In this age of globalization, the School of Law endeavours to develop close links with universities and institutions on the Mainland, in Europe, North America and across the Asia-Pacific region, in the form of staff and student exchanges, joint research, co-sponsorship of conferences and symposia, etc.
The School of Law of City University of Hong Kong has concluded a tripartite arrangement with the National Judges College of the Supreme People’s Court of China and Columbia Law School for the further education of judges from the mainland of China.
The arrangement relates to the admission of 30 Chinese judges to the LLM programme offered by the CityU School of Law every year. The National Judges College will nominate a group of Chinese judges for selection by the School of Law. The School will then select 30 judges among the group for admission to its LLM programme. During their studies at CityU, the judges will spend a month at Columbia Law School. The programme of study at Columbia Law School consists of a tailor-made course to be conducted by senior professors and a study tour to Washington D.C., which includes visits to the U.S. Congress, the Supreme Court, the Department of Justice, etc.
The Fu Tak Iam Foundation has made a donation as full sponsorship for the tuition fee, study tour and living expenses of the Chinese judges to support their studies at CityU for the LLM degree.
In addition to the LLM Programme for Chinese Judges, the School of Law has also reached an agreement with the National Judges College of the Supreme People’s Court of China for the further education of senior judges from Mainland China.
Under the agreement, the Supreme People’s Court of China will nominate 30 to 35 senior judges to participate in a four-week programme organized by the CityU School of Law. The programme, to be organized two times a year, will give the senior judges a good understanding of the common law system, in particular the function and operation of case law, and include visits to various law enforcement bodies in Hong Kong.
JSM has made a donation to the programme. The CityU School of Law is grateful for their support and generority.
The School signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United NationsConference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on 10 March 2008, which covers cooperation for training and capacity building in the field of international dispute resolution. This MoU is the first agreement that UNCTAD has ever signed with a university in the Asia-Pacific region on dispute settlement.
The School launched the Global Legal Education and Awareness Project (G-LEAP) in October 2007, the objective of which is to promote excellence in legal education with a view to providing opportunities for our law students to have a global perspective in the study of law. Under G-LEAP, the School signed an agreement with the Faculty of Law of Monash University and University College, Oxford on 15 October 2007 and 27 February 2008 respectively. The agreements provide CityU law students the opportunity to study a course for one month at the Monash University in Australia and University College, Oxford in the U.K.