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Roundtable: the Implications of the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress

Roundtable on the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress, sponsored by Penn State Law, Penn State School of International Affairs, the Coalition for Peace & Ethics, the Foundation for Law and International Affairs, and Res. Career Development Network of Law and International Affairs, was hosted on Friday, November 3, from 10 AM through Noon at Katz 241, Penn State Law School. Academic scholars from the U.S., China, and Europe spoke via online chat to discuss the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China and what the new constitution entails.

International Symposium on Rule of Law & Social Credit Systems

International Symposium on Rule of Law & Social Credit Systems was held successfully at KoGuan Law School, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China on September 23, 2017. The symposium was guided by Shanghai Reform and Development Commission, and the Shanghai Public Credit Information Service Center. It was co-organized by Shanghai Jiao Tong University KoGuan School of Law, East China University of Political Science and Law School of Economic Law, Shanghai Law Academy Research Center for Banking Law Practice, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Research Center for Internet Law Innovation, East China University of Political Science and Law Research Center for Rule of Law, The Intellectual Property Office of Tencent Holdings Limited, and the Foundation for Law and International Affairs.

International Conference: New International Trade and Investment Rules between Globalization and Anti-Globalization

From April 21-23, The Foundation for Law and International Affairs, Manchester University Alliance Manchester Business School Business and Human Rights Catalyst, The Coalition for Peace and Ethics, The Pennsylvania State University Center for Global Studies, Penn State Law, the Penn State School of International Affairs, and The Penn State University Research and Career Development Network for Law and International Affairs hosted the international conference “New International Trade and Investment Rules between Globalization and Anti-Globalization.” Featured guest speakers from China, the US, the UK, Italy, Denmark, and Hong Kong attended the conference. The conference included a pre-conference workshop, four panels, and one special session.

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Opening Remarks on April 22

The conference began with opening remarks given by the Interim Dean James W. Houck and Dean Designate Hari M. Osofsky of Penn State Law School.

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The Pre-conference Workshop: “Scenarios for China’s Future”

The pre-conference workshop, held on April 21, was titled “Scenarios for China’s Future.” The organizer, Matthew Spaniol, is a scenario planning and corporate foresight expert. He serves as an Industrial PhD Fellow at Danish Maritime, representing the maritime industry, and has experience working for the Oxford Scenarios Program and as an analyst at the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies. Guest speakers and students attended the workshop.

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Keynote Speech: Accounting for Human Rights in International Trade

Professor and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Manchester University Kenneth McPhail gave the keynote speech. He argued that the connections between trade and human rights must take into account both the language of normative frameworks and the language of business, which set the stage for the further discussion at the conference.

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Panel 1: The Convergence and Diversification of The International Trade and Investment Regimes

The first panel was moderated by Board Member of the Foundation for Law and International Affairs Flora Sapio. Yanmei Lin (Associate Professor, Vermont Law School) & Sheng Sun (Vermont Law School), Oluwaseun Ajayi (Attorney, U.S. Department of Education), Armstrong Chen (Partner, King & Wood Mallesons), and Feng Li (Lecturer, China Foreign Affairs University) presented at this panel.

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Panel 2: The Constitutionalization of International Trade and Investment Rules Beyond the State or Among States

The second panel was moderated by Professor of Penn State Law School and School of international Affairs Larry Catá Backer. Wei Shen (Professor & Dean, Shandong University Law School), Flora Sapio (Professor, Australian National University; Board Member, FLIA), Paolo Farah (Professor, West Virginia University Department of Public Administration), Bin Li (Professor, Beijing Normal University Law School) and Xiaofu Li (Postdoctoral Researcher, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics) presented at this panel.

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Panel 3: The Rise of New Societal Orders and Global Supply Chains, Labor, and Investment Markets

The third panel was moderated by Professor Kenneth McPhail of Manchester University. Larry Catá Backer (Professor, Penn State Law), Nichlas Rowland (Professor, Pennsylvania State University - Altoona) & Matthew Jon Spaniol (Professor, Roskilde University), Sean Jorgensen (Attorney & Secretary of the Foundation for Law and International Affairs), and Keren Wang (Ph.D. candidate, Penn State University Department of Communication Arts and Science) presented at this panel.

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Opening Remarks on April 23: Summary and Reflection on the Conference on April 22

The fourth panel and the Special Session were presented on April 23. Dean and Professor of Shandong University Law School Wei Shen gave the opening remarks. Dean Wei Shen started the proceedings with a marvelous critical summary of the first day’s efforts with suggestions for moving forward. He highlighted the four great themes of the efforts on April 22: Globalization v anti globalization; Trade v investment; Governance; and Prediction.

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Panel 4: States and Stakeholders in the Construction of an International Economic Legal Order

Panel 4 was moderated by Penn State Law Professor Panagiotis Tridimas. Sukru Say (SJD Candidate, Penn State Law School), Jianzhi Zeng (Fulbright Visiting Researcher, Cornell University School of Law), and Aisi Zhang (SJD Candidate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ) presented at this panel.

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Special Session: The New International Trade and Investment Rules: Chinese Perspectives

The last panel (the Special Session) was moderated by Professor and Dean of Shandong University Law School Wei Shen. Paolo Farah (Professor, West Virginia University), Nichlas Rowland (Professor, Pennsylvania State University - Altoona) & Matthew Jon Spaniol (Professor, Roskilde University), Yi Liang (Ph.D. Candidate, University of International Business and Economics), and Yewei Shi (Ph.D. Candidate, Peking University) presented at this session.

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Closing Remarks: A Comprehensive Summary of the Conference

Professor Larry Backer of Penn State Law and the Penn State School of International Affairs gave the closing remarks, which provided a comprehensive summary of the conference. The three-day event promoted global conversation on international trade and investment rules issues. Different perspectives and positions were shared on the mutual platform.

The First Session of the Forum of the United Nations on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law

FLIA's delegation attended the first session of the United Nations Forum on Human Rights, Democracy, and the Rule of Law, which was held from November 21-22, in Geneva, Switzerland, at the Palais des Nations. The topic was widening the Democratic Space: the role of youth in public decision-making. FLIA and CPE (The Coalition for Peace and Ethics) organized a side event at the Forum titled “Political Participation and the Global Civic Education of Youth.”

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FLIA’s Delegation Attended the First Session of the Forum of the United Nations on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law

On November 21 and 22, 2016, the first session of the Forum of the United Nations on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law was held in Geneva, under the theme of “Widening the Democratic Space: the Role of Youth in Public Decision-making”. FLIA’s Delegation Attended the conference.

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FLIA and CPE Organized the Side Event at the UN Forum: Political Participation and the Global Civic Education of Youth

FLIA and CPE (The Coalition for Peace and Ethics) organized a side event of the United Nations Forum on Human Rights, Democracy, and the Rule of Law titled “Political Participation and the Global Civic Education of Youth,” on November 21, Geneva, Switzerland, at the Palais des Nations.

Seminar: “The Hague Ruling on the South China Sea: The Divergence of Law and Diplomacy”

On October 5, 2016 at Penn State Law School, the Penn State Research and Career Development Network for Law and International Affairs, Center for Global Studies, The Penn State International Arbitration Group, and Foundation for Law and International Affairs hosted the seminar on the topic of "The Hague Ruling on the South China Sea: The Divergence of Law and Diplomacy." Featured guest speakers from China, the US, Italy, the UK attended the seminar. The Interim Dean and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs, Professor James W. Houck, gave the opening remarks. The seminar included three panels.

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Panel 1: The Role and Reach of International Arbitration in Disputes between Sovereign States

Panel 1 discussed “The Role and Reach of International Arbitration in Disputes between Sovereign States.” Panel 1 was moderated by Professor Catherine A. Rogers. The speakers on this panel included Professor Thomas E. Carbonneau, Dr. Liang Zhang, and Mr. Oluwaseun Ajayi.

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Panel 2: The International Relationships and Interests Behind the South China Sea Disputes

Panel 2 was titled “The International Relationships and Interests Behind the South China Sea Disputes.” The panel was moderated by Professor Joseph M. DeThomas. Mr. Wang Guan, the chief political correspondent for CCTV America, Professor Flora Sapio, and Dr. Di Li spoke at the panel.

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Panel 3: The Principal Legal Issues in the Disputes between China and Philippines over the South China Sea

Panel 3 was “The Principal Legal Issues in the Disputes between China and Philippines over the South China Sea.” This panel was moderated by Dean Houck. Professor He Jiang, Dr. Ekrem Korkut, and Professor Qiongqiong Tang presented on this panel.

FLIA summer 2016 conference: The Constitutional Dimension of Judicial Reform

Professor Flora Sapio gave the keynote speech on Judicial Reform in Italy at East China University of Political Science and Law

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Professor Flora Sapio Keynote Speech on Judicial Reform in Italy at East China University of Political Science and Law

Professor Flora Sapio delivered an excellent paper on this topic, her paper ‘Constructing an European Area of Justice: Judicial Reform in Italy” perfectly captured this modern conundrum: “how a sovereign state such as Italy, always at the side of recipient of legal norms, preserve features and traditions of their own social norms in light of integrating with globalization that demand efficiency and predictability.”

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欧美司法制度四人谈

2016年6月18日,华东政法大学法治中国研究中心、法律与国际事务学会(FLIA)及意大利都灵国际事务研究所联合举办了司法改革的学术座谈会:欧美司法制度四人谈。

FLIA-organized events on the topic of "From Constitution to Adjudication"

FLIA organized three presentations on the topic of “From Constitution to Adjudication.” The presentations examined constitutional issues from the perspective of pubic legislation, private legal rights, and the judicial system, respectively.

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Dr. Yuhua Sun: How Can the Judicial Interpretation of Internet Libel Break through the Firewall of the Constitution?

Dr. Sun is a professor of law at Eastern China University of Political Science & Law and visiting scholar at Columbia University Law School. He specializes in constitutional and procedural law. In his presentation, he argued that the current judicial interpretation of Internet libel in China failed to balance the needs to protect freedom of speech, rights of supervision, and human dignity. He also suggested a resolution to this constitutional problem.

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Dr. Ulisses Schwarz Viana: If home-schooling is constitutional in Brazil

Ulisses Schwarz Viana is a State Attorney of Brazil and he will participate in oral arguments before the 11 Judges of the Brazilian Supreme Federal Court on a case on homeschooling. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Law. His opinion concludes with some considerations in Sociology of Law and Philosophy of Law. He argued why homeschooling is against the principle of diversity in the Constitution. He also discussed why the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Wisconsin v. Yoder (1972) cannot provide guidance to the Brazilian Supreme Court in his upcoming case.

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Prof. Zhiwei Tong: Chinese Judicial Reform: Current Challenges and Future Opportunities

Professor Tong is an internationally renowned scholar who has lectured all over the world and at elite institutions in the United States. More importantly, he is a "big V", one of the great public intellectuals in China and a key opinion leader. His discussion of rule of law and judicial reform has caused great attention in the States. In his presentation he talked about the current judicial reform in China from the perspective of Chinese constitutionalism.

FLIA-organized events at top Chinese universities in Xi'an - Shanghai - Beijing | October 17th - 23rd, 2015

Foundation for Law and International Affairs presents "Socio-Economic Rights and Global Orders – China’s Challenges, Opportunities and Contributions", bringing leading scholars from China and the U.S. for a discussion on China’s approaches to social, economic and cultural rights, and on the opportunities and challenges for Chinese enterprises in the area of corporate social responsibility.

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October 17th: Invited Lecture at Northwest University of Politics and Law

Foundation for Law and International Affairs co-sponsored an event with the “West China Legal House” Journal at the Northwest University of Politics and Law in the city of Xi'an. FLIA resident scholar Professor Larry Backer presented a lecture titled “Written Constitutions and Unwritten Constitutions.”

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October 19th: Special Presentation at Chang’an University

FLIA resident scholar Larry Backer chaired a presentation titled “The Tradition and Culture of Western Colleges” to approximately 700 students and faculty members. Students were able to ask questions about the differences between Chinese and Western educational systems.

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October 20th: Invited Lecture at East China University of Political Science and Law

At the invitation of the Constitutional Law Research Center at East China University of Political Science and Law, FLIA Resident Scholar Larry Backer presented a lecture titled "The Concept of Constitutionalization: The Political Body Corporate From Incarnation to Ensoulment and Operationalization". Keren Wang provided translation throughout the presentation.

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October 22nd: Symposium on Socio-Economic Rights at Beijing Normal University

Foundation for Law and International Affairs presents "Socio-Economic Rights and Global Orders – China’s Challenges, Opportunities and Contributions", hosted by Beijing Normal University Law School on Friday, October 23rd, 2pm- 5pm.