December 18, 2015
During a visit to Dalian Maritime University in China, Tulane Law Dean David Meyer and Professor Martin Davies (second and third from left above) toured the school’s training ship (above) and received a poem transcribed into ancient Chinese characters by Dalian law Dean Beiping Chu (below left).
Photos courtesy of Dalian Maritime University
When Tulane Law Dean David Meyer and Professor Martin Davies visited China’s Dalian Maritime University Law School in mid-December, the agenda didn’t just focus on legal education — it included a strings concert by student musicians and a ship tour.
Meyer and Davies met with Dalian University leaders and students to discuss expanding cooperation between the two schools and took part in a roundtable conference of officials from Chinese law schools to probe ideas for adapting legal education to prepare elite lawyers for globalized law practice.
Tulane Law Professor Martin Davies and David Meyer discussed ideas about global legal education with deans from law schools in China and Hong Kong.
In addition to seeing the bridge simulator where Dalian students learn to pilot a ship (similar to the one Tulane Maritime Law students train on at Delgado Community College), the pair toured the Dalian Maritime University training ship, which is used to prepare future ship captains, navigators and engineers, as well as maritime lawyers and students from other disciplines. Even law students at Dalian are required to spend a week at sea on the training vessel, learning the intricacies of operating a vessel.
Davies, director of Tulane’s Maritime Law Center, also lectured on multimodal transport law, which covers contracts under which goods are moved by a combination of methods, such as sea and rail.
The visit included a meeting with Tulane Law alumnus Hongjun Shan (LLM ’05, SJD ’07), who recently was promoted from Dalian law dean to university vice president of international affairs. At the welcome dinner for the conference on legal education, current law Dean Beiping Chu used his calligraphy skills to transcribe in ancient Chinese characters a poem that a Dalian faculty colleague had composed on the spot in tribute to the Tulane visitors.