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 >  CESL Students Visiting Law Firms within Their Elective Course on Cross-border Investment
The CESL students of the MEIL Programme studying their elective courses in Beijing had a chance to attend three interesting lectures provided by legal practitioners dealing with China-Europe cross boarder investment issues.

On 29th of April, CESL students, accompanied by Assistant Professor Monika Prusinowska, visited WZR Beijing Ltd., the Beijing branch of a midsize German law firm. Dr. Florian Kessler, the executive director of WZR Beijing, gave a lecture on conducting legal due diligence in a Sino-Eurpean M&A context.

The students were given the theoretical background necessary to understand the importance of a thorough due diligence. Furthermore, Dr. Kessler explained the relevant issues that need to be covered by a legal due diligence, as well as the problem that may occur and illustrated these with practical examples from his working background. Throughout and after the lecture, the students were given the opportunity to ask questions and engaged into a vivid discussion with the lecturer on topics such as cultural differences between China and Europe in approaching due diligence.

On 30th of April, the students again accompanied by Assistant Professor Monika Prusinowska, had an invaluable opportunity to attend a lecture conducted by a Senior Associate of a reputable internationally operating law firm Taylor Wessing – Mr. Ingo Vinck.

The topic of the lecture was M&A Negotiations and it gave a sufficient practical insight on the process of negotiating an M&A deal. Students were delighted to have a chance to communicate with a professional with large experience in cross-border transactions. Essentially, the issues covered by the lecturer were the following: what questions should be raised during negotiations after conducting due diligence of a target company and how to negotiate them. The lecturer provided students with a real life example of a deal being negotiated which illustrated how complicated the process is and how many issues need to be considered and solved in order to close an M&A deal. Also, the students had a chance to find out about typical findings of legal due diligence of Chinese companies, which demonstrated typical issues foreign investors might face while investing in China. Based on his rich experience, Mr. Ingo Vinck provided the students with golden rules on how to negotiate M&A deals.

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On May 5, 2015, CESL students accompanied by Dr. Francisco Costa-Cabral paid a visit to a Spanish law firm Uría Menéndez and took a lecture on M&A Environment in Europe and Basic Legal Issues in Cross-Border M&A Deals provided by three lawyers.

Before the lecture began, the partner Francisco Martinez Boluda, briefly introduced the law firm and its current business in China. Subsequently, the three lawyers - one Spanish and two Chinese - began with lecturing. First, they introduced the European economic environment and the way it affects M&A transactions. Secondly, the lawyers introduced legal issue that should be taken into consideration in M&A cases, including antitrust law, labor law, IP law, corporation law, as well as tax law considerations. Finally, the lawyers introduced some strategic issues in outbound investment, such as how to choose between asset deal and share deal or price adjustment clause. The lecture was followed by numerous questions handled interestingly by the lecturers.

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Having the exposure to the practitioners in the relevant field of law, CESL students gained meaningful knowledge and were able to see the topics they studied during the last couple of weeks from a practical perspective. The lectures were held in a friendly, engaging atmosphere and the students showed their interest discussing the topic even after the official end of the lectures. They were also happy to receive advice on their future careers.

Article by LIU Shaoyu (CESL Double Master's students from the 2013 intake)
                 Marek Bruno Ulrik Beck and Nataliia Chernenko (CESL MEIL students from the 2014 intake)
 >  Maastricht University Professor Oswald Jansen Paid Visit to CESL
On the morning of May 7, 2015, Professor Oswald Jansen from Maastricht University, the Netherlands, paid a visit to the China-EU School of Law. Professor Jansen gave a lecture on ” Administrative sanctions between administrative law and criminal law: an European approach” in Room 306 of Mingfa Building, Changping Campus. The lecture was hosted by Dr. Clemens Richter, the European Co-dean of CESL.

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Before the lecture formally started, Dr. Richter gave a warm welcome to Professor Oswald Jansen and briefly introduced the topic of the lecture. Professor Jansen started his lecture referring to the differences and inner links between administrative law and criminal law and then discussed the following parts: the definition of administrative sanction, the criminal and administrative law division, the general principles applied in the administrative sanction system, rights of defence in administrative sanctioning system, the organization of sanctioning power and other relevant powers, like investigation and inspection. In the latter part of the lecture, Professor Jansen briefly referred to the issue of judicial review of administrative sanctions in connection with Article 6 and Article 13 of European Convention of Human Rights and made a comparison between the review offered by administrative and criminal courts.

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After the lecture, the CESL students raised their questions on how the administrative courts guarantee the justice of judicial review and under what circumstance would citizens benefit from the right of silence during inspections carried out by administrative authorities rofessor Jansen kindly and patiently answered the questions.

Article by ZHANG Yaguang (CESL master student from 2014 intake)
 >  Successful Start of CESL’s Lecture Series Entitled “Contemporary Chinese Law”
On May 6th, 2015, a lecture series organized by CESL on “Contemporary Chinese Law” made its debut in Room 305, Mingfa Building, Changping Campus. Several renowned scholars and professors will be invited to deliver lectures in this series, including Professor Ma Huaide, vice president at China University of Political Science and Law, who was invited for the kickoff hosted by Professor Liu Fei, Chinese Co-Dean of China-EU School of Law. Prof. Ma provided students with a profound insight into China’s basic national policy – “Rule of Law” from four aspects.

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Background and value: From initiative proposal of it at 15th Party Congress to continuous emphasis on it at 18th Party Congress, “Rule of Law” has been put in the limelight, inspiring a lot of people in jurisprudential circle. It does bear large quantities of value: it is symbolic of a country’s political civilization; it promotes and safeguards China’s deepening of economic reform; it strengthens restraint on public power and protection of private rights.

Difficulties: Yet nowadays China confronts various obstacles in the process of pushing forward “rule of law”, such as an unsound legal system, undesirable outcome of enforcement of law and the whole society’s weak concept of “rule of law”.

Unprecedented Challenges: In addition to these difficulties, citizens’ ever growing awareness of safeguarding their rights, the increasingly important role of new media and social contractions’ inclination toward extremism and violence also present unprecedented challenges to the implementation of “rule of law”.

Urgent tasks: Consequently, Prof. Ma summarized several tasks in the face of these difficulties and challenges: scientific legislation which leads to a sound legal system; establishment of the authority of law and enhancement of the whole nation’s belief in law.

By the end of the lecture, Prof. Ma patiently clarified questions raised by some students in details. Eventually, the first lecture of CESL’s “Contemporary Chinese Law” series of lectures was concluded in warm applause.

Written and Translated by Wang Feisi, master student from 2014 instake
 >  Review of the 3rd Week of MEIL Elective at the Jagiellonian University
From April 27 to May 1, 20 graduate students of Master in European and International Law Programme enjoyed the third week of the elective coursesoffered by the Jagiellonian University inKrakow (the JU). Itwasalso the last week of courses of the whole elective module.

On April 27, CESL students were invited to join the FDI Moot Court group discussion ofthe students of the JU and lawyers from the local famous law firms. The discussion lasted for 1.5 hour and all the students enjoyed the active bilateral interaction related tojurisdictional issues and applicable law of the FDI Moot Courtcase.

On April 28, Prof.MarekPorzycki gavethe second lecture on PolishCommercial Law. As an expert and drafter of the new Polish Insolvency Law(2015, Prof.Porzycki talked about the reform’s background and the new rules of insolvency law, for example the abolishing of the priority role of taxes and the introductionof consumer insolvency. Subsequently,PrzemyslawRoguski, the CESL program coordinator at the JU, delivered his last lecture onInternational Investment Law. Through the case study, the students couldlearn how to solve international investment disputes in different ways, such as diplomatic protection, domestic litigation and arbitration.

On April 29, Prof.FranciszekLongchamps de Berier offered the lecture”Rome, Athens, Jerusalem and the Pillars of Western Legal Civilization”, expressing the relationship betweenGreek classical philosophy, Roman law, Catholic religion and modern European legal society. Besides being an academic, Prof.Longchamps de Berier is also a priest. He visited CUPL in the pastand knowsChinese society quite well. His pleasant way of teaching really impressed CESL students.
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CESL students with Prof. Franciszek Longchamps de Berier, Prof. Przemyslaw Roguski and  Ms YU Yang

On the afternoon of April 30, the JU invited Ms YU Yang, the representative of China–Poland Cooperation Center, to present the last lecture- China Foreign Investment and the Investment Advantages in Poland. The twohours speech focused on the Chinese overseas investment policies and the recent development of Poland as a member of the European Union.

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Ms YU Yang gave lecture

After all the lectures, the students from the Asian Law Study Groupat the JU organized a short workshop for CESL students. This was a great opportunity to develop communication and exchange thoughts between Polish and Chinese students.
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CESL students with the students from the Asian Law Study Group at the JU

Article by CHEN Qiongyan (CESL Double Master's students from the 2013 intake)

Report No. 1: Elective at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow Began

Report No. 2: CESL Students' Elective at the Jagiellonian University
 >  CJEU Moot Court Tutorials: Review of the 3rd Week of Elective in Bologna
From April 27 to 30, it was the last week of lectures and tutorials in Bologna. Dott.  Alberto Jiménez-Piernas and Dott. Dmitri Zdobnõh, PhD candidates in European Law at University of Bologna, gave lectures on the topic of "The EU and Corporate Social Responsibility in the International Scenario” and “Rules, Powers and Delegation” respectively. Dott. Giovanni Zaccaroni, who was responsible for academic organization, not only gave a series of lectures on “The EU as a Constitutional Legal Order”, but also organized 4 rounds of moot court competition.

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Dott. Dmitri Zdobnõh and Dott.  Alberto Jiménez-Piernas gave lectures

This moot court competition set the Court of Justice of European Union as the background, with Dott. Giovanni Zaccaroni, Dott. Susanna Villani and Ms. Pan Chenwei as judges. Students were divided into four groups, respectively representing the Advocate-General, EU Commision, Member State and the Applicant. The competition was subdivided into four rounds and each round was focused on one particular case. Each of the rounds started with a draw by the group leaders, indicating which party their group was going to represent. Fast reading, discussion on facts, analysis of issues, finding legal bases and presentation of legal reasoning were all conducted within the competition. Tough as the competition was, each student had a chance to present the case at least once. Finally, the group of LI Ruifeng, CHEN Jinglu, LI Chunxia, LIU Rongyuan, SHEN Li and Ana Trigo won the moot competition.

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Moot Competitions

With the ending of moot competiton, the lecture part of elective in Bologna also ended. Students willconduct  individual research for the remaining week.

Article by PAN Chenwei


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