Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre Road Show – New Rules and Recent Practice (New York stop)

Asia’s role in leading the global economic recovery and the associated shift in investment activity from West to East is contributing to a golden age of arbitration in Asia. Hong Kong, Asia’a premier location for dispute resolution, is increasingly playing host to the resolution of some of the most complex and diverse disputes today.

Join us to explore the short and medium term trends experienced by the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) in the cases it handles, as we look back over the past five years of development and consider what this foretells for the future.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to watch some of Asia’s leading legal minds go head to head with their American counterparts, as they seek victory in a mock arbitration conducted under the new 2013 HKIAC Administered Arbitration Rules (the 2013 Rules). The ability to effectively and efficiently manage complex arbitrations is a key differential between the current collection of leading institutional rules. Enjoy a lively demonstration of the application of Article 28 of the 2013 Rules and how issues of consolidation play out in practice.

Date: 12 June 2014

Time: 3.45-6.30 pm followed by a cocktail reception

Venue: NYIAC, 150 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017

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Fall 2014 INTERNSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT Congressional-Executive Commission on China


Congressional-Executive Commission on China

Deadline: July 1, 2014


The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (www.cecc.gov) is offering paid internships to qualified undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates this coming fall in Washington, D.C. Interns must be U.S. citizens. The application deadline is July 1, 2014 for the Fall 2014 internship that runs from September 1 to December 15, 2014. Fall internships are part-time; interns are expected to work from 15 to 20 hours per week. See application instructions below.

CECC internships provide significant educational and professional experience for undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates with a background in Chinese politics, law, and society, and strong Chinese language skills.

Interns work closely with the Commission and its staff on the full array of issues concerning human rights, the rule of law, and governance in China (including criminal justice, democratic governance institutions, environmental problems, religious freedom, freedom of expression, ethnic minority rights, women’s rights, etc.).

Interns perform important research support tasks (often in Chinese), attend seminars, meet Members of Congress and experts from the United States and abroad, and draft Commission analyses. Click here for CECC analysis of recent developments in the rule of law and human rights in China. Interns may also be trained to work with the Commission’s Political Prisoner Database, which has been accessible by the public since its launch in November 2004 (click here to begin a search).

The CECC staff is committed to interns’ professional development, and holds regular roundtables for interns on important China-related issues.

Fall 2014 interns will be paid $10/hour. Those unable to apply for Fall 2014 internships may apply for the Spring (February-May) or Summer (June-August). Further details are available on the Commission’s Web site at http://www.cecc.gov/pages/general/employ.php.



  • Interns must be U.S. citizens.
  • Interns should have completed at least some China-related coursework. It is also desirable that they have some background in one or more of the specific human rights and rule of law issues in the CECC legislative mandate.
  • Interns should be able to read Chinese well enough to assist with research in newspapers, journals, and on Web sites. More advanced Chinese language capability would be a plus. The successful candidate for an internship often will have lived or studied in mainland China, Hong Kong, or Taiwan.
  • Although our interns are generally undergraduates, graduate students, or recent graduates, others are also welcome to apply.

Application Instructions for Fall 2014:

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for two references, to the CECC via e-mail to Judy Wright, Director of Administration at judy.wright@mail.house.gov by July 1, 2014. Applications must be received by our office no later than 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on July 1. Please discuss in your cover letter how your professional goals, interests, and background relate to the Commission’s legislative mandate regarding human rights and the rule of law in China. No phone calls please.


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SE Asia’s Fishing Industry and The Tohoku Three Year Anniversary

Ya’an Earthquake Anniversary


A year has passed since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Lushan in Sichuan Province, China. There were over 200 people killed, over 10,000 people injured, and hundreds of thousands adversely affected by the earthquake. In total, the disaster caused over 200 deaths, over 10,000 injuries, and affected hundreds of thousands more. Yesterday, Give2Asia released the Ya’an Earthquake Disaster Fund Report  detailing some of our work with Give2Asia’s local partnered organizations

Typhoon Yolanda Recovery Efforts

Last week, a story about Give2Asia’s on-site visit to Guiuan, Eastern Samar was featured in the Positively Filipino Magazine. It includes a first-hand account from Give2Asia’s Philippines Representative, Alexie Mercado, and provides some updates on what Give2Asia’s relief efforts in the region look like. To learn about how you can contribute to the Typhoon Yolanda Recovery Fund, click here.

Upcoming Events

The EMC® Heritage Trust Projectrecognizes and supports local organizations worldwide that advocate the digitalization, preservation and improved access of significant cultural resources. Since it was founded, the program has awarded Heritage Trust grants to 38.

This program awards three grants of  up to $15,000 USD  is open to institutions in India, Japan, Mexico, Philippines and other countries. Applications will be accepted May 7, 2014- June 20, 2014. The top seven finalists will be announced on August 1, 2014. The general public will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite project and the top three winners will be announced on August 27, 2014To learn more, follow this link to the Heritage Trust icon.

May 16-17, 2014 - TiEcon 2014, is one of the largest & longest ongoing conferences focused around entrepreneurship and tech innovation. Ranked alongside Demo, TED and World Economic Forum as one of the top 10 conferences for ideas and entrepreneurship by Worth Magazine.
TiEcon 2014 will focus on the hottest areas of innovation. Friday, May 16 will feature three-full day tracks focusing on Cloud Infrastructure, Big Data and the Internet of Things.  Saturday, May 17 will emphasize best practices for entrepreneurs.

Attendees will hear perspectives of industry luminaries, VCs, and successful entrepreneurs and have opportunities to connect with mentors, find their co-founder counterparts and interact with innovative companies in the Innovation Expo Hall. Give2Asia’s partners and clients save $100 using promocode: TIEG2A. Register now!

Featured Fiscal Sponsorship Partners

Tulay ng Kabataan (TNK) Foundation was founded in street children and children from very poor families gain access to basic human needs and to prepare them for a brighter future through a complete formation, taking into account all human dimensions and skills.The organization runs 4 programs that include running rehabilitation centers for street children, providing training and shelter for the mentally challenged, health programs designed to provide nutrition and health care, and providing education for children living in Manila’s slums.

The Tao Foundation for Culture and Arts was started by a group of artists, educators, social workers and culture enthusiasts to empower the Filipino society through cultural education, research and publications. The Foundation promotes inter-faith and inter-tribal dialogue among different ethno-linguistic groups and faith communities by establishing linkages and partnerships among communities, cultural workers, NGOs, government agencies and the private sector.

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Georgetown Event: Japan

Hiroshima Governor: “The Initiatives of Hiroshima Toward the World Without Nuclear Weapons”

Thursday, April 24 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm 

Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center, ICC 302-P 37th and O St., N.W., Washington

Mr. Hidehiko Yuzaki, Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture in Japan, will speak to Georgetown students and faculty on Hiroshima’s efforts towards global denuclearization.

Mr. Hidehiko Yuzaki is the Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture. He founded ACCA Networks Co, Ltd. and was appointed the Executive Vice President & Representative Director. Prior to this, he served in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry as the Deputy Director, Americas Division, Trade Policy Bureau. He was also the Deputy Director, Nuclear Industry Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy and employed at the Ministry of International Trade and Industry. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University and graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Law.

RSVP Necessary to Attend: http://hiroshimagovernor.eventbrite.com

This event is hosted by the SFS Asian Studies Program.

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Law Asia Career Talk: What about the World Bank?

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USPTO Extends Period to Apply for China IPR Legal Positions

USPTO has extended the deadline to apply for the recently published China IPR legal positions in Washington, DC to April 9:

USPTO has announced a position for US citizens on the China team.  Here is the link:http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/364794400 .  The position requires US citizenship, a law degree, knowledge and experience in intellectual property and the ability to conduct research in Chinese. The position requires a minimum of three years general legal experience and one year specialized legal experience in intellectual property.

USPTO was recognized as the best federal agency to work for in 2013.



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CECC Roundtable: Understanding China’s Crackdown on Rights Advocates: Personal Accounts and Perspectives Tuesday, April 8, 2014 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Senator Sherrod Brown, Chairman and Representative Christopher Smith, Cochairman

of the

Congressional-Executive Commission on China

announce a hearing on

“Understanding China’s Crackdown on Rights Advocates: Personal Accounts and Perspectives”

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Russell Senate Office Building, Room 418

Chinese officials have cracked down on independent rights advocacy, detaining large numbers of individuals for peacefully advocating on issues ranging from combating official corruption and protecting the rights of ethnic minorities to ensuring educational equality for migrant children and seeking greater freedom of the press.  Those detained include Ilham Tohti, a scholar and an advocate for the Uyghur ethnic minority, who sought to build bridges between Uyghurs and the majority Han population. They also include individuals from the New Citizens’ Movement, who have called for social justice, rule of law, and citizen rights.  The detentions are occurring against the backdrop of the Chinese government’s own anti-corruption campaign and stated push for legal reforms.  Witnesses will discuss, among other things, personal accounts of the crackdown as well as its significance for China’s human rights and rule of law development.

The hearing will be webcast live: http://www.cecc.gov/events/hearings/understanding-china%E2%80%99s-crackdown-on-rights-advocates-personal-accounts-and



Jewher Ilham: Daughter of detained Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti


Donald Clarke: David A. Weaver Research Professor of Law, George Washington University School of Law


Dr. Sophie Richardson: China Director, Human Rights Watch


***Additional witnesses may be added


On February 21, 2014, nine members of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) signed a letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping expressing serious concern over the worsening crackdown on rights defenders and civil society activists. The letter is available here: http://go.usa.gov/Kfq3.


The Congressional-Executive Commission on China, established by the U.S.-China Relations Act of 2000 as China prepared to enter the World Trade Organization, is mandated by law to monitor human rights, including worker rights, and the development of the rule of law in China. The Commission by mandate also maintains a database of information on political prisoners in China-individuals who have been imprisoned by the Chinese government for exercising their civil and political rights under China’s Constitution and laws or under China’s international human rights obligations. All of the Commission’s reporting and its Political Prisoner Database are available to the public online via the Commission’s Web site, http://www.cecc.gov.

 Any student who would be interested in attending this Roundtable in the Senate, please email Susan Weld and Brenda Moore at moorebp@law.georgetown.edu.

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Prof. SHEN Wei: From Bilateralism to Multilateralism: China’s BIT Law and Practice – Speech at GULC (Tomorrow!) and Talk on local government debt at GWU Law School

Prof. SHEN Wei of Shanghai Jiaotong University Law School will have a speech tomorrow at McDonough 492, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The Topic is “From Bilateralism to Multilateralism: China’s BIT Law and Practice.” Please come and join us!

Date: April 2

Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Place: McDonough 492 at Georgetown Law Center.


Prof. Shen will also give a talk at GW Law School this Thursday evening. The topic is “Understanding China’s Local Government Debt Crisis: Causes and Solutions (or No Way Out?)”. Click here for a flyer and a bio of Prof. Shen. The talk will be recorded and webcast live; here’s the link for the webcast.

Date: April 3

Time: 6 p.m.

Place: Room 402, Lerner Hall, 2000 H St. NW, Washington, DC (Lerner Hall is where you are when you enter the law school at the 2000 H St. entrance).




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