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Professor Wilson Visits China, Hosts Sun Yat-sen Law Students
IU McKinney Law Professor Tom Wilson, director of the Joint Center for Asian Law Studies, Chinese Law Summer Program (CLSP), and the American Law for Foreign Lawyers LL.M. track, has had another busy summer.
He traveled to China in May and June, where the CLSP attracted the highest number of students in the program’s 26-year history. A total of 46 students, including one from the Philippines, completed the program held at Renmin University of China Law School in Beijing, from May 18 through June 16.
Professor Wilson and Vice Dean Antony Page took part in a roundtable discussion on legal education in China on May 26 at Renmin. The goal of the discussion was to explore possible reforms to legal education in China.
Professor Wilson also led the CLSP students at the Third Annual International Forum for Law Students, held May 27. Professor Wilson coached seven students, who made presentations on the Forum’s theme of “Legal Studies Beyond Borders.”
That same day, Professor Wilson and Professor Ding Xiangshun, LL.M. ’06, organized a reunion for the more than 120 Chinese nationals who have earned degrees at the IU McKinney School of Law since May 2003. The event was held for an overflow crowd in Beijing.
Professor Wilson also organized and led the Third Sino-U.S. Law Conference, held on June 11 at the National Judges College of the People’s Republic of China in Beijing. Judges from the U.S. and China discussed the challenges they face and compared their judging methods. Representing the Indiana judiciary were Professor Frank Sullivan, who then was an Indiana Supreme Court Justice; Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David, ’82, and Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Patricia Riley, ’74.
Professor Wilson was invited to deliver a lecture at Nanjing Normal University Law School on June 12, where he compared the American jury system with the Chinese law assessor system.
Professor Wilson then oversaw the inaugural Summer Program in U.S. Law for 14 students and professors from Sun Yat-sen University Law School held in Indianapolis from July 31 through August 11. The program is a partnership of the two law schools and will be offered annually. The group from Sun Yat-sen Law attended classes taught by professors Wilson, George Wright, Carlton Waterhouse, Gerard Magliocca, and Shawn Boyne. Subjects covered included the American legal system, U.S. constitutional law, administrative law, and criminal law.