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November 18, 2011 8:30am - 12:30pm

Room 190

About the event: China’s reform and opening up since 1978 brought a massive transformation of Chinese economy and society, reflected in the transformation of its legal and judicial system and institutions. With rapid and far-reaching economic growth and societal change, disputes have multiplied, as have the avenues for dispute resolution. Expansion of foreign trade and investment and commerce has also expanded the potential for related disputes with foreign parties.

The Conference will focus on recent developments in the court system, mediation and administrative review, in the context of China’s overall legal and judicial reform. Three panelists visiting SLS this fall in the JAMS program, Judge Jiang Heping, Prof. Wei-Min Lee, and Chen Guang will update participants on new trends, joined by three international experts on Chinese law, Natalie Lichtenstein, Mei Gechlik, and Tom Klitgaard. SLS faculty Janet Martinez and Stephanie Smith will address the China experience and reforms within the paradigms of dispute system design.

About the panelists:

Judge Jiang (Michael) Heping is the Chief Judge of the Dongguan Municipal No. 2 People’s Court in the Guangdong Province, First Civil Division, designated a Court for National ADR Initiatives by the Supreme People’s Court.

Wei-Min (Andrew) Lee is the President of the Leading Negotiation Institute in Beijing and started China’s first National University English Language Negotiation Competition. Mr. Lee intends to establish a law school training program for neutrals and negotiators to further develop ADR pedagogy in China.

Natalie Lichtenstein recently retired after nearly 30 years as a lawyer at the World Bank. She is now a Lecturer in China Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School.

Mei Gechlik is a Lecturer at Stanford Law School and the Director of the China Guiding Cases Project at Stanford.

Chen (Dawn) Guang currently serves as an arbitrator/mediator on the Beijing Arbitration Commission in China.

Tom Klitgaard, Partner at Dillingham & Murphy, LLP, is an experienced arbitrator and mediator who started working with the Chinese Government (Shanghai) in 1980. Tom has worked as an attorney and a consultant with a range of American companies and business enterprises seeking to enter China and to do business there. He is an Adjunct Professor of Asian Law at the University of San Francisco.

Janet Martinez is a Senior Lecturer in Law and Director of the Gould Program on Negotiation and Mediation at Stanford Law School.

Stephanie Smith is a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School. Ms. Smith was the first Director of ADR Programs for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Questions? Email or call (650) 723 4020.