On September 19, 2017 China’s Southwest University of Political Science and Law hosted CWRU Vice Provost David Fleshler and Associate Professor of Law Tim Webster for the opening ceremony of the new joint LLM degree program between the two schools.
The International Commercial Law & Dispute Resolution program - the first of its kind - will educate the next generation of international lawyers in commercial law, arbitration, litigation, mediation and other fields. Twenty-six students from all over China are currently enrolled in the program, which includes two years of instruction at Southwest University of Political Science and Law (SWUPL), and one year at CWRU. Students will earn Master's Degrees from both schools. CWRU professors teach eight courses in China during the students' first two years in the program.
The opening ceremony featured speeches by SWUPL Vice President Shang Wenjiang, CWRU Vice Provost David Fleshler, Dean Qin Jie of the Stilwell International School, Dean Zhang Xiaojun of the School of International Law, and Professor Webster. In his remarks, Vice Provost Fleshler described the many initiatives that the International Affairs Office has undertaken to internationalize the CWRU campus and ease international students’ transitions by building a welcoming culture. Professor Webster delivered his remarks in Mandarin, discussing the importance of the U.S.-China commercial relationship, and the vital role that bilingual lawyers will play in reinforcing the future relationship.
"We look forward to meeting these 26 new students, and to future collaborations with SWUPL," said CWRU School of Law Co-Dean Michael Scharf.