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China Program 2011 – Week 3 – By Professor Tiefenbrun

June 10, 2011

It is hard to believe that the three-week China International Law Study Abroad Program in Hangzhou, China has come to an end. It went by so fast, and we are all sad to leave. Last weekend we all went to Beijing to visit the Chinese People’s Supreme Court, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, a typical Chinese home where an artist and his wife live and work, and the Beijing Opera as well as a Kungfu and Acrobat show, and much more including a Peking Duck banquet lunch.

The theme of the Supreme Court presentations by 4 learned Supreme Court Justices was the development of the Rule of Law in China, which completed the theme of our full-day international conference held in Hangzhou on May 27th.  All week long students have been traveling to Shanghai from Hangzhou on the speed train that takes only 3/4 of an hour to get to Shanghai. Wednesday we held our US v China Olympic Games in basketball and ping pong, and I am proud to report that TJSL representing the US won 46 to 24. We fought hard, and it was a great basketball game. We lost 14 to 12 in ping pong, and Eddie Chang was the TJSL finalist who truly competed on a very high level. We all had a great time. Tonight we pack and say goodbye to all our Chinese and American friends. Many of us make our way now through China and Europe to start the Nice Program on June 23, 2011 on the sunny, French Riviera. Not a bad way to learn about international and comparative law, earn either 4 or 8 credits, and fulfill requirements to obtain a Certificate in International Law,  n’est-ce pas? Zaichen to a fabulous group of students and professors who all worked together to make the China Program 2011 an unprecedented success!

Susan Tiefenbrun

Professor of Law

Director of China and Nice Programs