May 01, 2015
Senior Chinese judges visiting Tulane Law School gather after the April 23 investiture of Professor Guiguo Wang (center, with certificate) as the Eason-Weinmann Chair of International and Comparative Law. Former Ambassador John Giffen Weinmann and his wife, Virginia Eason Weinmann (center left), whose gift made the chair possible, also attended.
Photo by Sally Asher
Miriam Childs (left), associate director of the Law Library of Louisiana, displays historical books for senior Chinese judges visiting the state Supreme Court during a week in New Orleans hosted by Tulane Law School.
Photo courtesy of the Louisiana Supreme Court
A delegation of 30 senior judges from across China spent a week in New Orleans, being briefed by Tulane Law faculty across a variety of fields, meeting with federal and state judges and hearing from a panel of Justice Department officials as part of the Distinguished Judicial Exchange Program organized by Tulane Law Professor Guiguo Wang.
The group even received a perspective on municipal courts from Judge George Anagnost (L ’74) of Peoria, Arizona, through a special live-broadcast panel.
The visit culminated with Wang’s investiture as Tulane’s Eason-Weinmann Chair of International and Comparative Law on April 23. The chair is made possible by a gift from Virginia Eason and former Ambassador John Giffen Weinmann that helps sustain Tulane’s Eason Weinmann Center for International and Comparative Law.
The Weinmanns welcomed the delegation to New Orleans by opening their home to host the judges for a reception in their honor. Virginia and John Weinmann both offered warm remarks at Wang's investiture.
After their Tulane visit, the judges went on to Washington, D.C., for meetings with U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise and Sen. David Vitter (L ’88) of Louisiana and a Supreme Court tour, and then to New York and Boston for various activities.
Tulane Law Dean David Meyer (right) and LLM student Shiwan Cui, who studied at China University of Political Science and Law, display for visiting Chinese judges watercolor paintings of campus scenes that she presented to the law school as a thank-you gift.
Photo by Ali Mansfield
The United States trip is a capstone at the conclusion of the judges’ doctoral studies at City University of Hong Kong.
Dean David Meyer said hosting the delegation also was “part of a broader expansion of Tulane Law School’s partnerships and outreach in China.”
Tulane has dual-degree partnerships with several Chinese universities and offers a four-week summer Institute of Chinese Law and Business Transactions that takes students to both Beijing and Shanghai.
Wang, a world-renowned scholar on international economic law who was recruited to join the Tulane Law faculty in 2014, initiated the U.S. visits as a key component of a judicial education program he founded while serving as dean of City University of Hong Kong.
This was the first time the program included instruction at Tulane. Topics covered included Louisiana law, family law, U.S. constitutional law, maritime law and environmental law.
“We hope this may be the first in a series of judicial education programs offered to judges from China and elsewhere,” Meyer said.
(Note: This story was update on 6/8/2015 to provide more details about the judges' trip.)