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Delegates from China University of Political Science and Law Explore MLaw's Global Reach During Visit

By John Masson

Members of a delegation from the China University of Political Science and Law, led by CUPL President and Professor of Law Huang Jin, spent a recent afternoon familiarizing themselves with Michigan Law and learning more about the reach of its international programming.

CUPL DelegationThe visit Nov. 7 (view an image gallery) by a seven-member delegation from one of modern China's top three institutions of legal instruction began with a stop at the office of Michigan Law Dean Evan Caminker. The itinerary, which included talk about possible future links between faculty and students from both institutions, also featured meetings with internationally oriented faculty such as professors Daniel Halberstam, Steven Ratner, and Donald Regan.

Beside President Huang, the CUPL visitors included Gao Jianjun, a professor in the School of International Law; Liu Shouren, an associate professor and vice dean of the School of Continuous Study; Shi Xiaoli, a professor in the School of International Law; Xu Lan, director of the Office of International Cooperation and Exchange; Xu Shenjian, a professor in the School of Law; and Zhang Qing, an associate professor of law in the Center for Law and Economics. The visit was organized by Michigan Law's Assistant Dean for International Affairs, Virginia Gordan.

"We're delighted that President Huang and the rest of these distinguished scholars were able to spend some time with us here in Ann Arbor," Caminker said. "Michigan Law has had strong interest in China for more than 100 years, and these types of personal interactions are important opportunities for us to continue developing relationships with academic leaders in a country that's growing increasingly important on the world stage."

Participants toured the buildings, including the Law Library, and also met with Law Library Director Barbara Garavaglia, '80. Later that afternoon, several members of the group attended an International Law Workshop talk by Professor Michael Barr, the former assistant secretary of the treasury for financial institutions. The visitors listened intently as Barr discussed his latest thinking on the developing architecture of international financial regulation.

The visit could be a significant one for both institutions, said Michigan Law Professor Nicholas C. Howson, an expert in Chinese law. Michigan Law, with its tradition and depth in European Union law and the civil law tradition, already shares a strong tie with CUPL, which forms the China half of the "China EU Law School"—modern China's first experiment in a joint venture law school teaching comparative law topics.

"The CUPL is one of contemporary China's strongest institutions in a very wide range of subjects, from Qing legal history, to bankruptcy law, and international human rights law, and much else besides," said Howson. "The visit of President Huang Jin, a very significant private international law and conflicts scholar in China, and his meeting with Dean Caminker, is another step in the very fruitful relationship between our two institutions."

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