ABA Required Disclosures for China Summer Program




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 Takings and Expropriation: A Comparative and International Look.

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): In 2013, ten students from the University of Georgia School of Law and one student from Georgetown University were enrolled. 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 2013,11 Brazilian legal professionals participated in the program on a non-credit basis. We anticipate that several foreign legal professionals will participate in 2015 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: Charlie Xiaochuan Weng, 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.

  • Takings and Expropriation: A Comparative and International Look—1 credit

Instructor of Record: Assoc. Professor Christian Turner, University of Georgia School of Law

Foreign and domestic courts and international arbitral panels similarly confront the problem of regulations that deprive property owners of some value or use of their properties. We examine the similarities and differences among nations and the regimes established by trade agreements in their approach to regulatory takings and governmental expropriation.

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

May 23-June 18, 2014 

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 Takings & Expropriation (T&E)

June 10

9:00-11:00 CCL; 11:00-13:00 T&E

June 11

9:00-11:00 CCL; 11:00-13:00 T&E

June 12

9:00-11:00 CCL

June 13

9:00-12:00 T&E

June 14

9:00-12:00 T&E

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. Attendance policy will be announced during orientation.

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


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:

  • Associate Professor Christian Turner joined Georgia Law in 2007.  His areas of interest are property law, natural resources law and the regulation of knowledge and information. He came to UGA from the Fordham University School of Law, where he was a visiting assistant professor. Previously, he served as an associate at the Wiggin and Dana law firm in Connecticut and as a judicial clerk for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. Turner also interned at the White House Council on Environmental Quality in 2000. His scholarship focuses on the regulation of information, the regulation of natural resources and applying his mathematical training to legal theory. Turner's publications include: "Origin, Scope, and Irrevocability of the Manifest Disregard of the Law Doctrine: Second Circuit Views" in the Quinnipiac Law Review and "Rosetta Stone" in Our Environment, Our Future. Turner graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in mathematics in 1993, where he was named Mathematics Undergraduate of the Year. He earned his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 1999 before graduating from Stanford University with a J.D. in 2002. At Stanford, Turner served as president of the Stanford Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.


  • 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).


  • Assistant Dean Charlie Xiaochuan WENG is a Professor of KoGuan Law School at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. He is among the most promising young scholars in the nation. His work focuses on the intersection of business and law, including the role of capital markets supervisors and the functions of modern corporate law legislation and his work has appeared in top international law journals. Prof. Weng was visiting and working at the Center for the Study of Corporate Law at Yale Law School from 2011 to 2012. He holds a Juridical Science Doctor (S.J.D.) degree, an LL.M. degree and a Wharton certificate from the University of Pennsylvania. He also is alumnus of National University of Singapore (NUS) and East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL).


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.

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.

Estimated UGA Tuition and Fees:


Program Fee:


Non--Refundable Registration Fee:




Visiting student fee*: 


*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 - $4,115  (visiting students: $4,365) Includes class instruction, educational materials, fast train transportation from Beijing to Shanghai, some group meals, 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 2015 (subject to change)

Tuition & fees (see above for details*)

$4,115 ($4,365 for visiting students)

Airfare to China (roundtrip)



$    200

Lodging (based on double occupancy)

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


$    680


$    500




$  8,295  ($8,545 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. University of Georgia administrative offices are listed under #12. Administrative offices of Tsinghua University Law School are located at: Mingli Building, Tsinghua University, Haidian District, Beijing 100084, China. Administrative offices for KoGuan Law School are located at 1954 Huashan Rd., Shanghai 200030, China.

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 for links to the Country Specific Information for China, and at 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.

The Georgia Law Summer Program in China was cancelled in 2014 due to low enrollment.

17. State Department Travel Information:

US Department of State website:

Travel Warning and Alerts website:

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:

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.