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STL PILF First Public Interest Auction raises over 81,000 RMB

On April 19 2014, STL PILF hosted the First Annual Public Interest Auction on campus at the Peking University School of Transnational Law, Shenzhen. The Auction was the first event of its kind for a Chinese law school and was supported by many public interest law organizations from mainland China and Hong Kong. It is an annual fundraiser to support various public interest law events and Summer Internship Grants at STL. The Summer Internship Grants helps subsidize STL students who choose to devote their summers to public interest work. All monies donated will contribute to PILF to support these programs.

STL Students’ Union Second Board Meeting

Students' Union Second Board Meeting

April 7, 2014, the 2rd STL Students’ Union (STLSU) board meeting was held in B218. The Presidium, the Directors of each department and delegates of members presented the meeting.

Chen Zhengliang, the Vice President of STLSU, first reported the summary of works in last semester. STLSU did a great job in the last semester. The Halloween Party has become one of the biggest celebrations for the whole Peking University Shenzhen campus. In addition, the STL Annual Cocktail Party which was co-organized by STLSU was of great success. Both the guests and the students had a memorable night in STL. With the effort of STLSU, a new platform which facilitate the communication between the school and the student, which is the Dean’s Meeting, has been created. Under this platform, many valuable suggestions from students had contributed to the development of the school.

Li Hang, the President of STLSU, then introduced the upcoming events for this semester. Besides the traditional events like Supper Clubs and experience sharing seminars, there are fresh events under planning, e.g. the Dean’s Cup Basketball Competition and the STL Annual Public Interest Auction.

Song Daoping, the Vice President of STLSU, finally started a discussion on the current challenges for STLSU. He hosted the reflections on several topics. After the brainstorming, some valuable suggestions were made from the members and it is believed that more improvements are coming to make STLSU a more efficient organization which best serves the students.

(Reported by WU Guanhua)

The Chinese Bar Examination Seminar Was Held

April 4 2014, the Chinese bar examination seminar was held by STL Students’ Union in B218. As known to all students, the Chinese bar is of great importance for the future practice in China. The students who have passed Chinese bar exam last year were invited to introduce their preparation methods, time management, and other tips for the exam.

The panel first gave a brief introduction about themselves, notifying that the preparation is quite personalized, it is better to be selective for these suggestions. They detailed their own preparation experience subject by subject. Most of them mentioned the importance of time management and hard-working.

The Students’ Union is devoted to benefit the students and represent the best interest of the students. This seminar meets the needs of the student and provides the ideal platform for the communication between STL students.

(Reported by SUN Juanshan;Photo by SUN Juanshan)

Public Lecture: The Relationship Between Public Courts and Private Arbitration: Complementary or Competitive? By Judge D. Brooks Smith and Professor Jack Coe

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Lecture details

Thursday, April 3, 2014
4:30pm – 6:00pm
C303, PKU Shenzhen

D. Brooks Smith has been a federal judge for more than 25 years. He serves as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, having been appointed to that court in September of 2002. Prior to his elevation to the Third Circuit, Judge Smith was the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He joined the District Court in November of 1988, and in his first years of service, supervised the opening of both a temporary court facility in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and the permanent District Court quarters that are in use today. Judge Smith was the managing partner in the law firm of Jubelirer, Carothers, Krier, Halpern and Smith in Altoona, Pennsylvania in the early 1980s. He served as District Attorney of Blair County, Pennsylvania from 1983-84, and later became a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of that County. Judge Smith is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law. He is an adjunct professor at Penn State Law where he teaches a course on class actions, and was named an Alumni Fellow in 2011. He has served as a trustee of both Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania, and Mount Aloysius College. Mount Aloysius conferred an honorary doctorate upon Judge Smith in 2012.

A specialist in private international law, Professor Jack Coe’s training includes advanced studies in Europe. He received his LL.M. at Exeter, where he was a Rotary International Graduate Fellow, and holds the Diploma of the Hague Academy of International Law, and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. He clerked for the Honorable Richard C. Allison at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal, the Hague, and now consults with governments and multinational corporations in relation to commercial and direct investment disputes under the NAFTA and Bilateral Investment Treaties. Professor Coe, a regular speaker in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, has helped organize numerous conferences and programs related to international dispute resolution. He has taught in international programs for Notre Dame and University of San Diego Law Schools. He has authored numerous articles on arbitration, private international law, and related topics and authored the books Protecting Against the Expropriation Risk in Investing Abroad (co-authored with R.C. Allison) (1993), International Commercial Arbitration-American Principles and Practice in a Global Context (1997), and NAFTA Chapter 11 Reports (ed., with Brower and Dodge) (2006). Professor Coe is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and an associate reporter for the Restatement (Third) on the Law of International Commercial Arbitration. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and is admitted to practice in California and Washington. He has been chair of the Disputes Division of the ABA International Law Section, and chairs the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration. Professor Coe has argued international arbitral claims under NAFTA, and has for several years been admitted to the panel of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (AAA).

ICC Moot Court Team Takes Second Place at China National Round in Beijing

Continuing a phenomenal run of school-wide moot court success, Peking University School of Transnational Law’s (STL) International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Court team emerged from a competitive field of 16 teams to earn Second Place at the China National Round in Beijing from March 7-9. The team is composed of 5 students, all from the Class of 2016 – Guo Weijia, Ling Tong, Song Chao, Wang Lingling, and Zhou Zixi. C.V. Starr Lecturer Robyn Barnard also accompanied the team.

Public Lecture: Professor Seth Chertok presents “The Rise of Dodd Frank”

Lecture Details

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
4:15pm-5:45pm
C302, PKU Shenzhen

In response to the financial crisis of 2008, the Dodd-Frank was enacted as a sweeping U.S. financial legislation to prevent against systemic risks, which, however, posed over-regulation dangers on private equity real estate (“PERE”). Prof. Chertok examined private equity real estate along three axes of systemic risk contributors, and compared private equity real estate funds to hedge funds. To assist private equity real estate advisers with their new paths through the regulatory landscape, Prof. Chertok provided a complex compliance framework that could potentially help them restructure their funds to minimize the impact of the Dodd-Frank on their compliance burdens. Prof. Chertok argued that recognitions of these new compliance paths and limiting the application of the Volcker Rule would increase transactional certainty for private equity real estate, foster their freedom of choice to select the best regulatory paths, and most importantly, avoid the dangers of over-regulation for private equity real estate.

Professor Chertok is a scholar of corporate law, securities law, private equity and investment management law. Professor Chertok has published articles on a wide variety of topics in these area in academic journals, as well as in over forty leading industry trade publications. Recently, he has focused his research on the impact of Title IV of the Dodd-Frank Act and related SEC rules on investment advisers.

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