PALS Professor Ron Brown Participates in International Workshop on Rebalancing China’s Emergent Capitalism: Global Production, Industrial Upgrading and Changing Socio-Economic Regulation at the East-West Center.

PALS Professor Ron Brown gave a talk about “Rebalancing China’s Emergent Capitalism: Labor Law Developments and Workers’ New Voices? Strikes, Arbitration, Litigation, and Collective Negotiations Guangdong Code of Collective Bargaining as National Model?” at the International Workshop on Rebalancing China’s Emergent Capitalism: Global Production, Industrial Upgrading, and Changing Socio-Economic Regulation held at the East-West Center from April 7-8.


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Ron’s paper discussed the legal development of collective bargaining in China and a summary and critique of the new Guangdong Draft Provisions of Collective Bargaining as well as consideration of whether the Draft might serve as a model for national legislation.
Representatives from China, Australia, Germany, France, Mexico, and the U.S. attended the workshop.

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PALS Professor Appointed to APFF/APEC Business Advisory Council CapitalMarkets Workstream As Head of Investor Rights

PALS Professor Charles Booth was appointed head of the Investor Rights in Insolvency Sub-Group of the APFF/APEC Business Advisory Council Capital Markets (Information) Workstream. He chaired the first meeting of this Sub-Group in Hong Kong on March 21.
The next day, Charles spoke about “Hong Kong Personal Insolvency Law” to the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Professional Diploma in Insolvency course.

The following week, Charles lectured to 25 Mongolian judges/trainers about bankruptcy law as part of an International Development Law Organization/European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (IDLO/EBRD) Commercial Law Judicial Training Project in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. He also met with the three Mongolian judges/trainers he is assisting with the drafting of a Mongolian Bankruptcy Law Handbook.

Later in the week, Charles met with U.S. Treasury officials, and also gave a recruitment talk to 10 law students at the National University of Mongolia.


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PALS Professor Mark Levin Interviewed in Wall Street Journal Article on Japanese Judicial Administration

PALS Professor Mark Levin was interviewed for a recent article in the Wall Street Journal about Japanese judicial administration and career education. Among other remarks, Mark was quoted saying: “The life of a Japanese judge is a hard one, there is a lot of work, a lot of pressure. It’s not nearly as glamorous as the life of an American judge.” See “Japanese Judge a Witness to New Jersey Courts” at on March 2 (log-in required).

On Thursday, Mark spoke to members of the Hawaii State Bar Association (HSBA) International Law Section. He presented a recent publication about tobacco control policy in Japan and a preview of a forthcoming article on criminal justice reform in Japan, which is to appear in translation in the June edition of the Japanese public policy journal Sekai.



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PALS Professor Diane Desierto Speaks At International Council for Commercial Arbitration Congress On “Rawlsian Fairness and International Arbitration”

On Tuesday, April 8, PALS Professor Diane Desierto will speak about “Rawlsian Fairness and International Arbitration” as part of the Justice Stream panel on Universal Arbitration at the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) Biennial Congress 2014 in Miami, Fla. She also will participate as a member of the Council’s new Academic Interest Research Group. Diane’s paper will be published in the ICCA 2014 Proceedings published by Kluwer Law International.

On Tuesday, April 15, Diane will spoke about “Global Crises, Responses, and International Law” at the Harvard Club of Hawaiʻi. Her talk will discuss uses of force, interventions, sanctions short of force, and self-determination issues in the Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Mali, and East Asia.

Diane’s article, “Growth versus Austerity: Protecting, Fulfilling, and Respecting the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) during Economic Crises” was invoked in the 2014 Legal Opinion, “Human Rights in Times of Austerity Policy,” commissioned by the Vienna Chamber of Labour in collaboration with the Austrian Trade Union Federation, the European Trade Union Confederation, and the European Trade Union Institute.

Recently, Diane became an Honorary Editor for Association of South East Nations (ASEAN) integration issues on the Editorial Board of the Indonesian Journal of International and Comparative Law.

From May to August, she will be a Visiting Scholar at Yale Law School.



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PALS Professor Carole Petersen Serves As Expert Panelist at University of Hong Kong Roundtable “Universal Suffrage and Nomination Procedures: Imperatives from Article 25 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

PALS Professor Carole Petersen served as an expert panelist at an academic roundtable, “Universal Suffrage and Nomination Procedures: Imperatives from Article 25 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR),” held at the University of Hong Kong on March 20.

The panelists analyzed proposals submitted in response to the Hong Kong government’s public consultation on democracy reforms and considered whether the proposals comply with international human rights law. Carole’s commentary was quoted in several Hong Kong newspapers and featured in an article, “Legal Scholar Calls for Compromise” in the South China Morning Post on Monday.

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PALS Professor Diana Desierto Speaks at University of Philippines Institute for International Legal Studies & Institute for Maritime Affairs and Laws of the Sea on the Bangsamoro Framework

On Tuesday, Professor Diane Desierto spoke about “Investment and Development Implications from the Bangsamoro Framework Agreement and Annexes” at the University of the Philippines Institute for Maritime Affairs and Laws of the Sea. Diane discussed recommendations for the ongoing drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, the constitutive law establishing the new autonomous Islamic region in Southern Philippines. The audience of government officials included the lead negotiator for the Government of the Philippines peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and representatives of the maritime, shipping, petroleum and energy sectors, as well as university faculty and community members.

Today, Diane will discuss her new article, “Separation of Powers in Trade and Investment Rulemaking” by electronic conference as the featured lecturer on trade and investment at the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) Workshop on Post National Rulemaking. The lecture will appear as a book chapter in the forthcoming edited volume to be produced by the ACIL.

On Monday, March 24, Diane and David Cohen met with Asian Development Bank General Counsel Christopher Stephens and other ADB officials to discuss legal and institutional issues involved in ASEAN integration in 2015.

The next day, Diane will spoke on “Administrative Compliance with ASEAN Economic Integration” at the USAID-sponsored regional forum at the University of the Philippines Institute for International Legal Studies and the School of Economics.

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PALS Professor Ron Brown Appointed To Editorial Board For Indonesian Journal of International & Comparative Law

PALS Professor Ron Brown has recently been appointed to the Editorial Board of Reviewers for the Indonesian Journal of International & Comparative Law, based in Indonesia.


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