Greater China Legal History Seminars at CUHK Law

Seminar on “Party Ideology in Mainland Chinese Court Decisions since 1979” by Professor Björn Ahl

On 26 October 2018, Professor Björn Ahl of the University of Cologne delivered this CPD seminar at the CUHK Graduate Law Centre. Beginning with an introduction on the findings of his quantitative research, which was conducted by reviewing a large number of judgements delivered by courts in China from 2010 to 2016, Professor Ahl elaborated on how courts apply the core notions of party policy and the socialist rule of law ideologies in adjudication and underlined the functions of party ideology in the court decisions and the implications of this use. The seminar attracted more than a hundred of participants.

Professor Björn Ahl.

The seminar attracted more than a hundred of participants.

Seminar on “America’s China Spymaster: The life and times of Norwood Allman” by Mr Douglas Clark

On 9 November 2018, CUHK Law hosted another successful full house CPD seminar on “America’s China Spymaster: The life and times of Norwood Allman” by Mr Douglas Clark. In this seminar, Mr Clark presented the colourful life story of an American lawyer, Norwood Allman who had taken up different job placements in China during and after WWII. Allman first came to China as a student interpreter. Soon afterwards, he worked as a consulate officer in various cities in China and later in Tianjin, he became a court clerk and in Shanghai as a judge for different foreign courts. During his career as a lawyer, he was involved in various cases representing parties of different nationals and backgrounds. His encounters revealed vivid stories of and interactions between Chinese and foreigners at the time, and exemplified the very complex legal structure(s) in China before WWII. After his return to the US, he was working closely with the CIA in counter intelligence operations.

Watch this seminar online at http://www.law.cuhk.edu.hk/en/events/greater-china-1819/.

From left: Professor Lutz-Christian Wolff; Mr Douglas Clark (speaker); and Professor Steven Gallagher.

Upcoming Seminars (January – March 2019)

The following Greater China Legal History seminars will be held at 12:30pm at the CUHK Graduate Law Centre in Central. For details, please visit http://www.law.cuhk.edu.hk/en/events/greater-china-1819/.

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