Professor Wilson Leads Chinese Law Summer Students at the 3rd International Forum for Law Students
Professor Tom Wilson coached seven law students who made presentations at the 3rd Annual International Forum for Law Students, which was held on May 27, 2012, at the Renmin University of China Law School in Beijing. The theme of the Forum was Legal Studies Beyond Borders. Student speakers researched issues relating to transnational legal education and the transnational practice of law. In addition to eight student speakers from China, seven students enrolled in the law school’s Chinese Law Summer Program made presentations, including five from the IU McKinney School of Law: Sukrat Baber, Tarah M.C. Baldwin, Amanda Miller, Corinne Purvis, and Daniel Wegg. The issues discussed at the forum were wide-ranging and included (1) the importance of legal cultural immersion for transnational law practice, (2) the ethics of outsourcing legal work to foreign countries, (3) a case study of international legal education methods developed at Maastricht University, (4) practice challenges posed by the mixed civil-common law system of the Philippines, (5) a legal education pedagogy based on “stateless” law; (6) a role for social scientists in the transnational practice of law, and (7) dual degree programs at U.S. and Canadian law schools.
The International Forum for Law Students series was founded in 2010 and is a product of collaboration between Professor Wilson and Renmin University of China Law School professor Ding Xiangshun (IU McKinney School of Law, LL.M. ’06). The Forums are sponsored by the Joint Center for Asian Law Studies, which is based at the IU McKinney School of Law and the Renmin University of China Law School in Beijing. Information about prior International Law Forums is available online here and here.