The Institute's inaugural Roundtable focused
China's accession to the World Trade Organization. Five leading
Chinese academics, a judge from the Supreme People's Court, the
Director of WTO Legal Affairs at China's Ministry of Foreign Trade
and Economic Cooperation, and a leading practitioner (and former
diplomat) to spend approximately one month during the summer of
2002 at Temple.
During their stay, the Chinese visitors engaged
in extensive legal research and study related to the WTO. This
multi-dimensional study included a lively series of "brown bag"
lunch-time seminars presented by Temple faculty, including
presentations on WTO law by Professor Jeffrey Dunoff; on electronic
commerce law by Professor Amy Boss; on the nature of legal
reasoning by Professor Richard Greenstein; on current developments
at the U.S. Supreme Court by Professor Laura Little; and on
judicial review by Dean Robert Reinstein.
Faculty from other schools also participated.
University of Pennsylvania Law School Professor Jacques de Lisle
presented a talk on the "myths" surrounding China's WTO accession;
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy Professor Joel Trachtman gave
a talk on the economic analysis of international law; and Wharton
School Professor Edward Swaine delivered a paper on federalism and
the relationships between international and domestic law.
The Institute also arranged a series of meetings
with government officials and others directly engaged in U.S.-China
trade relations. In a series of briefings in Washington, D.C., the
Chinese scholars had in-depth discussions with senior staff from
the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, with
businesspeople engaged in international trade at the U.S.-China
Business Council, and with attorneys from the Office of the United
States Trade Representative and the Commerce Department's Office of
Chief Counsel for International Commerce with responsibility for
U.S.-China trade issues. A series of events in Philadelphia
included a visit to the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, a tour of
historic Philadelphia, and an evening enjoying America's national
pastime: a Phillies baseball game at Veteran's Stadium.
To conclude their stay, the Chinese scholars
presented their research to North American-based WTO experts during
a two day "Roundtable." Dr. Sylvia Ostry, Distinguished Research
Fellow at the Centre for International Studies at the University of
Toronto, and formerly Canada's Deputy Minister of International
Trade and Ambassador for Multilateral Trade Negotiations, presented
a keynote address at the Roundtable and participated in the
Roundtable discussion. Other commentators included several legal
scholars and individuals from the private sector, international
organizations, policy institutes and trade ministries.
The papers resulting from the Roundtable were
published in Spring 2003 in a symposium issue of the Temple International and Comparative
Law Journal, accompanied by a short introduction and summary of
the 2002 U.S.-China Roundtable by Institute Co-Directors Professors
Amy Boss and Jeff Dunoff, 17 Temp. Int'l & Comp L.J. 97 (2003),
and a commentary on China's involvement in the WTO by Steve
Charnovitz, 17 Temp. Int'l & Comp. L.J. 105 (2003).
- China Private International Law Roundtable
U.S.-China Environmental Law and Policy Roundtable
U.S.-China Internet Law and Commerce Roundtable
2002 U.S.-China WTO