ALB Update 1/27/09

Posted on January 27, 2009 at 9:01 PM

ALB LogoThe People’s Republic has really been internationalizing its legal system. The following are summaries of the ALB Legal News articles detailing the progress it has made:

The Anti-Monopoly Bureau of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (AMB) has created a new set of guidelines that are more consistent with practices in other developed jurisdictions like the United States and the European Union.

  • The new guidelines essentially will establish more work for law firms in domestic mergers and acquisitions.
  • More of the work will be in the prefiling stage, as changes have been made in consultation drafts and merger filing templates.
  • With this heightened transparency, law firms will be better positioned to give clients appropriate advice.

The Shanghai Bar Association (SBA) and the Law Society of England and Wales (LSEW) have signed a strategic alliance to improve cooperation between Shanghai and foreign lawyers.

  • There is a more urgent need for internationally qualified lawyers in Shanghai, thanks to the upcoming World Expo 2010. The first joint venture between the SBA and LSEW will be in March as Shanghai shipping lawyers will meet at the LSEW.
  • The LSEW will create new business opportunities for the UK as they will recommend it to Chinese lawyers and companies a good jurisdiction to pursue international dispute resolution.
  • The SBA has long been focusing on strengthening their connections and relationships with bars of various other developed jurisdictions.

The School of Law at City University in Hong Kong (CityU) has launched a special Master of Laws program for 30 judges in Hong Kong by partnering with the National Judges College of the Supreme People’s Court of the PRC and Columbia Law School.

  • This program organized by the PRC authorities in order to expand China’s knowledge of international law.
  • During their one year curriculum, judges will have a chance to study abroad at Columbia law school for one month. During this time, they will visit Washington DC, the US Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Department of Justice.
  • The will be the first time that China’s authorities will arrange for Chinese judges to broaden their knowledge outside of the country at the postgraduate stage.

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