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Tulane-Yale conference in China examines trade initiative

December 21, 2015


Tulane Law Professor Guiguo Wang and Dean David Meyer present at the 7th International Conference on the New Haven School of Jurisprudence at Zhejiang University with Yale Law School Professor W. Michael Reisman (standing). The conference explores legal issues stemming from China’s revamped trade policy.

For the second year, Tulane Law School is partnering with Yale Law School and Zhejiang University to bring international law scholars together in China to explore methods of advancing human dignity through law and policy.

The 7th International Conference on the New Haven School of Jurisprudence, hosted Dec. 21-22 at the Zijingang Campus of Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, is focusing on international legal questions relating to China’s “One Belt, One Road” trade policy.

The “One Belt, One Road” initiative aims to vastly expand economic exchange with 60 national partners in Africa, Asia and Europe over both land and maritime trade routes. Launched in 2013, the policy has been touted by proponents as a “Chinese Marshall Plan,” with ambitious development assistance to emerging markets for Chinese goods, but it also has drawn criticism from skeptics wary of a more expansive role for the government in economic development.  

The “New Haven School” conference series was founded jointly by international law specialists Guiguo Wang, a former dean at City University of Hong Kong now a Tulane Law faculty member, and Michael Reisman, a longtime professor at Yale Law School.

Reisman is considered the foremost authority on the New Haven School’s approach to achieving the goal of public order focused on human dignity. 

Wang joined Tulane Law in 2014 as the Eason-Weinmann Chair of International and Comparative Law. He also holds a post as University Professor at Zhejiang University’s Guanghua Law School.

Wang, Tulane Law Dean David Meyer and Professor Amy Gajda all are chairing sessions at the conference, which draws participants from Asia, Europe, Australia and the United States.

Session topics include treaty negotiations, challenges facing Chinese judges, international commercial contracts, cyber law and economic espionage, railway disputes and customs international property enforcement.

The event is another prong in Tulane Law’s growing presence in Asia, where the school has partnerships with several Chinese law schools. Tulane also hosted a large contingent of senior Chinese judges in the spring. 

Earlier in December, Meyer and Professor Martin Davies, director of Tulane’s Maritime Law Center, took part in a conference on global legal education at Dalian Maritime University.

And in July, Tulane was represented at a Hong Kong forum on legal issues surrounding Chinese trade expansion by Wang; 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.


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