July 27, 2015
Professors Jӧrg Fedtke (third from left), Guiguo Wang (holding Tulane Law t-shirt) and Jim Letten (second from right) represented Tulane Law at an international conference in Hong Kong on expanding Chinese trade.
Tulane Law faculty played a prominent role in a July gathering of international legal experts addressing legal and policy issues surrounding plans for a major expansion of Chinese trade.
The legal forum in Hong Kong focused on China’s multinational “One Belt, One Road” initiative, which aims to vastly expand economic exchange with 60 national partners in Africa, Asia and Europe over both land and maritime trade routes. The initiative, launched in 2013, has been touted by proponents as a “Chinese Marshall Plan,” with ambitious development assistance to emerging markets for Chinese goods, but also has drawn criticism from skeptics wary of a more expansive role for the government in economic development.
Tulane was represented at the conference by Professors Guiguo Wang, the Eason-Weinmann Chair of International and Comparative Law; Jӧrg Fedtke, the A.N. Yiannopoulos Professor of Comparative Law and co-director of Tulane’s Eason-Weinmann Center of International and Comparative Law; and Jim Letten, assistant dean for experiential learning.
Wang and Fedtke provided comparative perspectives on the economic and political aspects of the “One Belt, One Road” policy, while Letten, who spent more than a decade as U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Louisiana, addressed the important role of anti-corruption law in fostering cross-border trade.
The conference was sponsored by the Hong Kong WTO Research Institute and the Guanghua Law School of Zhejiang University. In October 2014, Tulane Law partnered with Zheijiang and Yale Law School in hosting the 6th International Conference on the New Haven School of Jurisprudence in Hangzhou, China.