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ABA Required Disclosures for China Summer Program

THE CRITERIA FOR APPROVAL OF FOREIGN SUMMER AND INTERSESSION PROGRAMS ESTABLISHED BY ABA-APPROVED LAW SCHOOLS WAS REVISED IN AUGUST 2010. SPECIFIC INFORMATION MUST BE DISCLOSED TO PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS FROM THE INITIAL POINT OF CONTACT. THE COMPLETE ABA STATEMENT IS AVAILABLE ON THEIR WEBSITE:

http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/resources/foreign_study.html.

 

PART VIII, DISCLOSURES REQUIRES THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:


1. Dates, location(s), description of the program, and anticipated enrollment:

Program Overview

2015 Dates: May 23 - June 18

Beijing: May 23 - June 6 /  Shanghai: June 6-18

The Georgia Law Summer Program in China offers participants an inside view of the dynamically evolving legal culture of the United States’ second-largest trading partner. The curriculum features 3 hours of transferable ABA-approved law school credit and includes the following courses: Introduction to the Chinese Legal System; Chinese Commercial Law; U.S.-China Trade Issues under the WTO; and International Economic Law, Energy, and Climate.

Directed by C. Donald Johnson, a former congressman and ambassador in the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the program includes lectures by leading legal scholars at two of China’s top law schools, Tsinghua University School of Law, and in Shanghai by Shanghai Jiao Tong University Koguan Law School.

In addition, students take part in a seminar on trade issues with officials from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce.

Students attend a briefing on trade issues at the U.S. embassy, visit the Shanghai International Arbitration Centre, and meet with international attorneys at a top law firm. Anticipated enrollment is 16 students.


2. The nature of the relationship with the foreign institution, if any, other than the provision of facilities and minimal services: Tsinghua University School of Law, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University Koguan Law School provide English-speaking law faculty to teach in the courses in addition to administrative support.


3. The number of students who participated in the program the previous year from the sponsoring law school(s) and the number from other schools (if the program is open to other students): Ten students from the University of Georgia School of Law were enrolled last year and one student from Georgetown University. In addition four Chinese students participated in the program.


4. If the program is not limited to students from U.S. law schools, the countries likely to be represented and the expected number of students from those countries:

In 201311 Brazilian legal professionals participated in the program on a non-credit basis. We anticipate that several foreign legal professionals will participate in 2014 on a non-credit basis.


5. Description of each course and number of credit hours:

  • Introduction to the Chinese Legal System--1 credit.

Instructor of Record: Professor YU Lingyun,Tsinghua University School of Law, Beijing, China.

This course examines the basic legal framework and institutions of the Chinese legal system in the context of China’s socialist market economy and rapidly evolving society. Students gain an overview of key developments in Chinese legal history and insight into the hierarchy of laws in the Chinese system. Additional topics include Chinese constitutional law, administrative and procedural law, as well as the Chinese practice of international law.

  • Introduction to Chinese Commercial Law-- 1 credit.

Instructor of Record: XU Xiaobing, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Koguan Law School.

This course aims to provide an introduction to aspects of modern Chinese commercial law that are important for international practitioners and to help students understand the challenges faced by multinational companies in China. Topics include company law (including corporate and antitrust law) and general principles of civil law (including contracts, torts, and property law). In addition, the course will focus on intellectual property law, foreign direct investment law, and international arbitration.

  • U.S.-China Trade Issues Under the World Trade Organization-- 1 credit

Instructor of Record: Ambassador C. Donald Johnson, Director, Dean Rusk Center, University of Georgia School of Law.

This course examines legal issues surrounding the tremendously important bilateral trade relationship between the United States and China within the framework of their mutual obligations under the World Trade Organization (WTO). It will cover a brief history of the development of U.S.-China trade and China’s entry into the WTO. In addition, students will gain an overview of the WTO legal system and the principal agreements governing the trade relationship between the two countries. Further topics include: monitoring and enforcement actions since China’s WTO accession, as well as U.S. and Chinese domestic trade law remedies. Distinguished guest experts from Tsinghua University School of Law, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, and the United States Embassy will enhance the educational experience.

  • International Economic Law, Energy, and Climate --1 credit.

Instructor of Record: Professor Timothy L. Meyer, University of Georgia School of Law.

Energy scarcity, and the scarcity of natural resources more generally, is one of the key international challenges of the twenty-­first century. This course examines the relationships among international economic law (the WTO, investment law), energy governance institutions such as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the International Energy Agency, and climate change.


6.  Schedule of classes with days and times for each class:

May 23-June 18, 2014 (Tentative)

Tsinghua University School of Law

May 25  

9:00-11:00 U.S.-China Trade Issues under the WTO (U.S.-China Trade)

11:00-13:00 Introduction to the Chinese Legal System (ICLS)

May 26 9:00-12:00 ICLS
May 27 9:00--13:00 U.S.-China Trade
May 28 Great Wall Tour
May 29 9:00-13:00 ICLS
June 1 9:00-11:00 ICLS; 11:00-13:00 U.S.-China Trade
June 2 9:00-12:00 ICLS; 14:00-16:30 U.S.-China Trade/Embassy Visit
June 3 9:00-12:00 CLS; 14:00-15:00 U.S.-China Trade
June 4  9:00-11:00 CLS; 14:00-16:30 U.S.-China Trade/Min. of Commerce
June 5 EXAMS 8:30-10:00; 10:30-12:00

SJTU Koguan Law School

June 8  9:00-12:00 CCL
June 9 9:00-13:00 International Economic Law, Energy, and Climate (IEL)
June 10 9:00-11:00 CCL; 11:00-13:00 IEL
June 11 9:00-11:00 CCL; 11:00-13:00 IEL
June 12 9:00-11:00 CCL
June 13 9:00-12:00 IEL
June 14 9:00-12:00 IEL
June 15 EXAMS 9:00-10:30; 11:00-12:30

7. Requirements for student performance and grading method:

Grading: The grading system will be the same as that regularly used at the University of Georgia School of Law, available at: /student-handbook-contents#part6. The UGA School of Law utilizes the following grading system:

A+ = 4.3, A = 4.0, A- = 3.7
B+ = 3.3, B = 3.0, B- = 2.7
C+ = 2.3, C = 2.0, C- = 1.7
D+ = 1.3, D = 1.0, F = 0.00

I= Incomplete, U = Unsatisfactory, W = Withdraw
WP = Withdraw Passing, WF = Withdraw Failing 
NR = Not Reported, IP = In Progress 

Class Attendance: Standard 304(d) of the ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools requires regular and punctual class attendance as a means of fulfilling residency and class hour requirements. Regular and punctual class attendance is an integral part of the learning process. In compliance with the foregoing standard, it is Law School policy that students must attend classes regularly. A student should not incur absences in excess of 3  class hours per 1-credit summer program course. An instructor may, but is not required to, establish his or her own more demanding attendance policy at the beginning of a particular course. Any such policy shall be announced and enforced by the instructor.

Credit: Each of the four courses will culminate in a 90-minute, in-class exam. Participants who successfully complete the program are eligible to receive 4 ABA-approved hours of academic credit. 


8. Enrollment limitations on any courses offered and criteria for enrollment, including

Prerequisites:

There course prerequisites are one completed year of law school at an ABA-accredited institution and good standing status.


9. A statement that acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in the program, including

externships and other clinical offerings, is subject to determination by the student’s home school:

Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in the program is subject to determination by the student’s home law school. Participants are responsible for obtaining approval to transfer credit and information about the possibility of accelerated graduation from their own law schools. Transcript request information will be provided to visiting students after completion of the program and individual students are responsible for submitting their own transcript requests with appropriate fees.


10. Descriptive biography of the program director:

C. Donald Johnson joined Georgia Law in June 2004 as the director of the Dean Rusk Center for International Law and Policy. In this capacity, he is responsible for the management and direction of the center's mission of increasing the understanding of global legal and policy issues through teaching, conferences, research, scholarship and international outreach programs.

Prior to his current role, Johnson was a partner at the law firm of Patton Boggs in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in the law related to international trade and investment, national security and foreign policy issues.

In 1998, he was nominated to the rank of ambassador by President Bill Clinton in the Office of United States Trade Representative and served for two and a half years as chief textile negotiator. Among the significant negotiations concluded during Johnson's tenure in office were the U.S.-China WTO Accession Agreement and the U.S.-Cambodia Textile Agreement. The latter agreement, which Johnson negotiated with the Cambodian Commerce Minister, is considered a landmark in that it included, for the first time, labor provisions linked to trade benefits. He also led the U.S. in WTO dispute cases involving textiles against the European Union and Pakistan and resolved other disputes through negotiations. Johnson was substantially involved with the development of trade legislation during this period including the Trade Act of 2000, which incorporated the Caribbean Basin Initiative and African Growth and Opportunity Act.

From 1993 to 1994, Johnson served as the U.S. congressman for the 10th district of Georgia. While in this position, he was a member of the House Armed Services and the Science, Space and Technology committees and focused on national security and international economic policy. Johnson was also selected to serve as a member of Speaker Tom Foley's Working Group on Policy. He was a delegate to the North Atlantic Assembly (NATO's legislative advisory body) in Berlin and Copenhagen and monitored Russia's first parliamentary (Duma) election in Moscow in December 1993.

Johnson also served in the Georgia State Senate from 1987 to 1992, where he was chairman of the Appropriations Committee, vice chairman of the Judiciary Committee and served as an assistant floor leader for Gov. Joe Frank Harris. During his tenure, he was the original author of major legislation enacted to reform the state budget process, sovereign immunity, the ethical standards of public officials and rural telecommunications.

His public service also includes four years in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General's Office (two years in Turkey) and serving as trade counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee (1973). Johnson is a member of the bar associations of the District of Columbia, Georgia and Illinois. From 1986 to 1992, he was a member of the State Bar of Georgia's Board of Governors.

He earned his bachelor's and law degrees from UGA, where he served as articles editor for theGeorgia Journal of International and Comparative Law. He also holds a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics and obtained a certificate in private and public international law from The Hague Academy of International Law in The Netherlands.


11. Descriptive biographies, including academic credentials and experience, of each faculty member responsible for teaching a course or any portion of a course:

  • Asst. Professor Timothy Meyer joined the Georgia Law faculty in 2010. His research interests focus on questions of institutional design in both public and private international law. Meyer’s current research examines the design of international legislative institutions; the fragmentation of international energy governance and the relationship between international energy institutions and climate change institutions; why states choose to codify customary international law; and why states create non-binding "soft law" obligations, rather than binding treaty obligations. Meyer's work has appeared in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the California Law Review, the Journal of Legal Analysis and the Harvard International Law Journal, among others. Before coming to Athens, he practiced law for several years at the U.S. Department of State Office of the Legal Adviser, where he represented the United States in commercial arbitrations and real property transactions all over the world. In addition, Meyer represented the United States in negotiations with a number of foreign governments on diplomatic law issues. Before joining the State Department, he served as a judicial clerk to Judge Neil M. Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. Meyer earned his B.A. and M.A. in history from Stanford University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. and Ph.D. in jurisprudence and social policy from the University of California, Berkeley.  While at Berkeley, he held a Public Policy and Nuclear Threats Fellowship from the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.
  • Professor Yu Lingyun, B.A. Nanjing University,  J.D., LL.M., Ph.D. Renmin (People's) University School of Law. Prof. Yu is the instructor of record for the Introduction to the Chinese Legal System course. He has been a Professor of Law and Vice Dean and Director of the Public Law Center at Tsinghua University School of Law since 2006. Formerly he served as Vice-Dean for the Department of Security Protection Law at the Chinese People’s Public Security University (2005-06) and as the Deputy Director of the Research Management Office of the Chinese People’s Public Security Office (2004-05). In addition, he has been a visiting professor at several leading universities abroad, including Sciences PO (France), Utrecht University (Netherlands) and the University of Cambridge (UK).
  • Associate Professor and Vice Dean Xu Xiaobing has received the following degrees: B.A. Zhengzhou University, LL.M. Foreign Affairs College, Beijing, LL.M. Harvard Law School, J.S.D. Stanford Law School. Prof. Xu is the Instructor of Record for the course on Chinese Commercial Law and the Director of the International Programs Office at Koguan Law School. Prof. Xu’s specialty is Public International Law and he is a member of the Council, Chinese Society of International Law and has been a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 1995-1998; a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University School of Law, 1995;  a Visiting Fellow/Scholar at the Human Rights Program/East Asian Legal Studies of Harvard Law School, 1992-93; as well as a Lecturer on International Law/Deputy Director at the International Law Institute of the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing, 1985-91.

Guest Lecturers

  • Associate Professor Feng Shujie, B.A. Shandong University, LL.M. Renmin (People's) University, LL.M., Ph.D. University of Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne.
  • Associate Professor Geng Lin, LL.B., Shandong University, LL.M. Jinlin University, Ph.D. Tsinghua University.
  • Professor and Dean Wang Zhenmin, LL.B. Zhengzhou University, LL.M., Ph.D. Renmin (People’s) University.
  • Assoc. Prof. Lu Xiao-Jie, Bachelor of Engineering, Tsinghua University, Department of Electrical Engineering, Beijing; Master of Law, Civil and Commercial Law, Tsinghua University School of Law, Beijing, LL.D., International Business and Commercial Law, Kyushu University, Japan.

12. Name, address, telephone, e-mail and fax number of an informed contact person at (each of) the sponsoring law school(s):

Dr. Laura Tate Kagel
 
Assistant Director
 
Dean Rusk Center for International Law & Policy
 
232 Dean Rusk Hall
 
University of Georgia School of Law
 
Athens, GA 30602
 
Phone: 706-542-5141
 
Fax: 706-542-7822
 
 
 
Dr. Laura Kagel, the program’s administrator, will provide her contact information with in-country mobile telephone number, as well as that of the director, C. Donald Johnson, to all participants and will be available to them throughout the program.

Dr. Laura Kagel, the program’s administrator, will provide her contact information with in-country mobile telephone number, as well as that of the director, C. Donald Johnson, to all participants and will be available to them throughout the program.


13. Complete statement of all tuition, fees, anticipated living costs, and other expected expenses:

University of Georgia tuition rates for summer programs are set in April.

Tuition and Fees:

$2,950

Program Fee:

$500

Application Fee:

$300 

 

 

Visiting student fee*: 

$250

*Visiting Students pay an additional $250.00. This fee is waived for Georgia residents, students in the University of Georgia system or member institutions of the SEC. This fee is charged in lieu of higher out-of-state tuition rates, since "visiting" students participating in UGA study abroad programs are charged in-state tuition rates rather than out-of-state rates.

 

Estimated Total - $3,750  (visiting students: $4,000) Includes class instruction, educational materials, opening reception and farewell dinner, travel insurance, and all organized legal and cultural visits; does not include passport and visa fees, airfare, housing, laundry, most meals.

 

Estimated Total Program Cost 2014 (subject to change)

Tuition & fees (see above for details*)

$3,750 ($4,000 for visiting students)

Airfare to China (roundtrip)

$1,900

Visa

$    200

Lodging (based on double occupancy)

$ 1,000 (an additional $1,000 for single occupancy)

Meals

$    680

Incidentals

$    300

Travel from Beijing to Shanghai

$    150

Total

$  7,980  ($8,225 for visiting students)


14. Description and location of classrooms and administrative offices:

All classes will take place in modern air-conditioned classrooms with WiFi access on the campuses of Tsinghua University School of Law in Beijing and Shanghai Jiao Tong University Koguan Law School in Shanghai. Administrative offices are listed under #12.


15. The extent to which the country, city, and facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities:

Public access accommodation in China is not equivalent to standards in the U.S. Persons with disabilities should discuss any concerns with the Dean Rusk Center assistant director, Dr. Laura Tate Kagel. Travelers with disabilities should review the U.S. Department of State’s website at www.travel.state.gov for links to the Country Specific Information for China, and at www.travel.state.gov/travel/tips/health/health_4971.html for additional information and resources.


16. Circumstances under which the program is subject to cancellation, how cancellation will be

communicated to the student; what arrangements will be made in the event of cancellation, and

information about any prior cancellations, if any:

The University of Georgia School of Law reserves the right to cancel for insufficient enrollment (under 12 for credit participants) or under extraordinary circumstances such as natural disaster, war, political instability or emergency.  In such an event, students will be notified by email and receive a full refund, including the deposit, within twenty (20) days after the cancellation. If requested, the program director will use best efforts to arrange for applicants to enroll in a similar program.

If changes in the course offerings or other significant aspects of the program occur, or if, during the course of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Alert is issued for either of the countries in which the program is being conducted, students will be notified promptly personally or by email and given an opportunity to withdraw from the program. Applicants who have paid a deposit or registered for the program and withdrawn under any such circumstances will be refunded fees paid except for room and board payments utilized prior to the date of withdrawal or termination.


17. State Department Travel Information:

US Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov

Travel Warning and Alerts website: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings.html

Travel Warnings are issued when long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable lead the State Department to recommend that Americans avoid or consider the risk of travel to that country. A Travel Warning is also issued when the U.S. Government’s ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff.

Travel Alerts are issued to disseminate information about short-term conditions, either transnational or within a particular country, that pose significant risks to the security of U.S. citizens. Natural disasters, terrorist attacks, coups, anniversaries of terrorist events, election-related demonstrations or violence, and high-profile events such as international conferences or regional sports events are examples of conditions that might generate a Travel Alert.

China-Specific Information website:
http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/china.html


18. Refund policy in the event of student withdrawal as permitted in Section VII, or program

cancellation or termination:

If changes in the course offerings or other significant aspects of the program occur, or if, during the course of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning or Alert is issued for either of the countries in which the program is being conducted, students will be notified promptly personally or by email and given an opportunity to withdraw from the program. Applicants who have paid a deposit or registered for the program and withdrawn under any such circumstances will be refunded fees paid except for room and board payments utilized prior to the date of withdrawal or termination.


19. Description of the housing made available by the program (See criterion VI.F.):

The Georgia Law Summer Program in China will arrange suitable housing at discounted prices for participants. If participants wish to arrange their own housing, or would prefer a single room or a specific roommate, they are asked to inform the Rusk Center Assistant Director, Dr. Laura Kagel. Participants are responsible for paying hotel bills and splitting costs with roommates. Housing costs are estimated and may fluctuate due to changes in foreign currency. Double occupancy cannot be guaranteed.

  • Beijing = approx. $40-50/day per person for double occupancy. Single occupancy=approx. $85/day. This recommended hotel has comfortable, modern rooms which include air conditioning and internet access. Breakfast is included. Uniscenter Hotel, Building 10, No.1, East Road of ZhongGuanCun, HaiDian District, Beijing, P.R. China.
  • Shanghai = approx. $35/day per person for double occupancy.  Single occupancy=approx. $70/day. Comfortable, modern rooms at this recommended hotel include air conditioning and internet access.  Breakfast is included. Shanghai Jiao Tong University Faculty Club, 1954 Huashan Road, Shanghai 200030, P.R. China.