The Last Lecture in China: To the next generation of international lawyers

By Chang Wang, contributor

[Editor’s note: This is the final remarks of Professor Chang Wang to “Legal Research in American Law: The Westlaw Approach” class at China University of Political Science and Law, the largest law school in the world. Wang is chief research and academic officer at Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. Since 2007, Wang has been lecturing legal research based on West’s Analysis of American Law and Westlaw at top law schools in the U.S., China and Europe. His lectures also have been viewed widely online at Erya Education and Chaoxing Academic Videos, two premier online learning providers in China. His bilingual textbook “Legal Research in American Law,” dedicated to the University of Minnesota and Thomson Reuters where the author “found and read the law”- is a bestseller on Amazon China.  The lecture was delivered on July 4, 2014. China Insight has exclusive rights to publish this article in its entirety.] 

First and foremost, I’d like to thank all of you for joining me to explore the fascinating world of American law and Westlaw™/WestlawNext™. 

As I’m sure you remember, we started our journey by comparing common law and civil law. 

As a common law country, the United States and its legal system are deeply rooted in precedent, or Stare Decisis, relying heavily on courts’ interpretations of both codified law and previous judicial opinions.  This doctrine of precedent helps ensure the predictability, consistency and integrity of the American legal system. 

In contrast, notwithstanding its civil law framework, current Chinese law is a “socialist legal system with Chinese characteristics,” a legal system designed to support “socialism” and the Chinese Communist Party (CPC).  In China, the law is used primarily as a tool to reinforce party rules and strengthen its policies; the party itself operates outside the law. 


Minnesota Chinese program educators reflect on their China visit

By Yongling Zhang-Gorke, contributor

During the past several years, we have witnessed the growth of Chinese programs in K-12 schools in Minnesota, especially those in the 12 affiliated Confucius Classrooms. As schools grow their Chinese program, so does the need for establishing stronger connections with Chinese schools and obtaining deeper understanding of the Chinese education system. The need is reflected in the following three areas: 

1) Partner with a sister school in China for concrete activities such as exchange of students and teachers

2) Get knowledge about the latest trend in curriculum reform in China, especially on core subjects of Chinese language, math, and science, which have implications for Mandarin immersion programs

3) Understand and compare teacher development in both U.S. and China to better support in-service development for the Chinese language teachers in the U.S.


University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education offers a one-day course on the unknown side of China

The University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education presents Beyond the Great Wall: The Unknown Side of China on July 18. This one-day course will go beyond the familiar image of China represented by the Great Wall and Tiananmen Square and examine lesser known aspects of Chinese culture, society, and economics.


Character Study 福 fú good fortune

By Jodi Yim James, Staff Writer

The Chinese character 福fú means Good Fortune or Blessings. 福fú is one of the most popular Chinese characters and it is used to decorate everywhere during the celebration of the Chinese New Year. 福fú is also commonly posted artistically on a permanent plaque or framed painting inside homes with the intended message of "Blessings" or "Bless This House."


Delegation from Loudi, China visits Eden Prairie, MN

By Greg Hugh, Staff Writer

A ten member delegation from the city of Loudi (metropolitan area and its affiliated counties/cities/district) in Hunan Province, China recently paid a visit to Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The delegation was led by Yan Fuchu, Vice Mayor of Loudi Municipal Government in charge of Education, Health and Science for the city of Loudi, principals of several schools in Loudi along with education officials from Liangyuan, Lengshuijiang, Xinaghua and Shuangfeng County under Loudi.



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