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Seeking Chinese Participants in a Course on Legal Pluralism and Socio-Legal Studies

From the China Law mailing list:


The International Commission of Legal Pluralism will organize an International Course on Social Justice for the Poor and Weak, through the perspectives of Legal Pluralism and Socio-Legal Studies

10-19 July, 2008, Kunming, China

In July 2008 the International Commission of Legal Pluralism will organize a course in Kunming, China, about theories, knowledge and methodologies of socio-legal studies and legal pluralism. The purpose of the 4-day course is to familiarize the participants with the current international debates and insights in socio-legal studies and legal pluralism and to offer them a comparative perspective that allows them to rethink their own research and practical work. At the centre of the discussion will be issues of rights protection, gender, natural resource management and land tenure, conflict resolution in the context of globalising economic, political and legal developments. These issues converge in the theme of social justice for the poor and weak.
Participation is limited to 25 persons, to allow for maximum discussion. A balanced participation is sought which includes a strong presence from China (about 10-15), but also attracts young scholars from the region (5), other developing countries (3) and a limited number from western countries (3). The participants are academics and/or practitioners, e.g. NGO activists or government officials, who deal with issues related to social justice in their academic or practical work. During this intensive training the Chinese participants will be able to build a national and international network both with other participants and with the teaching staff. As in past courses (held amongst others in Wellington (New Zealand), Accra (Ghana), Williamsburg (USA), Moscow (Russia), Chiang Mai (Thailand) and Fredericton (Canada)) the teaching teams will consist of senior academics of various backgrounds drawn from the Commission and of colleagues from the region, in this case from China. The course is followed by an international conference (15 July until 20 July) on organized as part of the bi-annual meeting of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnographical Sciences. The conference covers the same topics and themes as the course. Students will be given the opportunity to present their work and directly engage with leading scholars and practitioners in their fields, allowing them to become part of a regional and international network.

The course will cover the following topics: Theories and methodologies in socio-legal studies and legal pluralism, dispute resolution and social control, gendered perspectives on law, natural resources management, legal development cooperation, disaster management and conflict research, law and religion, the concept of justice in legal anthropology.

Selection, Fee, and Funding
Prospective students should be either young scholars studying for a PhD degree or having just finished one, or they should be practitioners whose work is directly related to issues to be discussed in the course. Students should be able to demonstrate an English language ability that allows them to read and actively discuss relevant academic literature. Students will be selected based on their motivation to join the course. Such selection will also be based on a balanced regional participation as outlined above.
The course fee is 100 USD and the conference fee, following the course, is 150 USD. Other costs include accommodation, food and beverages, which will be arranged at prices as low as possible. The course organizers are currently working on securing funding for the non-Western participants. It is hoped that in this way, most of the costs they have can be covered by the organization. However as such funding is not yet certain prospective participants are encouraged to also seek their own funding.

Application, Contact and More Information
Scholars and practitioners interested in and qualified to partake in this course are warmly welcomed to apply. The application should include a motivation letter, a resume, information about the level of English, and an abstract of a paper to be presented at the conference, as well as a choice of panel. More information about the panels in the conference is attached to this message. Applications are to be sent to Janine Ubink: j.m.ubink[at]law.leidenuniv.nl .

For more information on the Commission of Legal Pluralism and past courses and conferences visit: http://www.commission-on-legal-pluralism.ch/ . For more information about the conference in Kunming visit: http://www.icaes2008.org/ .


General 0 Comment February 22, 2008, 10:17 am

Lehman, Lee & Xu Assists in Establishment of Unique Sports Organization

Beijing, China - February 18, 2008 ¨C Lehman, Lee & Xu recently assisted Sports Beijing to establish an organization in China. The organization is a community based non-profit organization dedicated to providing quality sports and recreational programs to the expatriate/foreign youth of Beijing.

As legal counsel to Sports Beijing, Lehman, Lee & Xu has provided Sports Beijing with legal services to support many of the organization's events and activities.

¡°We provide safe, wholesome, organized and well-staffed activities that invite involvement, develop social and physical skills and keep the expatriate youth of Beijing entertained after school and on weekends. While our programs are designed to meet the needs of the expatriate community, all children and young adults are welcomed into all programs.¡±

To learn more about Sports Beijing, please visit their website at www.sportsbj.com.

Lehman Affairs 2 Comment February 18, 2008, 4:00 pm

Announcement from American Citizens Abroad

Here's an announcement from the American Citizens Abroad mailing list about an important change to the two parent passport consent rule for children:

Effective February 1, 2008, children under age 16 (formerly 14) at the time of application must appear in person, and both parents also need to be present and to provide unequivocal consent to passport issuance by signing the application in front of the consular officer. Any parent unable to attend the interview must submit a notarized letter of consent. The consent must be in the English language and can be notarized at any American consular representation free of charge. Letters of consent notarized by non-American notaries are also accepted. Alternatively, the parent applying for the passport must submit proof of sole custody.

For additional information please check the travel.state.gov website at http://travel.state.gov/passport/get/first/first_830.html.


China Travel 0 Comment February 7, 2008, 2:22 pm

Happy Year of the Rat!

Happy year of the rat to all! The new year will begin tomorrow, February 7, 2008. Here is what WikiPedia says about people born in the year of the rat:

Being the first sign of the Chinese zodiacs, rats are leaders, pioneers and conquerors. They are charming, passionate, charismatic, practical and hardworking. Rat people are endowed with great leadership skills and are the most highly organized, meticulous, and systematic of the twelve signs. Intelligent and cunning at the same time, rats are highly ambitious and strong-willed people who are keen and unapologetic promoters of their own agendas, which often include money and power. They are energetic and versatile and can usually find their way around obstacles, and adapt to various environments easily.

Here at Lehman, Lee & Xu, we will be online and answering emails, but we also plan to take part of New Years' festivities! In case you've ever wondered what it's like to spend Chinese New Year in China, let's just say it involves lots of fireworks, red lanterns, and food! Lehman, Lee, & Xu blog does not have any family in Beijing and will be spending part of her Chinese New Year holiday in the queue at the firework stand. Best wishes for a wonderful year of the rat to all!


China Culture 0 Comment February 6, 2008, 1:17 pm