Take Your Legal Studies Abroad

Summer 2016 Program in Beijing

Sunday, May 22, 2016 – Saturday, June 4, 2016

Take your Legal Studies Abroad
The Summer Program at the University of International Business and Economics Law School (UIBE) is jointly sponsored by Brooklyn Law School and Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. UIBE’s concentration on a business and commercial law curriculum provides an ideal setting for the program’s international and comparative law focus.

The two-week program will run from May 22 - June 4, 2016 and will offer the following courses:

  • World Legal Systems (2 credits)
  • Introduction to International Bankruptcy (1 credit)

International and Comparative Law Program
Students will have the opportunity to study at one of the most respected law schools in China, the University of International Business and Economics Law School (UIBE). Courses are taught by faculty from Loyola Law School and Brooklyn Law School, with lectures by prominent Chinese legal scholars and lawyers.

Students will study and live in Beijing, one of the world’s oldest cities and the capital of the People’s Republic of China, the world’s fastest growing economy. Beijing is the home of major government offices, including the Supreme People’s Court of China. Many of China’s largest state-owned and privately-held companies, as well as international corporations and law firms, have their headquarters in the city. Beijing is the epicenter of Chinese politics, economics, culture, and education. It is a bustling city with a thriving population of approximately 20 million people.

The setting provides an excellent backdrop for the study of international and comparative business law. It also provides an opportunity for students to witness a legal system and a society that are in the process of re-creating themselves. Guest lectures by distinguished Chinese scholars and practitioners and visits to Chinese legal institutions enrich the China Program experience.

Students will have the opportunity to explore China’s ancient history—the Forbidden City, Great Wall, and other important attractions that exist alongside modern developments such as the iconic Olympic Stadium and the spectacular National Centre for the Performing Arts. Students may choose to spend the weekend between classes visiting other cities, such as Xian or Shanghai.

To find out more about Beijing, view: "Beijing City Guide"

  • Instructor: Professor Cesare Romano, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

    This course is a broad overview of the world’s major legal traditions. We first will briefly examine customary and ancient law, especially Roman law, which is the basis of the civil law system used in Europe, Latin America, and parts of Asia. Next, we will discuss the modern civil law tradition, including its use of codes, as well as substantive areas like constitutional, contract, and tort law. Finally, we will survey the pre-eminent contemporary supranational legal system: the European Union. Although time constraints will limit our treatment of these various legal systems, we will cover the basic principles and the most salient features of each one, hoping in this way to gain a greater appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of our own machinery of justice.

  • Instructor: Professor Michael Gerber, Brooklyn Law School

    Bankruptcy and insolvency laws are essential components of a market economy, because they enable entrepreneurs to take business risks, and provide a mechanism for treating creditors and other parties fairly in the event that a venture fails. As cross-border business activity has increased, so has the need to deal with cross-border business failures. This course surveys some of the issues that may arise when an enterprise that has operations, assets, employees, and creditors in more than one country becomes financially distressed. We will compare the US approach to business rescue to that of China, and see how Chapter 15 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code approaches the problem of cross-border business failures. There are no prerequisites for this course. The course is designed so that students who have not previously studied bankruptcy law will be able to understand and master the material.

  • Students may drop a course at any time, but with no tuition refund on or after April 17, 2016. Students may switch or add courses up until Monday, May 23, 2016. See Important Dates for complete information on tuition due dates, withdrawals and refunds.