Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

International Law Review: 2006 Symposium

Emerging Legal Issues in China

February 16 - 17, 2006

This year's International Law Review Symposium will addresss China's rise as a dominant force in the international arena. As more companies do business in China, they must be aware of the complexities of a legal system very different from the West. Issues involve questions of intellectual property rights, anti-trust regulation, and government ownership of businesses. In addition, issues involving China's healthcare system are also relevant as more people travel to and do business with China. Likewise, China's human rights policies are always a topic for concern when discussing normalized business relations with China.

For more information about the symposium, please contact Ned Fluet efluet@luc.edu. Authors interested in submitting an article for publication in our Spring 2006 symposium issues should contact Features Editor, Jennifer Schmidt jschm8@luc.edu.


Symposium Schedule

Thursday, February 16, 2006

6:00 p.m. - 
6:15 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Kasbeer Hall (25 East Pearson - 15th floor)
6:15 p.m. - 
7:00 p.m.
Keynote Address
Kasbeer Hall

Ying White

7:00 p.m. - 
8:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception
Kasbeer Hall


Friday, February 17, 2006

9:00 a.m. - 
10:00 a.m.
Panel #1 - Corporate Law in Modern China: Challenges and Strategies

Jerold Friedland, Hilary K. Josephs, Edward E. Lehman, C. Peter Theut, and Ying White

10:15 a.m. - 
11:15 a.m.
Panel # 2 - Emerging Legal Issues in Health Law

John Blum, Yanzhong Huang, Ph.D., and Jia Ping

11:30 a.m. - 
12:30 p.m.
Panel #3 - Human Rights in Modern China

Michael Davis, John Foarde, and Margaret Y.K. Woo

12:45 p.m. - 
2:30 p.m.
Luncheon Speech
Kasbeer Hall (25 East Pearson)

William A. Spence



Confirmed Speakers


Ying White

Ms. White is a Counsel in the Legal Vice Presidency/Corporate Finance Group at the World Bank. She advises the World Bank's Treasury Department on the investment of the Bank's pension funds and liquid assets, cash management, debt capital market matters, and financial policies based on the Articles of Agreement establishing the World Bank. Before joining the World Bank, she was an associate at the Washington D.C. office of King & Spalding specializing in international trade law.


John Blum

Professor Blum is the John J. Waldron Research Professor at Loyola University Chicago Law School. He has many years of experience in health law and policy, and is very active in research in these areas, with a particular focus on legal issues in medical quality assurance. Professor Blum is also an adjunct professor of medical humanities in Loyola's Stritch School of Medicine, Department of Medicine.


Michael Davis

Professor Davis is the J. Landis Martin Visiting Professor of Law, Northwestern Law School. Professor Davis has worked for a number of years in the Asian region and beyond on issues of human rights, comparative constitutionalism and development. He is the Chair of both the Human Rights Research Committee of the International Political Science Association and thePacific Rim Interest Group of the American Society of International Law and is on the editorial boards of several human rights journals and book series.


John J. Foarde

Mr. Foarde has been Staff Director (House) of the Congressional-Executive Commission on the People's Republic of China since November 2001. He was Vice President of the U.S.-China Business Council, the principal organization of U.S. corporations and professional firms doing business and investing in China. He was also Executive Director of The China Business Forum, Inc., the Council's research and educational arm, and also served as Coordinator of the U.S.-China Legal Cooperation Fund, a rule-of-law project organized under the auspices of the China Business Forum.


Jerold Friedland

Professor Friedland is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Asian Legal Studies Program atDePaul University College of Law. Professor Friedland specializes in the areas of international business and taxation, and is a well-known expert on partnerships, limited liability companies, and international joint ventures. In recent years, he has focused on business transactions in China and has presented lectures for universities and bar associations throughout that country.


Yanzhong Huang, Ph.D.

Dr. Huang is an Assistant Professor at the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, at Seton Hall University. Dr. Huang is directing the School's Center for Global Health Studies, which examines global health issues from a foreign policy and national security perspective. He teaches courses on global health, bioterrorism, and international security.


Hilary K. Josephs

Professor Josephs is Professor of Law at Syracuse University College of Law. She received a Ph.D. in East Asian languages and civilizations with a specialization in Chinese history and literature. Prior to her law teaching career, she clerked for the Supreme Court of Hawaii and spent several years in private practice in New York City as a corporate attorney. She has published articles on labor law, international law, foreign investment, and comparative law. Her publications include the book Labor Law in China: Choice and Responsibility.


Edward E. Lehman

Mr. Lehman is the Managing Director of Lehman, Lee & Xu, China. An alumnus of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Mr. Lehman founded Lehman, Lee & Xu in 1992 together with other Chinese nationals. He has been selected by his peers as one of the best advisors for banking, intellectual property, finance and foreign direct investment. Asian Legal Business named him one of the top 30 lawyers for 2005 and Mr. Lehman was recently featured in American Lawyer Magazine.


Jia Ping

Mr. Ping is a lawyer and researcher at the Aizhixing Institute of Health Education, Beijing. He participated in the Human Rights Advocates Program at Columbia University's Center for the Study of Human Rights. In China, he is a lawyer working to protect people with or affected by HIV/AIDS, in particular women, sex-workers, migrant workers, drug users, and others who are socially excluded. One of the primary areas of his current work is promoting equal rights for homosexuals.


William A. Spence

Mr. Spence is Senior Counsel at Freeborn & Peters LLP. He has taught law in China and lectured to government agencies about various aspects of American Law. Mr. Spence was appointed as one of two foreign advisors to the State Pharmaceutical Administration of China in 1995 and legal advisor to the Dalian High Tech Industrial Zone in 1998. Additionally, he has been Co-Chairman, Chicago Sister Cities China Committee, appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley and a Member of the Sister Cities Executive Committee.


C. Peter Theut

Mr. Theut is a Shareholder practicing in Butzel Long's Detroit office in the areas of international law, business and corporate law and admiralty and transportation law. He serves as chair of the firm's Global Trade and Transactions Practice and heads the Butzel Long China Practice and Mexico Initiative. As well Mr. Theut serves on the China Alliance, an arrangement of four leading law firms that provide advice and counseling to businesses with interests and operations in the Chinese market.


Margaret Y.K. Woo

Professor Woo is Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law. Professor Woo has published and spoken widely on China's legal reforms. She is the co-editor of East Asian Law - Universal Norms and Local Cultures (Cruzon/Routledge Publishers, 2003), a collection of interdisciplinary studies on the competing tensions of global/local forces on East Asian identities and legal systems. She is also the co-author of American Civil Litigation (Aspen Publishers, forthcoming).