Temple's Institute for International Law and
Public Policy is committed to developing innovative means for
fostering international legal dialogue and scholarship. Pursuant to
this commitment, the Institute sponsors a series of "Roundtable"
seminars and discussions on various cutting-edge international law
issues. For each "Roundtable," the Institute invites leading
scholars and practitioners from around the globe to engage in
scholarly research and dialogue. The U.S.-China Internet Law and
Commerce Roundtable will be the second in this ground-breaking
The advent of the Internet poses challenges
globally to countries confronting the extent to which the Internet
requires new or different laws or regulation. The Internet Law and
Commerce Roundtable has enabled seven carefully selected Chinese
scholars to participate in an intensive month-long period of
multi-dimensional study, engaging in dialogue with other academics,
government officials, and practitioners with the hope of increasing
mutual understanding on important emerging issues in Internet law.
Our scholars have included two deans, a judge on the Supreme
People's Court, along with four distinguished scholars all of whom
are well-known in China. Their stay has been supplemented by a
lively series of "brown bag" lunch-time seminars presented by
faculty from Temple and other law schools focused on Internet law
and commerce as well as more general legal topics such as judicial
review and judicial independence. In addition, the Institute
arranged a series of briefings in Washington, D.C. for the Chinese
scholars; the Chinese had in-depth discussions with senior staff
from the Patent and Trademark Office, attorneys from the
International Trade Administration, Office of Information
Technologies and Electronic Commerce, the National
Telecommunications and Information Administration, and the Commerce
Department's Office of Chief Counsel for International Commerce
with responsibility for U.S.-China trade issues. The scholars also
met with representatives of industry as well as the former United
States Trade Representative.
The Roundtable on July 28th and 29th represented
the culmination of the Chinese scholars' work in the United States.
The diverse group of commentators included legal scholars and
individuals from the private sector, international organizations,
policy institutes and government.
The Chinese participants will be publishing
their papers in the Temple
International and Comparative Law Journal.
- 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