Category: Upcoming Events

Upcoming Event in DC: China, Law & Jerry Cohen!

By , February 16, 2010

February 19, 2010 from 1:30 pm – 6 pm; George Washington School of Law

Prof. Jerome A. Cohen

Prof. Jerome A. Cohen

Free & Open to the Public
Click here for the event’s flier

The name Jerome A. Cohen is synonymous with the study of Chinese law in the U.S.  Why?  Because the man basically created the field.  Prof. Cohen started studying Chinese law in 1960, while mainland China was in the throes of the Cultural Revolution and no foreigners were allowed in.  Instead of giving up, Prof. Cohen went to Hong Kong and interviewed refugees as they fled the Mainland.  Through his interviews, he was able to gather information on the criminal law under the Communists.  To this day, “The Criminal Process of the People’s Republic of China: 1949-1963” is the only holistic examination of the Chinese criminal law in early Chinese communist history.

In returning to the U.S. and joining the faculty of Harvard Law School, Prof. Cohen founded the first East Asian legal studies program, inviting many Chinese students who would later become important legal reformers including the current President of Taiwan, the former Vice President of Taiwan, the Chief Justice of Taiwan’s highest court, and former dean of Tsinghua University Law School.  After China opened in 1979, Prof. Cohen joined Coudert Brothers and opened the first foreign law office in Beijing.

But Prof. Cohen’s career is more than just writing books and opening offices.  As a pioneer in the field, Prof. Cohen has taught the second, third, and now fourth generation of Chinese legal scholars and has made the field what it is today.  And this year, Prof. Cohen turns…..well, he turns an age where it is respectable to host a conference in his honor so the world can celebrate his achievements.

This Friday, George Washington School of Law and Georgetown Law present a conference in Prof. Cohen’s honor.  Discussing four fields of law that are undergoing significant change in China, the conference will feature powerhouses in the field, many of which are former students and colleagues of Prof. Cohen’s.  Below is the schedule of events.  This event is free and open to the public.  RSVPs are not required but would be appreciated.  Please email

****Prof. Cohen will be in attendance*****


Panel 1 – Google & Freedom of Online Information – 1:45 pm
Sharon Hom, Executive Director, Human Rights in China
Lawrence Liu, Senior Counsel, Congressional Executive Commission on China
Amy Porges, International Attorney, Law Offices of Amelia Porges PLLC
Susan Weld, Adjunct Prof. of Law, Georgetown Law

Panel 2 – Business Law – 2:45 pm
Donald Clarke, Prof. of Law, George Washington School of Law
James Feinerman, Prof. of Law, Georgetown Law
Nicholas C. Howson, Assistant Prof. of Law, University of Michigan Law School

Panel 3 – Human Rights, Civil Society & Criminal Law – 4:00 pm
Xiaorong Li, Research Scholar, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland
Eva Pils, Associate Prof., Faculty of Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Karla Simon, Prof. of Law, Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America
Scot Tanner, China Security Analyst, The CNA Corporation

Panel 4 – International Law – 5:00 pm
Julia Qin, Associate Prof. of Law, Wayne State University Law School
Michael Schlesinger, Attorney, International Intellectual Property Alliance
Timothy Stratford, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for China Affairs, USTR
Alex Wang, Senior Attorney & Dir., China Environmental Law Project, NRDC

Call for Grant Proposals – China Rule-of-Law Projects

By , February 15, 2010

Topic: Rule of Law in Chinaus-china-flag
Deadline: April 1, 2010

The U.S.-China Legal Cooperation Fund provides financial support to projects promoting transparent and equitable legal processes and institutions in China through U.S.-China cooperation.  Since 1999, it has provided more than $1 million in grant funding.

The Fund invites grant proposals for projects fostering the rule of law in China, to be carried out jointly by American and Chinese educational institutions or other non-profit organizations.  Projects should be focused on cooperative efforts in improvement of legal services, protection of legal rights, legal education, legislative and judicial procedures, and other law-related areas.

The deadline for submission of proposals to be considered by the Fund in May 2010 is April 1, 2010.

Further information on the grant application process and on previous grant awards is available at

Upcoming Event in NY: Screening & Discussion of “Petition – The Court of Complaints”

By , February 5, 2010

PetitionScreening & Discussion of the Documentary “Petition: the Court of Complaints

Director: Zhao Liang, China, 2009, 123 min

The film, an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, looks at the lives of petitioners who come to Beijing to visit a government Complaints Office, and who wait for years on end to air grievances against local abuses of justice.

Followed by a discussion with the filmmaker Zhao Liang.

Co-sponsored by NYU’s Department of Cinema Studies (Tisch)

Free & Open to the Public

Date & Time: Saturday, Feb. 6, 1 PM – 5 PM

Location: Cinema Studies Screening Room, 721 Broadway, 6th floor

For more information please email

China Law & Policy Makes Radio Debut

By , January 30, 2010

On Sunday (1/31), China Law & Policy will make its radio debut.   I will be on Ian Masters show, “Background Briefing,” at 3:30 PM EST/12:30 PM PST discussing the international implications of Citizens United.

You can listen live over the web at:

For those of you on in southern California (L.A. area), tune your dial to KPFK 90.7


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