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Chinese Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization

                                                           Conference Program

A conference on the theme "Chinese Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization" will take place on June 11, 2011 at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China. The conference is being planned by the Project on Globalization, Lawyers & Emerging Economies (GLEE Project), hosted by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) KoGuan Law School, funded by the Leo KoGuan Foundation, with co-sponsorship from East Asian Legal Studies Center at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and Program on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School.

This conference is part of the GLEE Project's on going research on the legal professions in China, India, and Brazil. The GLEE Project investigates the impact of globalization on the legal orders in major emerging economies, including changes in corporate practice, public interest law, legal education and the relationships among these three issue areas.

With the collaboration between the GLEE Project and SJTU, the conference has invited a selected group of leading scholars studying the Chinese legal profession from both China and abroad. The conference consists of four panels. The panel topics include the historical development of the Chinese legal profession, globalization of the corporate law market, emergence of public interest lawyers, and comparative perspectives on lawyers and globalization.


The working languages of the conference are English and Chinese.


Conference Date:

June 11, 2011


Conference Site:

Second-Floor Conference Room, Xuhui Campus Faculty Club

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

1954 Huashan Road, Xuhui District

Shanghai, 200030, P. R. China


Conference Schedule:

8:15-9:00am         Opening remarks

ZHENG Chengliang, Vice-President and Professor of Law, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

HUO, Xiandan, Bureau Chief, Judicial Appraisal Bureau, Ministry of Justice

JI Weidong, Dean and Chair Professor of Law, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

David B. WILKINS, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School


9:00-10:30am   Panel 1: History of the Chinese Legal Profession


LIU Guiming, Associate Editor-in-Chief, Democracy and Legal System Magazine; former Editor-in-Chief, Chinese Lawyers Magazine

       “The Specialization and General Status of Chinese Lawyers.”

YOU Chenjun, Lecturer of Law, Renmin University of China

       “Lawyers’ Professional Ethics in Republican China.”

CHENG Jinhua, Professor of Law, East China University of Political Science and Law

       “Determinant Factors in the Development of the Chinese Legal Profession.”

Carl MINZNER, Associate Professor of Law, Washington University in St. Louis

       “China’s Turn against Law.”


LIU Sida, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Research Fellow, ShanghaiJiao Tong University 


10:30-10:45am      Coffee break


10:45am-12:30pm   Panel 2: Corporate Law Firms and In-House Counsel


GONG Jun, Partner, Jun He Law Offices

       “The Development of Chinese Law Firms’ Management.”

TAO Jingzhou, Managing Partner for Asian Business Expansion, Dechert LLP

       “The Overseas Expansion of Chinese Law Firms”

WU Hongqi, Lecturer of Law, Xiamen University

       “The Rise of Large Law Firms in China: External Pressure and Internal Structure.”

Liu Sida, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Research Fellow, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

       “The History and Challenge of Foreign Law Offices in China.”

Takeo KOSUGI, Outside Director, Toshiba Corporation, former President of LAWASIA

       “Japanese Companies and the Role of Lawyers in the Age of Globalization.”


SHAO Jingchun, Professor of Law, Peking University


12:30-2:00pm              Lunch break


2:00-3:30pm    Panel 3: Law, Development, and Public Interest


XU Hui, Researcher of Law, Chinese Academy of Social Science

       “Interpreting Chinese Public Interest Lawyers.”

Hyeon-Ju RHO, ChinaCountry Director, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative

       “International Collaboration on Public Interest Lawyers and Legal Profession Development.”

LI Xueyao, Associate Professor of Law, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

       “Lawyers’ Professional Project in China’s Judicial Reform.”

Joongi KIM, Professor of Law, Yonsei University

       “How Global is Global? The Outer Reaches of Globalization in the Korean Legal Profession.”


Louise G. TRUBEK, Clinical Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Wisconsin Law School


3:30-3:45pm         Coffee break


3:45-5:15pm   Panel 4: Comparative Perspectives: Korea, Indiaand Brazil


Mihaela PAPA, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Program on the Legal Profession, Harvard Law School

       “Globalization, Lawyers, and India: Toward a Theoretical Synthesis of Globalization Studies and the Sociology of the Legal Profession.”

Jayanth K. KRISHNAN, Professor of Law, Indiana University

       “A Risk to Future Economic Development? Remarks on the Courts, Legal Profession, and Pitfalls of Commercial Arbitration in India.”

Luciana G. CUNHA, Escola de Direito de São Paulo, FGV

       “The Justice System and Legal Profession in Brazil.”

Fabio de Sá e SILVA, Técnico de Planejamento e Pesquisa, Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada, IPEA

              “Globalization and Public Interest Lawyering: Lessons from the Brazilian Landscape.”


John OHNESORGE, Associate Professor of Law, Director of East Asian Legal Studies Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison


5:15-5:45pm         Concluding remarks

David M. TRUBEK, Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Wisconsin Law School

JI Weidong, Dean and Chair Professor of Law, Shanghai Jiao Tong University 

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