A paper from the University of Macau (UM), co-written by Prof Tu Guangjian in the Faculty of Law and his PhD student Chen Zhi, won a second prize at a national commercial arbitration thesis contest. Titled ‘On Parallel Procedures in International Civil and Commercial Arbitration and Litigation: The Path and Countermeasures to Be Adopted in China’, the paper suggests that to mitigate the conflicts between judiciary and arbitral tribunals, a rational point of convergence and balance should be found between them, with a reasonable division of power.
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On July 22, from 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm, an online colloquium was held on the launch of the New Chinese Civil Code, which was jointly organized by the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau, the Sino-Lusophone Academy of the University of Coimbra and the Brazilian Academy of Civil Law. The theme of the event was: “Colloquium – The new Chinese Civil Code: a vision compared to Portugal and Brazil”.
Among the participating authorities, including Prof. João Nuno Calvão da Silva (Vice-Rector for External Relations and Alumni of UC), Prof. Rui de Figueiredo Marcos (Director of FDUC and ASL-UC), Prof. António Pinto Monteiro (Professor of FDUC and Honorary President of ASL-UC), Prof. Paulo Mota Pinto (FDUC), Prof. Roger Silva Aguiar (Administrative President of ABDC) and Prof. Rui Gama (Director of FLUC and Deputy Director of ASL-UC), Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau, Prof. Tong Io Cheng, and Senior Instructor, Ms. Ma Zhe, were representing UM as speakers at the event.
Ms. Ma introduced the basic information of the Chinese Civil Code, especially from a historical dimension. Prof. Tong commented on the characteristics, value and meaning of this code from methodological, axiological and sociological dimensions.
This event was a great success: Macau scholars presented the Chinese Civil Code to Portuguese and Brazilian scholars in Portuguese, which demonstrated Macau’s essential role as a bridge between China and Portuguese-speaking countries in terms of academic exchange. The three holding institutions agreed that more similar activities will be carried out in the future.
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UM professor Dr. Wang Wei, previously invited to give a series of “Chinese Law Lectures” in Portugal, University of Coimbra, due to COVID-19, was solicited to deliver, instead, an open lecture on “Chinese Civil Law: Between Tradition and Modernization”, transmitted via live streaming on July 2. Prof. Wang spoke in perfect Portuguese to the virtual audience for about one and a half hours, from the roots of Chinese legal culture, in particular, the influence of Confucianism in framing the traditional Chinese law, to modern Chinese civil law, highlighting Book II “Property Right” of the Civil Code of the People’s Republic of China, to come into force on Jan. 1, 2021. To address the question relating to its priority ordering, Mencius teaching was quoted attempting to draw therefrom respective mens legis: “One shall have his peace of mind when he possesses a piece of land”. The open lecture was completed with praises from the Vice-Rector of the University of Coimbra, Dr. Calvão da Silva, the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Law, Dr. Ana Raquel Moniz, and the Coordinator of the Sino-Portuguese Law Course, Dr. Ana Gaudêncio. All expressed their desire to renew the invitation to Prof. Wang to present lectures on Chinese Law at the University of Coimbra next year.
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Riccardo Vecellio Segate, an Italian PhD candidate in the University of Macau (UM) Faculty of Law (FLL), has published research articles in three well-known international journals in the past 18 months. The three journals are Columbia Journal of Asian Law, Art Antiquity and Law, and Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law.
Launched in 1987, Columbia Journal of Asian Law (CJAL) covers a diverse array of legal subjects in the areas of public and private law and publishes articles on the latest legal developments in Asian countries. Vecellio Segate’s article published by CJAL is titled ‘Fragmenting Cybersecurity Norms Through the Language(s) of Subalternity: India in “the East” and the Global Community’. The article examines how China, Russia and India negotiate cyber-security norms on cyber-terrorism, cyber-warfare, and cyber-espionage within formal and informal regional arrangements, especially the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. It also cites evidence to show India’s changeable stances on these issues.
Art Antiquity and Law is a quarterly journal targeted at those who value the cultural and historical environment. It tells those who work in the art and antiquity world about the laws governing their activities and the policies behind those laws. Vecellio Segate’s article published by Art Antiquity and Law is titled ‘Reconceptualising Musical Treasures in Italy, the EU and the World: The Functional Legacy of Performativity’. It builds on the concept of functionality to illustrate for the first time why musical instruments are a special category of cultural heritage in terms of protection policies and why ‘national treasure’ laws should protect them differently than it protects other tangible expressions of heritage in ancient and modern times.
Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law (MJECL) serves academics and legal practitioners who want to stay informed about the latest developments and the challenges within the European Common Law (Ius Commune Europaeum). Vecellio Segate’s article published by the MJECL is titled ‘The Unified Patent Court and the Frustrated Promise of IP Protection: Investors’ Claims in (Post-)Brexit Britain’. It provides a wake-up call to British investors by arguing that the government of the United Kingdom has unlawfully and deliberately created expectations on certain categories of international investors in intellectual property, only to subsequently withdraw its promises and use Brexit as a pretext for such withdrawal. The journal
After completing his master’s studies at Utrecht University in The Netherlands, Vecellio Segate joined UM in September 2018 through the recently launched UM Macao Talent Programme. Within that programme, he was the first PhD student in the FLL to receive the UM Macao PhD Scholarship. Vecellio Segate is grateful to the university’s leadership—particularly Prof Billy So, vice rector of student affairs at UM—for their support. He is also grateful to his supervisor, Prof Rostam J Neuwirth, for his patient guidance.
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Editor’s Note: Since the novel coronavirus outbreak and the consequent suspension of classes to prevent the spread of the virus, distance education has become a hot topic in Macao, Hong Kong, and mainland China. Here at the University of Macau (UM), faculty members have been offering online courses to ensure that students keep learning amid class suspension. In these My UM articles, we cover the online courses from different faculties and departments and take a closer look at how faculty members prepare these courses and how they monitor the students’ learning progress.
Since the Chinese New Year, Faculty of Law (FLL) Associate Dean Augusto Teixeira Garcia and Associate Professor Li Zhe have been giving lectures online. Based on the requirements of their courses, they implemented a series of measures to help students quickly adapt to the new education mode.
Adapting to a New Mode of Education
Prof Augusto Teixeira Garcia teaches several courses this semester, one of which is the ‘Commercial Law’ course for students enrolled in the master’s degree programme in law (Portuguese). In the past few weeks, Prof Garcia mainly focused on laws related to commercial paper and negotiable instruments.
FLL Associate Dean Augusto Teixeira Garcia gives a lecture online
He uploaded the reading materials for this course, including academic papers written by himself, to UMMoodle at the beginning of this academic year. In each online lecture, Prof Garcia would discuss a specific topic revolving around these materials. He would record himself teaching the lecture and upload the audio clip to UMMoodle before each class. Students would then receive notifications that remind them to download the content. His students can reach him via email for questions about his lectures, and although they can listen to the recordings any time, Prof Garcia likes to check the students’ UMMoodle login record on a regular basis to evaluable their participation in class.
According to Prof Garcia, in his teaching career that spans nearly four decades, this is the first time he has ever done online teaching. He remembers feeling a little weird the first time he recorded himself teaching in the office without students around him. ‘I guess life is all about adaptation,’ says Prof Garcia. ‘I am already used to it.’ He plans to continue to record his lectures even after class resumption. ‘I know some students like to record my lectures anyway, so I might as well do it myself so that every student can listen to the lecture again if they want,’ he says.
FLL Associate Dean Augusto Teixeira Garcia
Encouraging Students to be Self-disciplined
Prof Garcia encourages students to build self-discipline and to study hard at home during the epidemic, because unlike classroom-based education, which involves interactions with the instructor and other classmates that help one stay focused, learning at home without self-discipline could cause the learner to fall behind, and if not remedied early, it would be very difficult for him or her to catch up a few months later.
Different Teaching Styles for Different Students
Li Zhe, an associate professor in the FLL, teaches two courses this semester: one is ‘Foreign Criminal Law’, and the other is ‘East Asia Legal System’. The first course is taught to more than ten postgraduate students from Macao and mainland China, some of them are working students. ‘These students have diverse backgrounds, so when preparing the course materials, I take into consideration their understanding of the subject and the difficulty they may have finding the materials because of the novel coronavirus epidemic,’ she says.
FLL Associate Professor Li Zhe
Prof Li starts each online class with a hypothetical case. For instance, she may present a case where a young adult suspected of participating in illegal parades is arrested under the current criminal law. The students need to discuss whether the young adult should be held in custody, how he or she would be prosecuted, how the trial would be conducted, and how the person may lodge an appeal. The case will serve as a basis for the students to explore and compare legal solutions in different places. They will also compare criminal laws of different places and the pros and cons of the legal solutions under these laws.
‘When I analyse a case with the students, I would break down one big question into at least ten smaller sub-questions and assign one sub-question to a student,’ says Prof Li. ‘The students then share the relevant laws in mainland and Macao and discuss how a problem should be solved from a comparative perspective. The students are very active during each online class and there is a lot of interaction.’
Making Good Use of UMMoodle
Some students have no microphone on their computers, while others do not have stable internet connection at home. For this reason, Prof Li only asks her students to provide audio comments in discussions via a WeChat group. To ensure quality and a smooth teaching process, she always gives lectures in her office. Before the epidemic, her students usually submitted assignments to her via email instead of UMMoodle, but now she communicates with them mainly through a WeChat group. She would upload cases, electronic legal documents, teaching materials, and PowerPoint (PPT) slides to UMMoodle. As her students are now studying German law, she would share with them links to promotional videos of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany and the European Court of Human Rights as reference materials.
Considering that some students may not feel comfortable turning on the webcam because of concerns about their clothes, home environments, or other factors, Prof Li only requires students to discuss and answer questions through voice messages, which lets her know if the students are paying attention. ‘Sometimes I would make jokes with the students to try to keep them engaged,’ says Prof Li. ‘I would ask them if they could hear me clearly during a lecture on Zoom. If they could, they would reply to me with “666”,’ she says. (Editor’s Note: ‘666’ is a popular internet slang in China which means that somebody or something is very cool)
UMMoodle Launched in 2008, UMMoodle is an online teaching platform at UM, where students can obtain course-related learning resources including text files, PPTs and video clips. They can also submit assignments and take quizzes on the platform. Website: https://ummoodle.um.edu.mo/
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Yang Suijia, a student of the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau, recently won a second prize at a national public speaking competition on China’s constitution in the high school and university category. The competition attracted 206 contestants in 34 teams from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macao. The event was organised by the Ministry of Education, and hosted by Beijing Foreign Studies University.
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The University of Macau’s (UM) Centre for Constitutional Law and Basic Law Studies (CCBLS) and Educational Research Centre (ERC) today (26 December) became the official partners of two key research centres under the Ministry of Education in the field of humanities and social sciences, namely the Center for Studies of Constitutional and Administrative Law at Peking University and the Centre for Teacher Education Research at Beijing Normal University. The three universities will strengthen collaboration in the field of humanities and social sciences in order to create a high-quality education system, participate in national strategy, and seize the opportunities brought by the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative and the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
Guests attending the plaque-unveiling ceremony include Vice Minister of Education Tian Xueliang, Secretary for Social Affairs and Culture Ao Ieong U, Deputy Director of the Central Government’s Liaison Office in Macao Luo Yonggang, UM’s University Council Chair Lam Kam Seng, Director of the Office of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Affairs under the Ministry of Education Liu Jin, Head of the Department of Language and Words under the Ministry of Education Xu Xiaoping, Director of the Higher Education Bureau Sou Chio Fai, UM Rector Yonghua Song, Peking University Vice President Tian Gang, and Beijing Normal University Vice President Zhou Zuoyu.
Rector Yonghua Song said in his speech that UM is the only public university in Macao to have a centre for the studies of the constitution, the Basic Law, and the ‘One Country, Two Systems’policy, adding that the centre has received considerable attention and support from the Macao SAR government and the central government’s liaison office in Macao. The centre is dedicated to popularising knowledge of the constitution and the Basic Law in Macao to promote the continued implementation of the ‘One Country, Two Systems’policy. Rector Song said that the ELC was established with the great support of the Macao SAR government, and is the only educational research centre at a public university in Macao. According to Song, the ELC is committed to nurturing high-calibre educators to contribute to education development in Macao and the Greater China region. The collaboration is an example of the successful implementation of the ‘One Country, Two Systems’policy and represents UM’s effort to carry out President Xi Jinping’s expectations for Macao to establish a high-quality education system.
The delegation visited the University Gallery in the company of Rector Song to gain a deeper understanding of UM’s new campus project and latest developments in scientific research. The guests also met with the heads of various academic and administrative units at UM.
Two centres at UM have become the MoE’s official research partners in humanities and social sciences
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