UNSW Law’s China International Business & Economic Law (CIBEL) Initiative travelled to Beijing last month to further drive collaboration and strengthen the Faculty’s commitment to China and the region.

The UNSW Law delegation was headed up by Law Dean, Professor George Williams, and included Associate Dean (International & External Engagement) Associate Professor Gabrielle Appleby, CIBEL Co-directors, Professor Deborah Healey and Associate Professor Heng Wang, CIBEL members Associate Professor Charlie Weng and Dr Weihuan Zhou, and Dr Alexandra George.

From 27-29 September a range of events took place that included, a keynote public address in conjunction with Tsinghua University and King & Wood Mallesons (KWM), the Faculty signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Tsinghua University, co-hosted a research workshop, took part in a teaching co-operation and met with various Alumni across the region.

The keynote address, organised in conjunction with Tsinghua University and King & Wood Mallesons (KWM), saw Global Chairman of KWM and President of All China Lawyers Association (ACLA), Mr Wang Junfeng, speak on the topic of ‘Breaking the Legal and Business Barriers and Shaping Global Talents in the Era of Artificial Intelligence’. Other panellists at the keynote included Ms Sue Kench, Global Managing Partner of KWM, Mr Zhang Yi Chairman of KWM (China) Management Committee, and Ms Wang Ling, Managing Partner of KWM China. The event was a great success with close to 200 attendees on the night.

The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Tsinghua University, China’s top ranked law school, strengthens the relationship between Tsinghua University and UNSW. The MOU will lead to a co-badged China law centre, new experiential learning opportunities for students in the form of a joint summer school program and future research events.

CIBEL also co-hosted a research workshop with Tsinghua University, with many of the delegation presenting. UNSW Law academics wrapped up a successful visit to China by co-teaching classes on administrative law and international economic law at Tsinghua. This provided an opportunity for Tsinghua students to experience the teaching excellence that UNSW Law is renowned for.

Not to be forgotten, the visit also provided the Dean and other Faculty staff the opportunity to catch up with China-based Alumni, including the Vice President and Legal Counsel of Baidu, China’s version of Google.

The CIBEL Initiative is proud to have lead such a successful visit, ensuring true collaboration and strengthening our commitment to China and the region.