the Rule of Law and Human Rights in China. This is an invitational program to be attended by academics, lawyers, members of the diplomatic community, and other experts on human rights, civil society, and the rule of law in China. It will consider these issues in light of the impact of the Olympics, as well as prospects for moving forward in a post-Olympics China. Principal speakers will open each panel with their remarks, followed by a moderated discussion for all attendees.

RSVP to the colloquium is required. Please contact Elisabeth Wickeri at if you are interested in attending.

Thank you,

Elisabeth Wickeri
Leitner Center for International Law and Justice
Fordham Law School | 33 West 60th Street | 2nd Floor | New York, NY 10023

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Monday, September 15, 2008

UCLA conference on US-China business law, Oct. 24, 2008

There will be a conference on US-China business law on Oct. 24, 2008 at UCLA School of Law. For more information, click here.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Conference on Chinese criminal law, Germany, 8-12 October 2008

A conference entitled "Chinese Criminal Law System in Socio‐Cultural Context" will be held at University of Wuerzburg in Germany from Oct. 8th to 12th. Among the speakers will be He Weifang. A copy of the program in English is here; I'm told that most of the presentations will be in German, however.

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Friday, April 25, 2008

New York City program on judicial reform in China, May 13, 2008

J. Clifford Wallace, Senior Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, will speak and lead a discussion on judicial reform in China at Jones Day's New York office on May 13. More information here.

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Chinese law-related presentations at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting

Here's a list (possibly incomplete), courtesy of Neysun Mahboubi, of China-related presentations at the upcoming annual meeting in Montreal of the Law and Society Association:

Thursday 12:30 - 2:15 pm 1310 Death and Other Penalties 1310
        conference RM 10 Chia-Wen Lee, National Cheng-Kung University Understanding Capital Punishment in Taiwan

Thursday 2:30 - 4:15 pm 1407 CRN33 East Asian Law and Society--Law and Human Rights and Social Movements in East Asia 1407
        conference RM 07 Holning Lau, Hofstra University Economic Arguments for Human Rights: The Case of Sexual Orientation Rights

Friday 10:15 - 12:00 pm 2206 The Roles and Perceptions of Crime Victims in National and International Settings 2206
        conference RM 06 George Zheng, University of Hong Hong Which Kind of Party? The Role of Crime Victims in the Criminal Procedure in China

Friday 10:15 - 12:00 pm 2212 CRN33 East Asian Law and Society--Theoretical Issues in East Asian Law and Politics 2212
        conference RM 12 Simon-Hoey Lee, Tsinghua University The Chinese Way of "Market" Reform in Search: A Study from the Property Law Legislature

Friday 10:15 - 12:00 pm 2226 Globalization, Crime, and Human Rights 2226
        conference RM 26 Patrick Keenan, University of Illinois China, Africa, and Human Rights: A Theory of Wealth and Conditions

Friday 10:15 - 12:00 pm 2228 Legal Pluralism as Mediation between Traditional and Modern Legal Cultures 2228
        conference RM 28  Qinglan Long, University of Hong Kong Relevancy between Corporations and Clans: Ideologies behind Comparative Law

Friday 10:15 - 12:00 pm 2229 Empirical Research on Cause Lawyers in the U.S. and Asia 2229
        conference RM 29 1. Sida Liu, University of Chicago and Terence Halliday, American BarFoundation Dancing Handcuffed in a Mine Field: Survival Strategies of Defense Lawyers in China's Legal Complex 2. Waikeung Tam, University of Chicago The Rise of Liberal Cause Lawyering in Hong Kong: Roles, Opportunities, and Constraints

Friday 12:30 - 2:15 pm 2311 Managing Health as a Public Good: Risks, Panics, and Accountabilities 2311
        conference RM 11 Wei-Hong Wang, National Taiwan Normal University A Comparative Study on Human Right Protection in the Post-SARS Public Health Laws in Taiwan and China

Friday 2:30 - 4:15 pm 2406 CRN33 East Asian Law and Society--Police, Confessions, and Criminal Justice in East Asia 2406
        conference RM 06 Li Chen, Columbia University History and Politics of China's Legal Reform in Summary Criminal Procedures, 1997-2007

Friday 4:30 - 6:15 pm 2513 Roundtable: The Role of Law in Contemporary Russia and China--A Comparative Approach 2513
        conference RM 13 Mary E. Gallagher, University of Michigan Participant Randall Peerenboom, Foundation for Law Justice and Society Participant

Saturday 2:30 - 4:15 pm 3415 CRN33 East Asian Law and Society--Roundtable--Gender and Law in East Asia 3415
        conference RM 15 Xiaonan Liu, China University of Political Science and Law Participant

Saturday 4:30 - 6:15 pm 3504 CRN33 East Asian Law and Society--Transformation of Professional Legal Education in East Asia 3504
        conference RM 04 Richard Wu, University of Hong Kong Significance of Professional Legal Education Reform in Hong Kong to Practical Skill Training in Chinese Law Schools: A Critical Assessment

Saturday 4:30 - 6:15 pm 3510 CRN24 Rule of Law, State Building, and Transition--Regulatory Perspectives on the Rule of Law 3510
        conference RM 10 Michael W. Dowdle, Institut d'études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) China and the Post-Regulatory State

Sunday 8:15 - 10:00 am 4103 CRN24 Rule of Law, State Building, and Transition--The Post-Developmental State 4103
        conference RM 03 Michael W. Dowdle, Institut d'études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) Chair/Discussant 1. Fuyong Chen, Tsinghua University / UC Berkeley Striving for Independence, Competence, and Fairness: A Case Study of Beijing Arbitration Commission 2. Yue Niu, University of Hong Kong The HKSAR Basic Law and Universal Suffrage for the Legislative Council

Sunday 8:15 - 10:00 am 4117 New Forms of Property: Legal and Economic Consequences 4117
        conference RM 17 Haiyan Liu, Indiana University Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement and Criminalization in the US, Taiwan and Mainland, China

Sunday 8:15 - 10:00 am 4123 Symbolic and Legal Effects of Courts in Political Change and Transitions 4123
        conference RM 23 Neysun Mahboubi, Yale University Suing Government in China

Sunday 10:15 - 12:00 pm 4204 CRN33 East Asian Law and Society--Women in Law and Legal Education in East Asia 4204
        conference RM 04 Xiaonan Liu, China University of Political Science and Law Getting Away from Private Sphere: Women in Legal Education and Profession

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Saturday, March 8, 2008

China-related sessions at the ABA's spring meeting

There are a number of China-related sessions at the upcoming spring meeting of the ABA (April 1-5). To see them, go here and then just search the page for occurrences of the word "China".

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Yale J. Int'l L. seeks papers by JD students

I have been asked to post the following announcement. Apparently papers on China are considered "international law" and thus welcome.


Deadline: December 10, 2007

The Yale Journal of International Law (YJIL) is accepting submissions
for its Young Scholars' Conference, which will take place on March 1,
2008. The Conference aims to encourage scholarship in international
law among current J.D. students by giving them an opportunity to
present a paper and receive feedback from distinguished professors in
the field. The Conference will include panel presentations of student
scholarship, a roundtable discussion on careers in legal academia, a
keynote address, and a closing dinner. Two of the papers presented at
the Conference will be selected for publication in YJIL. Support for
the Conference has been provided by the Oscar M. Ruebhausen '37 Fund.

YJIL will accept papers of no more than 15,000 words (including
footnotes) on topics in international law from current J.D. students.
Papers that have previously been published will not be considered.
Presenters must be able to travel to New Haven, CT, for a full day of
events on March 1, 2008. YJIL will provide presenting students with
accommodations and cover up to $200 of their conference-related travel

Submissions, accompanied by author's c.v., should be sent to

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

DOC webinar on civil IP litigation in China, Feb. 8

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.

January 23, 2007 in Conferences, News - Miscellaneous | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Call for papers: conference of the European Association for China Law Studies

Here is an edited version of an announcement I recently received:

The Second Conference of the European Association for China Law Studies is bringing together legal scholars from Europe and other countries around the world.  This conference series will serve as a meeting point for the research and teaching of Chinese law, an informational exchange among those involved in organizing China law studies, and a forum for developing individual research projects.

Authors are invited to submit abstracts before January 15, 2007.  The abstracts should be submitted as an email attachment sent to Dr. Knut Benjamin Pißler (Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg/Germany, or to Professor Christiane Wendehorst (Sino German Institute for Legal Studies, University of Göttingen/Germany, The preferred format is MS Word.

The abstract should include:
- the title of the paper,
- full names of the author(s), their institutions, and email of the corresponding author,
- up to one page of text summarising the main contents of the proposed paper.

Authors will be informed of the paper’s acceptance before  February 1, 2007. Camera-ready papers (not exceeding 10 pages) are due by July 1, 2007.

The full-length papers presented at the conference will be published.

For more information, click here.

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Monday, November 20, 2006

U.S.-China Legal Exchange and Roundtable

I have received the following announcement:

The U.S. Commercial Service at the Department of Commerce is sponsoring a U.S.-China Legal Exchange and Roundtable focusing on developments in China's draft Antimonopoly Law and Partnership Law.  The Exchange features:

  • Vice Minister Zhang Qiong, State Council Legal Affairs Office (SCLAO)
  • Vice Minister Ma Xiuhong, Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM)
  • John Sullivan, General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Other representatives of MOFCOM, SCLAO, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Justice, and the Federal Trade Commission
  • Local legal experts

The Exchange will take place in the following cities on these dates:

  • Seattle, WA - December 1
  • Cleveland, OH - December 5
  • Washington, DC - December 8

Registration forms and more information can be found here.  Please note that registration is limited and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Sunday, November 5, 2006

CECC roundtable on "China's National and Local Regulations on Religion"

I have received an announcement from the CECC (slightly edited) as follows:

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China will hold another in its series of staff-led Issues Roundtables, entitled "China's National and Local Regulations on Religion: Recent Developments in Legislation and Implementation," on Monday, November 20, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Room 2200 of the Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, DC.  All CECC hearings and Issues Roundtables are open to the public and the press.

On March 1, 2005, the State Council's Regulation on Religious Affairs (RRA) entered into force, representing the first comprehensive national regulation devoted to religious issues.  This Roundtable examines the interplay between the national RRA and local regulations and discusses the practical impact of such regulations on freedom of religion in China. 

The panelists are:

  • Eric R. Carlson, Attorney, Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, D.C. and  a Fellow of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University.
  • Bob (Xiqiu) Fu, President, China Aid Association, Midland, Texas.
  • James W. Tong, Associate Professor of Comparative Politics, University of California-Los Angeles, and Editor of the journal Chinese Law and Government, Los Angeles, California.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Asian Society of International Law, inaugural conference, April 7-9, 2007: Call for papers

The above conference will be held at the National University of Singapore. Click here for more information.

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Sunday, October 8, 2006

Materials from Aug. 2006 ABA panel on doing business in China

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
in-house perspective"
2 - ronald c. brown's slides, "doing business in china: labor and
employment issues"
3 - ronald c. brown's paper, "doing business in china: labor and
employment issues"
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

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Friday, October 6, 2006

Conference on China's financial markets, Oct. 12, New York

I recently received the following conference notice:

China's Financial Markets V
Co-organized with O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Date: October 12th
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: The Pierre, Fifth Avenue at 61st Street, NYC
Cost: $200 members; $300 nonmembers; students $100
Phone: 212-517-ASIA

Keynote addresses by:
Dr. Harry Harding, Director, Research & Analysis, Eurasia Group
Catherine Kinney, President and Co-COO, New York Stock Exchange
Anthony Walton, Vice-Chairman, The Americas, Standard Chartered Bank

Confirmed Speakers:
Fan Bao, Chief Executive Officer, China Renaissance
Kurt Berney, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers
Howard Chao, Asia Practice Chair, O’Melveny & Myers
Wei Christianson, Chief Executive Officer, China, Morgan Stanley
Henry Cornell, Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Robert Delamater, Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell
Lonnie Dounn, Chief Credit Officer, Bank of China
Stephen Green, Senior Economist, Standard Chartered Bank
Nicholas Lardy, Senior Fellow, Institute for International Economics
Qingyuan Li, Senior Researcher, China Securities Regulatory Commission
Richard McGregor, China Bureau Chief, Financial Times
Henny Sender, Senior Special Writer, Wall Street Journal
Stefanie Starna, Partner, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu
Jing Ulrich, Chairman, China Equities, J.P. Morgan
Anthony Walton, Vice-Chairman, The Americas, Standard Chartered Bank
Jeff Williams, Former President, Shenzhen Development Bank
Victor Gao, General Counsel, China National Offshore Oil Corporation (invited)

Panel 1: Developments in China’s Banking System
• What is the outlook for China’s banking industry?
• Will a market-driven financial sector evolve?
• Are NPLs a serious continuing problem?
• Has the role of the regulators changed?
• What has been the impact of the mega-IPOs by Chinese banks and will these banks emerge as international competitors?
• What role will strategic foreign investors play with Chinese banks?

Panel 2: China’s Domestic Capital Markets
• Will G share reform improve the outlook for China’s A share market in the short and long run?
• How do the G share reforms work? Which companies have been through the reforms and when will the process be complete?
• How will A share markets be impacted by QFII investors or the new policy permitting strategic investors?
• Will the corporate debt market expand through the recent experimentation with bond issuances and securitization?
• The re-emergence of domestic IPOs -- how big an impact will they make and will they really compete with offshore IPOs?
• What is the outlook for Chinese domestic securities firms and will they globalize?
• How are the foreign JV securities firms faring?
• What role has the CSRC played in recent policy and share reforms?

Panel 3: Overseas Listings by Chinese Companies
• What does the pipeline of Chinese overseas listings look like? What sectors and types of companies are hot?
• How important are Chinese IPOs to the global investment banking community?
• Why have many Chinese companies declined to list in the U.S.?
• Will China listings drive the Hong Kong Stock Exchange to the top tier of the international financial markets?
• What is the impact of the G share reforms and re-emergence of listings on Chinese domestic exchanges?
• What will be the impact of the very recent rules requiring CSRC approval for many “red chip” listings? Will we see more H share (Chinese incorporated company) offerings?
• How have Chinese listings performed around the world?

Panel 4: The Rise of M&A in China
• Both strategic and financial investors are eager to acquire Chinese assets, in the face of regulatory complexity, strong competition for good deals, and a government seemingly less eager for foreign investment. Why?
• What sectors are the most attractive? What kinds of companies -- SOEs, private companies, foreign invested companies, domestically listed companies?
• Will the new rules permitting foreign “strategic investors” to buy shares on the A share market encourage foreigners to take stakes in Chinese listed companies?
• The new M&A regulations appear to refocus approval authority for many deals in Beijing, where provincial level approvals had previously been sufficient. What will be the impact on foreign acquisitions?
• Are PE funds being targeted for greater scrutiny?
• Approvals have been held up for several high profile acquisitions. Has the Chinese government started to worry about allowing foreigners to buy China’s “crown jewel” companies?

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