On October 25, 2011, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law students currently visiting Beijing as part of the UM Carey Law-Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) Cooperative Program were welcomed to the professional training event, "International Arbitration: Fitting In – Dos and Don'ts for Chinese Lawyers and Arbitrators."
Headlining the program was a speech by Professor Emeritus Pierre Tercier of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, one of the leading experts on international arbitration. Professor Tercier served for many years as chairman of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce. Other panelists included Dr. Michael J. Moser and Jingzhou Tao, leading experts on China-related arbitration proceedings.
A key topic for the training was how to harmonize Chinese and international arbitration practices in order, among other things, to smooth the transnational collection of evidence and the enforcement of arbitration awards.
"[It's] a unique opportunity to get closer to law practice, to hear the real occupational issues faced by lawyers, arbitrators and the arbitral organizations," said UM Carey Law student and Cooperative Program participant Lacey Douthat.
Appreciations are extended to WunschARB Abitration Advisory Services, the main sponsor of the program, who generously extended an invitation to the China program students.
In the Cooperative Program, selected UM Carey Law students visit CUFE in Beijing during the fall semester to attend English-language law classes of Chinese and comparative law alongside students from China and other countries. In the spring semester, Chinese students join their cohorts back in Baltimore to attend UM Carey Law.
After completion of the program, students are sufficiently equipped to determine whether they want to later research Chinese law on a deeper level or even develop a China-related law practice.
Site visits during this year’s program include the National People’s Congress (China’s legislature), the Beijing Office of Jones Day law firm, the offices of the Beijing-based Zhong Lun law firm, and the Basic People’s Court of Beijing Municipality, where student will observe a Chinese trial.
The application process for Maryland students interested in attending the autumn 2012 Beijing program begins in March 2012. For more information, please visit or contact Program Director and Senior Lecturer Daniel J. Mitterhoff.