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2015 Symposium

Practicing Intellectual Property Law in Asia: Litigation, Enforcement, and Business Management

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2014 Symposium

Criminal Procedure and Criminal Law Reform in China: Legalizing the Tools of Repression or Safeguarding Human Rights?

A Historic and Comparative Perspective

Friday, February 7, 2014
1:00pm - 6:00pm
University of Pennsylvania Law School | S240A

Criminal law and procedure reform is a highly sensitive issue since it implicates judicial justice and protection of human rights. China revised its Criminal Procedure Law in 2012 and it was viewed a significant step forward. However, the precise consequences remains to be seen.

This year’s symposium will bring together scholars, practitioners, and advocates to discuss implications of the new Criminal Procedure Law and other related issues in a comparative perspective. In addition, we will attempt to examine the history and evolution of criminal procedure laws in other East Asian countries as well as in the U.S. in order to shed light on the future of China’s criminal procedure reform.


1:00 - 1:15 PM Registration
1:15 - 1:30 PM Welcome
1:30 - 2:00 PM Preliminary Session and Introductory Talk
Stephen ThamanProfessor of Law, St. Louis University Law School
2:00 - 3:15 PM The New Criminal Procedure Law Panel
Moderated by Jacques deLisleStephen A. Cozen Professor of Law & Professor of Political Science
Ira BelkinExecutive Director, US-Asia Law Institute, New York University School
Margaret LewisAssociate Professor of Law, Seton Hall Law School
Stephen ThamanProfessor of Law, St. Louis University Law School 
3:15 - 3:30 PM Break
3:30 - 5:00 PM The Rule of the Law and Legal Reform Panel
Moderated by Paul RobinsonColin S. Diver Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Xiangshun DingProfessor of Comparative Jurisprudence, Renmin University of Law School in China
Ling LiSenior Research Fellow, New York University School of Law
Sida LiuAssistant Professor of Sociology and Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison
5:00 PM Closing Remarks and Reception
This program has been approved for 3.0 hours of substantive law credit for Pennsylvania lawyers.  CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well.  Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $30.00 cash - or check payable to “The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania”.

2012 Symposium

Corruption in Asia: Law & Governance, Corporate Responsibility, and Media

February 10, 2012

The traditional model of anti-corruption enforcement, based on domestic regulations and enforced by a nation’s judiciary or other special agencies, faces numerous challenges in the Asian context. Where the independence of the judiciary and even-handed application of the laws is in doubt - especially in new democracies or autocracies -reliance on law and governance methods alone has been thought insufficient. The increasingly global economy and necessity for trans-national cooperation further complicate this picture, and also imply that these local matters have become questions of global significance. The internet and social media, as well as more traditional media, may play a greater role in shedding light on abuse and acting as a check on power. This symposium will explore how these non-state actors, specifically corporates, media, and other societal institutions deal with government corruption and their own corruption in East and Southeast Asia.