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Drake Law School embraces global connections

September 15, 2008
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Luke Meier

Meier lectures on variety of topics in China

Luke Meier, assistant professor of law, delivered a lecture on tort law and national disasters at the Finance and Economics School at Chongqing Jiaotong University. There, he also spoke to students in the River and Ocean Engineering School about America’s efforts to build major water projects in the western portion of the United States.

Later, at Chongqing University's Law School, Meier addressed the legal aspects of major federal water projects in the United States. He also visited the Southwest University of Political Science and Law to lecture on environmental regulation of water.

After his week in Chongqing, Meier met Yu in Yu's hometown of Hong Kong. Yu hosted Meier on a tour of Hong Kong and arranged a dinner with law professors from the region.

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Professor Yu presents his views on a panel in Hong Kong.

Yu visits China's leading law schools

Peter K. Yu, the Kern Family chair in intellectual property law and director of Drake's Intellectual Property Law Center, delivered two lectures at Fudan University Law School in Shanghai.

The lectures were titled "Legal Transplants in the Digital Age" and "The Chinese Champions and
the Global Game." They were part of the summer program organized by Fudan University and the University of Georgia School of Law.

Yu presented a lecture on criminal enforcement of intellectual property rights at Zhejiang Gong Shang University School of Law in Hangzhou. He also served as a guest lecturer for a summer program organized by Tsinghua University Law School in Beijing and Franklin Pierce Law School in the United States.

In addition, Yu participated in a conference on the WTO dispute settlement process in Beijing. The event featured high-level participants from the World Trade Organization, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and the WTO missions of various developing countries. He presented his forthcoming book chapter on the U.S.-China WTO dispute over enforcement of intellectual property rights.

In July, Yu shared his perspectives on digital copyright reform in Hong Kong on a panel organized by the University of Hong Kong's Journalism and Media Studies Centre. His comments formed the basis of a position paper he recently submitted to the Hong Kong government in response to its public consultation.

Drake welcomes professors and students from Chinese law schools

This fall, professors and students from China are visiting Drake Law School, auditing classes, undertaking research and interacting with faculty and students.

Professor He Ying from the China University of Geosciences in Wuhan and Professor Zheng Wanqing from Zhejiang Gong Shang University School of Law in Hangzhou came to Drake as part of the visiting scholars program of the IP Law Center.

They are joined by Professor Zhang Meishan from Hebei Academy of Agricultural and Forestry Science in Shijiazhuang, who
arrived on campus last January.  All three professors are conducting research on U.S. intellectual property law.

"From the Chinese Cultural Exchange Program to the Center for Global Citizenship, Drake has developed a longstanding and distinguished record of academic exchange and collaboration with Chinese universities," said Yu, who directs the IP Law Center and its visiting scholars program. "We are very excited to have the opportunity to host intellectual property scholars from China."

In addition, two students from Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chongqing -- Huang Ying and Xu Zhen -- are taking classes at Drake, including Criminal Law by Professor Ellen Yee.

Recently, the Law School hosted Professor Yang Xiang of Chongqing Jiaotong University in Chongqing, China, as well as other students from Southwest University.

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Researchers at the Sixth Annual Chinese Internet Research Conference in Hong Kong.

Intellectual Property Law Center holds international conferences in Asia and Europe

This summer, the IP Law Center co-organized the Sixth Annual Chinese Internet Research Conference with the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong. Titled "China and the Internet: Myths and Realities," the event called attention to the need for separating fact from fiction about Internet developments in China.

"People always talk about how much the Internet will change China, but they ignore the fact that developments in China will also affect the Internet," said Yu, who co-founded this annual conference at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California in 2003. "We keep these mutual impacts in mind and bring together researchers from around the world to develop a better understanding of Internet developments in China."

The recent conference attracted more than 100 communications scholars, policy analysts, industry leaders, journalists and legal practitioners from nearly 10 countries around the world.

Following its Asia outreach effort, the IP Law Center co-organized a conference on innovation and communications laws in Finland in July. Held at the University of Turku Faculty of Law, the event explored the role of law in developing solutions to problems that arise
when traditional laws encounter changing technology and consumer behavior.

The conference included more than 30 presenters from internationally-recognized academic institutions:

  • Vanderbilt University Law School
  • University of Ottawa Faculty of Law in Canada
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property in Germany
  • National University of Singapore

Drake's IP Law Center is a leading international hub for research and education in the intellectual property area. In summer 2009, the center will co-organize the 7th Annual Chinese Internet Research Conference with the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. It will also continue its international outreach effort in an "East-meets-West dialogue" conference in Hong Kong. The conference is tentatively titled "In the Age of Digital Convergence: An East-West Dialogue on Law, Media, and Technology."