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George Washington University Law School

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

IP position with US Fortune 500 company in Shanghai

Here's the announcement over on Mark Cohen's China IPR blog.

May 7, 2014 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

China-EU School of Law (China) seeks assistant professors with European law degrees

I have received an announcement about positions available at the China-EU School of Law; please click on this link for details. The application deadline is May 10th.

 

 

April 30, 2014 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Job opportunity: lead analyst positions at China Policy

I have received the following announcement of job openings, including one in governance and law, from my friend David Kelly at China Policy. Note that only Chinese nationals can be considered.

China Policy is seeking lead analysts in our key sectors: Economy; Energy, Resources and EnvironmentGovernance and Law, Social Policy and Agriculture Food and Water Security. These positions are well-suited to recent PhDs returning to China for employment. Visa restrictions mean only PRC passport holders can be considered. See our website for job descriptions.

A little bit about CP

China Policy is an evidence-based, knowledge-intensive information and advisory company registered in Beijing and operating worldwide. CP has in a few short years gained a growing client base among government, corporations and international organisations.

Our operations cluster around cp.context, an online research and learning tool. This supports regular publications: cp.leads, which is widely distributed, and cp.briefsand cp.records that are client-only publications The comprehensive policy records appear monthly, with one record for each of our major policy sectors (Governance and Law; Economy; Social Policy; Energy, Resources and Environment and Agriculture Food and Water Security) appearing in sequence weekly.

Staff producing these cutting-edge services all meet professional requirements in relevant disciplines as well as in Chinese and English. Junior staff are for the most part at grad student level, and lead analysts at PhD level or with equivalent work experience in one of the sectors.

April 29, 2014 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Lest we forget

As the 25th anniversary of the June 4th Beijing massacre approaches, let's remember what things looked like in Tiananmen Square on this date (April 27) in 1989:

Tiananmem

April 27, 2014 in Commentary, Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Chen Min (Xiao Shu 笑蜀) to speak at GWU Law School (April 22)

Noted political commentator and former (until fired) Southern Weekend columnist Chen Min, who writes under the pen name Xiao Shu (笑蜀), will speak at George Washington University Law School at 6 p.m. on April 22, 2014. Details are in this flyer. The talk will be webcast here: http://bit.ly/1tbgW5l.

April 16, 2014 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Mike Dowdle on Cai Dingjian

Here's a very nice tribute to the late constitutional law scholar Cai Dingjian by Mike Dowdle of National University of Singapore. (It's at the end of the book review.)

April 16, 2014 in People and Institutions | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

More on the debate over Confucius Institutes

On February 14th I posted what was definitely not a valentine to Confucius Institutes written by University of Chicago anthropologist Marshall Sahlins, as well as a response written by my colleague Ed McCord. Sahlins has now written a rejoinder, and McCord in turn a surrejoinder (I think that's what it's called - if the debate goes on any longer I will run out of vocabulary).

This is an important debate to have. I think Sahlins is right to be concerned, even seriously concerned. If Confucius Institutes did not exist, would anyone not in the Chinese government have proposed them as a model for promoting China studies around the world? At the same time, I know Ed McCord to be a scholar of integrity and sound judgment, who has not hesitated to offend the PRC government in the past when his principles called for it. Both perspectives need to be heard.

April 9, 2014 in Commentary | Permalink | Comments (3)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Chinese law news, Qing Ming Festival edition

Today is Qing Ming Festival, or Tomb-Sweeping Day in China, when one pays respect to the dead. And what better way to introduce today's topic, which is minor property rights in grave sites?

"Minor property rights" (小产权) is the term used to describe the rights you get (or think you get) when you "buy" rural, collectively-owned land. I use quotation marks because you can't actually buy collectively-owned land. You can't even buy a long-term use right to it, the way you can buy a 70-year use right to land for residential use in urban China. But villages purport to sell these rights and urbanites purport to buy them, because they're cheaper than the fully lawful and relatively robust rights you get when you buy urban land. And the developments on minor property rights land can be pretty substantial (see the photo below); we're not talking about tarpaper shacks here.

081100 Picture of Minor Property Right Development in Zhengzhou

Now the media is reporting that minor property rights land is being occupied not just by the living, but by the dead - and for the same reasons. It's getting too expensive to die in China, so people have to find cheaper options. Here are some reports:

April 5, 2014 in Commentary, News - Chinese Law | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

ABA Rule of Law Initiative seeks Law Fellow for Beijing office

I have received the following announcement:

Law Fellow, ABA ROLI China

Location
Beijing, China

Description

ABA ROLI is a non-profit program that implements legal reform initiatives in roughly 60 countries around the world, with nearly 700 professional staff working abroad and in its Washington, D.C. office. ABA ROLI has been working with local partners in China to implement legal reform projects since 1998. The ABA ROLI China program has provided training, supported practical research, supplied technical comparative expertise and facilitated professional exchange relationships between Chinese legal reformers and their counterparts abroad. Local partnership and collaboration lies at the heart of ABA ROLI’s programs, whose partners include China’s judiciary, bar associations, universities, civil society organizations and legal scholars.

Position Summary

The ABA ROLI China Law Fellowship is a one-year, unpaid fellowship that provides recent law school graduates with the opportunity to work with our Beijing-based team to support legal reform initiatives in collaboration with Chinese partners. Law Fellows provide assistance with research, implementation and evaluation of programs, and outreach efforts. Our programs cover a broad range of substantive areas including women’s rights, the rights of the disabled, criminal justice reform, environmental protection, and civil society capacity building. Competitive candidates will have a background in China, experience living and/ or working in China, and will be proficient in Mandarin.

Responsibilities

• Assist with legal research;
• Assist with the design, implementation and evaluation of programs; and
• Assist with the development of outreach materials.

Qualifications

• Must have a JD or equivalent degree
• Excellent analytical, writing, oral communication, and interpersonal skills
• Knowledge of China, including the legal system and the current political and cultural context
• Fluency in English required and proficiency in Chinese (Mandarin) preferred

Interested individuals should send a brief (1-2 pages maximum) cover letter, CV, and 2 references in English by email to Ms. Winona Qi at: office@abarolichina.org.

Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. ABA-ROLI will contact only those candidates whom it selects for interviews.

April 2, 2014 in Fellowships/Research Opportunities, Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0)

ABA Rule of Law Initiative: Internship opening, Beijing office

I have received the following announcement:

ABA Rule of Law Initiative

INTERNSHIP OPENING
BEIJING OFFICE
Summer and Fall 2014

Description:
The American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative seeks candidates to work as legal interns on a variety of legal assistance projects being implemented from the Beijing program office of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative.

The ABA Rule of Law Initiative China Program is a public service project that provides technical assistance in support of justice reforms and capacity building. ABA’s program office in Beijing, with support from Washington, D.C.-based staff, supports a variety of legal reforms and legal training projects in China, in partnership with Chinese civil society organizations, universities, and law professionals. Interns will have the opportunity to meet and support the work of Chinese civil society advocates and public interest lawyers.

Responsibilities:
Legal interns will report to Program Managers and assist with program implementation in one or more program areas, including environmental protection, criminal justice, civil society development and intellectual property rights. Work duties of the legal interns will include:

• Monitoring program progress and assisting Program Managers in implementing and reporting on programs;
• Monitoring new developments and current events related to issues in the media, social networks, and other information outlets;
• Researching and writing on legal issues and current events;
• Reviewing and organizing relevant resource materials in ABA program library;
• Translating program documents and news articles between Chinese and English;
• Accompanying foreign visitor experts in China and assisting with communications through informal interpretation; and
• General administrative assistance including: assisting with event preparations and implementation, and other administrative assistance to ABA staff as needed.

Qualifications:
• Candidate for B.A. or Masters/ JD in Law or related field;
• Fluency in both spoken and written Mandarin and English;
• Strong sense of responsibility and ability to work independently;
• Excellent communication skills;
• Professional demeanor; and
• Experience in a bilingual work environment or an international NGO is a plus

Internships will be part-time with a minimum commitment for the summer holiday break or the fall academic semester. Flexible working hours are anticipated. Interns will receive a small stipend.

Interested candidates should send a brief (1-2 pages maximum) cover letter indicating their experience and interest in legal development activities in China, their available dates, and their resume in English by email to Ms. Winona Qi at: office@abarolichina.org.

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

April 2, 2014 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Environmental Defense Fund seeks Senior Policy Director for China

The post will remain open until filled, so interested persons should apply as soon as possible. The job announcement is attached here. According to the job announcement, the location is "ideally" Washington, DC.

April 1, 2014 in Current Affairs, Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Talk at GWU Law School by Prof. SHEN Wei on local government debt

Prof. SHEN Wei of Shanghai Jiaotong University Law School will give a talk at GW Law School this Thursday evening. The topic is "Understanding China's Local Government Debt Crisis: Causes and Solutions (or No Way Out?)". Click here for a flyer and a bio of Prof. Shen. The talk will be recorded and webcast live; here's the link for the webcast.

Date: April 3

Time: 6 p.m.

Place: Room 402, Lerner Hall, 2000 H St. NW, Washington, DC (Lerner Hall is where you are when you enter the law school at the 2000 H St. entrance).

March 30, 2014 in Conferences, News - Chinese Law, People and Institutions | Permalink | Comments (1)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Job opening: USPTO China team attorney advisor

Thanks to Mark Cohen at the China IPR blog for posting. Here's the link to his post, which contains further necessary links.

March 19, 2014 in Internships/Employment Opportunities | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Pershing Square, Herbalife, and Chinese law

Herbalife

You have to be impressed with Pershing Square's PR operation. Those who don't read the business section might still have heard of William Ackman and his hedge fund Pershing Square's campaign against Herbalife, as it was the top story on the front page of today's New York Times. Ackman has a huge short position in Herbalife and is trying to talk down its stock by saying it's a pyramid operation. (I report this simply as a fact and express no opinion on whether Ackman's allegations are true.)

Today I received an email from someone at the Global Strategy Group, a PR firm, alerting me to a webcast Pershing Square is putting on tomorrow. The webcast will charge that Herbalife's operations in China violate Chinese law, presumably because of their alleged pyramidal nature. (My recollection is that China passed a law prohibiting pyramid sales structures after some early bad experiences in the 1980s or 90s, but I don't have the details at my fingertips.) I don't plan on watching the webcast and (since I don't have an opinion on the merits) it's not really my job to provide publicity for one side in this dispute, so I'm not going to provide the link here. But at a time when China is cracking down disproportionately on foreign firms, it will be interesting to see if Pershing Square manages to stir up some official action in China against Herbalife.

March 10, 2014 in News - Chinese Law, News - Miscellaneous | Permalink | Comments (0)

Supreme People's Court Work Report to the National People's Congress

Here's the full text of the report on the China Law Translate site, where it's in the process of being translated. Click on the "Select Language" button on the right of the screen to ensure you're getting the version you want (i.e., Chinese or in-process English translation).

March 10, 2014 in News - Chinese Law, Publications | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, February 14, 2014

"A Constitution Without Constitutionalism?" Talk by Prof. Zhang Qianfan of Peking Univ. Law Faculty

As announced earlier, Prof. Zhang delivered this talk at GWU Law School last Wednesday; here's the URL to a very nicely produced recording. Many thanks to our AV department!

February 14, 2014 in Commentary, People and Institutions | Permalink | Comments (0)

Confucius Institutes in US universities: two views

Confucius Institutes, which are part of the Chinese government's soft power efforts, have been in the news recently (at least in the academic community) following this blast last fall by the noted University of Chicago anthropologist Marshall Sahlins. I recommend it.

At the same time, I also recommend this recent and very cogent response by my GWU colleague Ed McCord, which he has kindly consented to have me post here. It's must reading for anyone who wants to have a fully informed view.

[Feb. 16: Replaced earlier version of McCord piece with a later, slightly modified version.]

February 14, 2014 in Commentary, People and Institutions | Permalink | Comments (2)

English translation of Xu Zhiyong verdict now available

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Jeffrey Bader on the Nine-Dash Line

Here's a good piece by Jeff Bader of Brookings on the Obama administration's recent explicit rejection of China's "nine-dash line" as the basis for maritime claims.

If you want to dig deeper, here’s a good relevant resource put together by OUP: http://opil.ouplaw.com/page/222/debate-map-disputes-in-the-south-and-east-china-seas. They call it a "debate map" for the East China Sea and the South China Sea controversies. It breaks down the issues and provides links to various official sources and commentary relevant to each.

February 11, 2014 in Commentary | Permalink | Comments (0)

Zhang Qianfan talk at GWU Law School: live webcast

I posted yesterday about Prof. Zhang's upcoming talk at GWU Law School (Feb. 12th, 6 p.m. EST); here's the URL to the live webcastThe talk will also be recorded and made available on line; URL to be announced.

[Post slightly edited and URL changed after initial posting.]

February 11, 2014 in Commentary, People and Institutions | Permalink | Comments (0)