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Symposium Archive

AI and Companionship: Prospects and Challenges to Harness the Power behind Algorithms

Friday, February 28, 2020

Time: 8:00am - 1:50pm


One Belt One Road Initiative: Global China Amid the Wave of Anti-Globalization

Friday, February 15, 2019

University of Pennsylvania Law School

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For inquiries, please contact:

Christine Muzzelo, Managing Editor,

ALR Symposium: Development of Intellectual Property Law in Asia

March 30, 2018

Time: 8:00am - 12:30pm

Location: Silverman 245A

Asian Law Review (“ALR”) invites you to join our annual symposium, discussing the past and future of intellectual property law in Asia with four renowned experts. The panelists include Peter K. Yu, Director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property, Texas A&M University School of Law; Irene Calboli, Deputy Director of the Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia, Singapore Management University School of Law; Srividhya Ragavan, Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law; Takakuni Yamane, visiting researcher, University of California, Berkeley.


Combating International Wildlife Crime: Enforcement, Implementation and Legal Issues

Friday February 12, 2016

1:00 p.m. – 5 p.m.
University of Pennsylvania Law School | Gittis 213

Illegal trafficking of wildlife is a major current issue in Asia as flora and fauna in Africa and Asia are under threat. Ten of thousands of African elephants are killed every year because of a burgeoning ivory trade in Asia and precious timbers have been disappearing from Asian forests.

How can we stop flora and fauna in Africa and Asia from being illegally smuggled into Asia, Europe and the United States? How do federal agencies, local and international actors enforce wildlife laws to combat this global scale crime? Are the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Endangered Species Act, the Lacey Act and laws prohibiting smuggling effective tools to control the market?

This year’s Symposium will bring together experienced practitioners and scholars to discuss and present the practical and legal challenges in combating international wildlife trafficking.  

For more information, please contact Marika Mikuriya, Symposium Editor,

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1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Registration
1:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Preliminary Talk

Prof. Jacques de Lisle, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School

1:50 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Introduction to Panel One

Vincent Dantone, Acting CTAC Chief, United States Customs and Border Protection

2:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.

Panel One: The Roles Played by Federal Agencies and International Organizations to Combat International Wildlife Crimes

Robert Dreher, Associate Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
John Cruden, Assistant Attorney General, Environment and natural Resources Division, Department of Justice
Charles Di Leva, Chief Counsel, World Bank
Dr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General, World Customs Organization

3:20 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. Break
3:40 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Panel Two: Strengthening the Legal Tools to Tackle International Wildlife Crimes

Moderated by Prof. Howard Chang, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Dr. Elizabeth Bennett, Vice-President, World Conservation Society

Marcus Asner, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP

Prof. Annecoos Wiersema, Professor of Law, University of Denver, Sturm College of Law

5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks and Reception

This program has been approved for 3.0 substantive CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $60.00 ($30.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys) cash or check made payable to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.


2015 Symposium

Practicing Intellectual Property Law in Asia: Litigation, Enforcement, and Business Management

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2014 Symposium

Criminal Procedure and Criminal Law Reform in China: Legalizing the Tools of Repression or Safeguarding Human Rights?

A Historic and Comparative Perspective

Friday, February 7, 2014
1:00pm - 6:00pm
University of Pennsylvania Law School | S240A

Criminal law and procedure reform is a highly sensitive issue since it implicates judicial justice and protection of human rights. China revised its Criminal Procedure Law in 2012 and it was viewed a significant step forward. However, the precise consequences remains to be seen.

This year’s symposium will bring together scholars, practitioners, and advocates to discuss implications of the new Criminal Procedure Law and other related issues in a comparative perspective. In addition, we will attempt to examine the history and evolution of criminal procedure laws in other East Asian countries as well as in the U.S. in order to shed light on the future of China’s criminal procedure reform.


1:00 - 1:15 PM Registration
1:15 - 1:30 PM Welcome
1:30 - 2:00 PM Preliminary Session and Introductory Talk
Stephen ThamanProfessor of Law, St. Louis University Law School
2:00 - 3:15 PM The New Criminal Procedure Law Panel
Moderated by Jacques deLisleStephen A. Cozen Professor of Law & Professor of Political Science
Ira BelkinExecutive Director, US-Asia Law Institute, New York University School
Margaret LewisAssociate Professor of Law, Seton Hall Law School
Stephen ThamanProfessor of Law, St. Louis University Law School 
3:15 - 3:30 PM Break
3:30 - 5:00 PM The Rule of the Law and Legal Reform Panel
Moderated by Paul RobinsonColin S. Diver Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Xiangshun DingProfessor of Comparative Jurisprudence, Renmin University of Law School in China
Ling LiSenior Research Fellow, New York University School of Law
Sida LiuAssistant Professor of Sociology and Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison
5:00 PM Closing Remarks and Reception
This program has been approved for 3.0 hours of substantive law credit for Pennsylvania lawyers.  CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well.  Attendees seeking CLE credit should bring separate payment in the amount of $30.00 cash - or check payable to “The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania”.

2012 Symposium

Corruption in Asia: Law & Governance, Corporate Responsibility, and Media

February 10, 2012

The traditional model of anti-corruption enforcement, based on domestic regulations and enforced by a nation’s judiciary or other special agencies, faces numerous challenges in the Asian context. Where the independence of the judiciary and even-handed application of the laws is in doubt - especially in new democracies or autocracies -reliance on law and governance methods alone has been thought insufficient. The increasingly global economy and necessity for trans-national cooperation further complicate this picture, and also imply that these local matters have become questions of global significance. The internet and social media, as well as more traditional media, may play a greater role in shedding light on abuse and acting as a check on power. This symposium will explore how these non-state actors, specifically corporates, media, and other societal institutions deal with government corruption and their own corruption in East and Southeast Asia.