Events

Upcoming Events

From Legal Pluralism to Dual State: Evolution of the Relationship between the Chinese and Hong Kong Legal Orders

Monday, April 5, 2021, 12:15-1:15 pm
Online | Register to Attend

Cora Chan, Associate Professor of Law, University of Hong Kong

This work-in-progress argues that the relationship between the Chinese and Hong Kong legal orders has evolved from a form of legal pluralism found in the European Union, to a monist but bifurcated status – a “dual state”, to borrow from Ernst Fraenkel’s theory. Recent events, including China’s imposition of a national security law on Hong Kong and the former’s overhaul of the latter’s election methods, have consolidated the change. The picture that emerges is that Hong Kong’s common law legal order of the liberal rule-of-law tradition has definitively become a dual state that is folded within China’s socialist legal system, which is itself a dual state. The analysis not only reveals the potential and challenges of preserving liberal values in an authoritarian polity, but also enhances our understanding of the theory of the dual state.

This event is organized by the Hong Yen Chang Center for Chinese Legal Studies and co-sponsored by the APEC Study Center (ASC).

Recent Events

From Lawyer to Author: Charles Yu ’01 and Abigail Hing Wen ’04 explore their journeys from practicing law to writing critically acclaimed novels

Monday, March 8, 2021, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Online 

How do you chart a path from law school to writing fiction? Two critically-acclaimed authors and CLS alumni talk about combining their legal training, personal experiences, and creative sparks into compelling novels.  Charles Yu’s National Book award-winning novel, Interior Chinatown, tells the story of a movie extra navigating the limited roles afforded to Asian actors. Abigail Hing Wen’s debut novel and New York Times bestseller, Loveboat, Taipei is a coming-of-age story of an 18-year-old Asian American woman transplanted from Ohio to Taiwan for the summer of adventure and self-discovery.  Both writers are joined by Annie Xie JD‘21Rebecca Tan LLM’21Long Dang JD’22, and Professor Ben Liebman to discuss their creative journeys. This event is organized by the Hong Yen Chang Center for Chinese Legal Studies and co-sponsored by the Columbia Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA), the Taiwanese Law and Culture Club, and the Weatherhead East Asian Institute.

The Future of Chinese Listed Companies on U.S. Exchanges

Thursday, February 4, 2021 7-8 p.m.
Online 

Panelists include Harvey L. Pitt, Chief Executive Officer, Kalorama Partners LLC, and former Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission; Edward Greene, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb, and Adjunct Senior Research Scholar in the Faculty of Law, Lecturer in Law; Georges Ugeux, former Executive and Head of International Listings, NYSE, and  Lecturer in Law; Lorna Xin Chen, Asia Regional Managing Partner, Head of Greater China at Shearman & Sterling; and the conversation is moderated by Professor Benjamin L. Liebman, Director, Hong Yen Chang Center for Chinese Legal Studies

International Law With Chinese Characteristics: Beijing and the "Rules-Based" Global Order

Thursday, November 19, 12:45 - 1:30pm
Online
Robert Williams, Executive Director of Yale Law School's Paul Tsai China Center, to discusses his research on China's evolving relationship to international law. He will be joined by Professor Liebman for a conversation on China's approach to international law, and how a Biden administration is likely to impact US-China relations. This event is organized by the Columbia Society for International Law and is co-sponsored by the Society for Chinese Law and the Center for Chinese Legal Studies.

Does International Human Rights Law Still Apply in Hong Kong?

October 20, 8pm 
Online

Kelley Loper, Associate Professor and Co-Director of the LLM in Human Rights Programme in the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong.

East Asia's Response to COVID-19

Friday, April 24th, 2020, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Online
| Watch the recording on YouTube

Closely bound by travel and trade, with multiple high-density urban centers, the governments of China, South Korea, and Japan have each had to contend with COVID-19’s rapid spread. Yet each has taken a different approach to combat the virus and managing it at the national level. What accounts for both the different levels of preparedness and the different approaches in East Asia? What legal measures have been taken by each country? Join the Directors of the Centers for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean Legal Studies, Ben Liebman, Nobuhisa Ishizuka, and Jeong-Ho Roh at Columbia Law School in a discussion on the comparative approaches, lessons, and the potential for trilateral cooperation.

The Judicialization of Marital and Family Disputes in the 21st-Century China

Ke Li, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at John Jay College, the City University of New York
Tuesday, April 14th, 2020 @ 12:20pm
This event will be held virtually. 

Private Ordering in China’s Company Law: Two Case Studies

Wang Wen-Yeu, Professor of Law, National Taiwan University
Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 @ 12:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 102B

Creative Careers — a CLS alum novelist on the pursuit of dreams

Abigail Hing Wen
Monday, January 27th, 2020 @ 12:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 102B

The Legal System Reform on The SSE STAR Market

Shen Linping, Partner, AllBright Beijing
Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 @ 12:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 102B

Chinese Law: A Paradigm?

Enrico Toti, Professor of Chinese Law, Rome Tre University, and Practicing Attorney
Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 @ 12:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 102B

Setting Up the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Natalie Lichtenstein, Inaugeral General Counsel
Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 @ 12:10pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 102B

When Pro Bono Becomes a Profane Word: Qualitative and Quantitative Analyses

Yun-chien Chang, Research Professor, Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica, Taiwan; Director, Empirical Legal Studies Center; Global Professor of Law, New York University
Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 @ 12:10pm

China, International Law, and the Muslim World

A panel
Akbar Shahid Ahmed, Foreign Affairs Reporter, Washington, DC, Bureau, HuffPost
Matthew S. Erie, Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Studies and Associate Research Fellow of the Socio-Legal Studies Centre at the University of Oxford
Thomas E. Kellogg, Executive Director of the Georgetown Center for Asian Law
Thursday, February 14, 2019 @12:10 pm

State Capitalism or Socialist Modernization? Taking the Chinese Constitution Seriously

Bin Ling is a law professor and a doctorial supervisor at Peking University Law School, China
Thursday, February 7th, 2019 @ 12:10pm

The Clash of Capitalisms? Chinese Companies in the United States

Ji Li, Professor of Law, Rutgers University and Member, Associate Faculty of the Division of Global Affairs
Thursday, January 31st, 2019 @ 12:10pm

IP and the China Trade War: Long Overdue, a Pretext or Both?

Mark Cohen '84, is Lecturer in Law, Senior Fellow and Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology Asia IP Project
Tuesday, November 13th, 2018 @ 12:10pm

Jobs in China 2019

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 @ 1:10pm

Legal Hubs: The Emergent Landscape of International Commercial Dispute Resolution

Matthew S. Erie, Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Studies and Associate Research Fellow, Socio‐Legal Studies Centre, University of Oxford
Monday, October 1, 2018 @ 12:10pm
 

Faquanism and Its Comparative Advantage for Right-duty Jurispudence

Tong Zhiwei, Professor of Law, East China University of Political Science and Law
Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 @ 12:10pm

Past Events

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
China: End of the Reform Era  

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Local Government Debt in China  

Thursday, February 15, 2018
Administrative Law in China: New Developments  

Monday, November 6, 2017
Employee Social Media in China  

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Excluding Illegally Obtained Confessions in China  

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Summer Jobs in Greater China  

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
SCL Orientation Event/Mid-Autumn Festival  

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Human Rights and Political Change in China  

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
International Law and the South China Sea  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Human Rights in Today's Taiwan: Progress and Challenges

Monday, February 27, 2017
Is China becoming Pro-IP?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Task Force on U.S.-China Policy: Recommendations for the New Administration

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Rehabilitating History: A Reconsideration of the Treatment of Disability in Chinese History and Its Implications for Today

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Fund-Formation Lawyers: What We Do

Thursday, November 3, 2016
Work in China this Summer  

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
China’s Participation in the International Economic Legal Order: Trade Agreements and Beyond  

Monday, April 18, 2016
The Rise of Post-Umbrella Movement Political Forces in the New Era.  

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Revision of China's Administrative Litigation Law: A Preliminary Evaluation  

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Experiences as a Greater China Public Interest Law Fellow  

Thursday, March 10, 2016
The Chinese Financial Crisis: Legal and Other Challenges.