Albany Law School has hosted two delegations from China over the past two weeks, facilitating multi-national conversation on the role of law on government accountability and environmental protection and park management.
For the first delegation, on Sept. 20, Albany Law welcomed 10 Chinese officials, including executives from regional Environmental Protection Bureaus, for a lunch with several members of the law school faculty and Albany legal community. Sponsored by the law school’s Government Law Center (GLC), the visit was organized by The International Center of the Capital Region, Inc.
The International Center also organized the second delegation, on Sept. 27, bringing several Chinese business and government officials to the law school to speak with Associate Dean and GLC Director Patricia Salkin about government accountability.
Next month, Dean Salkin will travel to Beijing, China, to participate in the Eighth Annual Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference, sponsored by William & Mary Law School, from Oct. 14 to 15. She will participate on a panel entitled “Legal Protection of Property Rights: A Comparative Look,” which will examine the nature of property rights under global legal systems, including the systems, processes, or methods for determining and enforcing private property rights. Dean Salkin also plans to meet with four Albany Law School alumni who reside and work in Beijing.
Over the past few years, Albany Law School has made a number of connections with the legal, business and government communities in China, including signing an agreement with the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade (SIFT) School of Law to pursue cooperative educational programs and collaborative research initiatives for students and faculties in both countries.
As part of the agreement, Albany Law hosted SIFT students this past January for a study tour, and Dean Salkin now teaches a course in Chinese Law. Currently, Professor Yin Min, who teaches classes at SIFT in China, is a visiting scholar at Albany Law School for the semester.
Dean Salkin and Professor Danshera Cords led a group of more than 30 Albany Law students to China in March 2011 for a course of study focused on commercial and business law issues between the two countries. In addition to formal classroom instruction, the students visited a Chinese court, U.S.-based law firms in Shanghai and Beijing as well as a Chinese law firm, and The U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai. The group met with Albany Law School alumni in Beijing and Shanghai. A second student trip is planned for March 2012.
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