UM PhD student receives prize at China Arbitration and Justice Forum

Chen Zhi, a PhD student from the Faculty of Law (FLL) of the University of Macau (UM), received a third prize at the 12th China Arbitration and Justice Forum, for his paper titled ‘Some Considerations Concerning Non-litigation of Service in Arbitration’. The paper focuses on the service of documents in commercial arbitration in mainland China and proposes a more flexible, efficient, and cost-effective service system to cover the three aspects, namely legislation, arbitration practice, and judicial review.

In mainland China, the service of documents in arbitration is highly analogous to that in civil litigation, which can be regarded as an example of judicialisation of arbitration. Over the past few years, leading arbitration institutions have tried to promote a more flexible, efficient, and cost-effective service system. But according to Chen, more efforts will have to be made in order to change traditional judicial opinions. In reference to The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Model Law and related legal practices in international arbitration, a non-litigation delivery system should be established to cover the three aspects, namely legislation, arbitral practice, and judicial review, in order to strike a balance between justice and efficiency. Chen’s supervisor is Prof Tu Guangjian.

This year’s forum attracted around 300 participants. More than 100 research papers were received and ten of them were awarded after a blind review process conducted by seven renowned scholars and experts. The event was organised by the China Academy of Arbitration Law, which is the only national arbitration research organisation in mainland China, and hosted by the Langfang Arbitration Commission.

Chen Zhi (4th from left) receives a third prize at the China Arbitration and Justice Forum

Chen Zhi (4th from left) receives a third prize at the China Arbitration and Justice Forum

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UM holds seminar on implementation of Basic Law in Macao

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China and the 20th anniversary of Macao’s handover to China, the University of Macau (UM) held a seminar on the implementation of the Basic Law in Macao over the past two decades.

UM Rector Yonghua Song delivered a speech at the opening ceremony, in which he said that UM owes its rapid development to the successful implementation of the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ policy, which allowed UM to build on Hengqin Island a new campus that is nearly 20 times larger than the old one. Rector Song said that the new campus project showed the central government’s support for higher education in Macao and was an innovative implementation of the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ policy. He added that with the rapid development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, the implementation of the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ policy and the Basic Law will also enter a new era, which dictates that Macao must take full advantage of the policy and integrate with the Greater Bay Area.

Xu Ze, president of the Chinese Association of Hong Kong and Macao Studies, praised the successful implementation of the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ policy in Macao and expressed his hope for UM to play a leadership role in cultural development in Macao. Liu Dexue, director of the Legal Affairs Bureau of Macao, discussed how to adhere to ‘One Country’ principle while ensuring that the two systems co-exist in harmony and create maximum benefits.

Experts and scholars from renowned universities, including Peking University, Tsinghua University, Renmin University of China, Shenzhen University, Macau University of Science and Technology, and UM, attended the seminar and had an in-depth discussion on related topics, including the relationship between the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ policy and the governance of the nation, the Basic Law and the governance of the special administrative region, the development of the Greater Bay Area and Macao’s participation in the country’s development.

 

UM holds a seminar on the implementation of the Basic Law in Macao

UM holds a seminar on the implementation of the Basic Law in Macao

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Yonghua Song
Yonghua Song

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Xu Ze
Xu Ze

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Liu Dexue
Liu Dexue

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UM scholars launch new book at BRICS Forum on International Rule of Law

The launch for The BRICS-Lawyers’ Guide to BRICS Texts and Materials, a new book co-authored by Professor Rostam J Neuwirth and Associate Professor Alexandr Svetlicinii from the Faculty of Law, University of Macau (UM), was recently featured at the BRICS Forum on the International Rule of Law held in Beijing.

The book presents one of the first collections of important texts and materials that have emerged from the cooperation among the BRICS member states. This compilation has been brought together with an intention to make these materials accessible for the convenient use by government officials, practicing lawyers and arbitrators, as well as scholars and students of inter­national relations, business, economics, and law. The text comprises treaties, summit declarations by heads of state, ministerial declarations, declarations adopted by the BRICS Legal Forum and other official documents.

Held in Beijing from 7 September to 8 September, the forum was organised by CASS Institute of International Law and was supported by the Center for Publicity and Education of the Rule of Law and Public Law Studies, CASS Institute of Law, Legal Application Bureau, China Democracy and Law Press, Social Sciences Academic Press (China) and Beijing Yingke Law Firm. The event was attended by over 60 experts and scholars from public institutions, universities, research organisations, publishing houses, and law firms in Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, and Portugal.

The book also includes a chronological presentation of the first decade of BRICS cooperation. It is available at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/9996511170/ref=rdr_ext_tmb.

 

A new book by Rostam J Neuwirth (left) and Alexandr Svetlicinii (right) is launched at the BRICS Forum on the International Rule of Law

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The BRICS-Lawyers’ Guide to BRICS Texts and Materials

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First Lecture of Faculty of Law for the 2019/2020 Academic Year

On 15 August 2019, Prof. Tong Io Cheng, Dean of Faculty of Law, gave the new students of the 2019/2020 academic year their first lecture at the Faculty of Law. During the talk, Dean Tong introduce the origin of Law being a branch of knowledge and discussed about whether Law deserves a position in the world of science. Students are inspired by bringing the topic to a more profound discussion.

UM professor elected titular member of International Academy of Comparative Law

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UM professor elected titular member of International Academy of Comparative Law
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Prof Wei Dan, associate dean of the University of Macau (UM) Faculty of Law, has been elected titular member of the International Academy of Comparative Law (IACL). In 2018, she became the first Chinese scholar to be elected executive committee member and vice president of the academy.

Established in the Hague, the Netherlands, in 1924, the IACL is the oldest and most influential international academic association in the field of comparative law. Every four years, the organisation holds an event known as the ‘Olympics for Comparative Lawyers’. Composed exclusively of highly qualified scholars all over the world working in the field of comparative law, the IACL aims to promote research, publications, and international cooperation in comparative law. In addition to outstanding academic contributions to the field of comparative law, those who wish to become titular members of the IACL must obtain votes from a minimum of two thirds of the academy’s current titular members.

Prof Wei Dan’s titular membership of the IACL demonstrates the international impact of FLL’s research in comparative law and international recognition of Macao’s scholars. Prof Wei received her bachelor’s degree from Peking University’s Law School and her master’s and PhD degrees in law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra, Portugal. She is currently the only Chinese who holds a PhD degree in law in the Portuguese Language.

澳大教授獲選國際比較法科學院名譽院士
Chi:https://www.um.edu.mo/zh-hant/news-centre/news-and-events/news-and-press-releases/detail/48368/#news_title

澳門大學法學院副院長魏丹繼2018年成為首位中國學者獲選國際比較法科學院執委、副主席後,再當選為國際比較法科學院名譽院士。

國際比較法科學院是比較法領域歷史最悠久、影響力最大的國際學術團體,於1924年在荷蘭海牙成立,形成了每四年舉辦“法學界奧林匹克盛會”的慣例,旨在推動比較法的學術研究、出版和國際學術交流,其成員彙集了全球比較法領域的高水準專家。名譽院士除了要在比較法領域有突出學術貢獻外,還需獲得全體名譽院士三分之二以上的選票。

魏丹此次獲選反映了澳大法學院在比較法領域的學術研究國際影響力以及澳門學者在國際上獲得高度認可。魏丹於1997年本科畢業於北京大學法律系,隨後在葡萄牙科英布拉大學法學院獲得了法學碩士學位和博士學位,是中國迄今為止唯一一位葡語法學博士。

 

 

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【特訊】澳門大學法學院副院長魏丹繼2018年成為首位中國學者獲選國際比較法科學院執委、副主席後,再當選為國際比較法科學院名譽院士。
國際比較法科學院是比較法領域歷史最悠久、影響力最大的國際學術團體,於1924年在荷蘭海牙成立,形成了每四年舉辦“法學界奧林匹克盛會”的慣例,旨在推動比較法的學術研究、出版和國際學術交流,其成員彙集了全球比較法領域的高水準專家。名譽院士除了要在比較法領域有突出學術貢獻外,還需獲得全體名譽院士三分之二以上的選票。
魏丹此次獲選反映了澳大法學院在比較法領域的學術研究國際影響力以及澳門學者在國際上獲得高度認可。魏丹於1997年本科畢業於北京大學法律系,隨後在葡萄牙科英布拉大學法學院獲得了法學碩士學位和博士學位,是中國迄今為止唯一一位葡語法學博士。
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One of the Peak Forums on Constitution and Basic Law: “The Reforming Constitution and the Change of Order”

2019年5月17日,澳門大學法學院憲法與基本法研究中心為慶祝中華人民共和國成立七十周年與澳門特別行政區成立二十周年,舉行了憲法與基本法高端論壇講座第三講。

本次論壇有幸邀請到北京黨內法規研究會常務理事、全國港澳研究會理事、北京航空航天大學法學院田飛龍副教授,田教授通過改革憲法的邏輯、黨規法治化與黨政融合以及2018年修憲與全面依法治國論證了講座主題《改革憲法與秩序變遷》。

出席本次論壇的專家、學者有中央人民政府駐澳門聯絡辦公室法律部王恒副部長、澳門科技大學法學院牟效波助理教授、澳門大學法學院憲法與基本法研究中心副主任蔣朝陽教授、翟小波助理教授及多位法學院講師、博士研究生等近30人參加。與會學者與主講人進行了精彩而充分的互動。

One of the Peak Forums on Constitution and Basic Law: “Improving the System and Mechanism for the Implementation of the Basic Law”

2019年4月16日,澳門大學法學院憲法與基本法研究中心為慶祝中華人民共和國成立七十周年與澳門特別行政區成立二十周年,舉行了憲法與基本法高端論壇講座第二講。

本次論壇有幸邀請到深圳大學港澳基本法研究中心主任鄒平學教授,鄒教授圍繞講座主題《完善基本法實施的制度機制》,通過三個部分展開,論證出完善基本法實施的相關制度和機制是新時代依法治港治澳面臨的形勢和任務的必然要求,並提出了完善相關制度和機制的具體路徑。

出席本次論壇的專家、學者有中央人民政府駐澳門聯絡辦公室法律部王恒副部長、陳希文處長、高真副處長、黃嘉偉助理、澳門大學法學院憲法與基本法研究中心主任駱偉建教授、副主任蔣朝陽教授、副主任汪超副教授、翟小波助理教授及多位法學院講師、博士研究生等近30人參加。講座持續了三個小時,與會學者與主講人進行了精彩而充分的互動。

On Gaming and Law Regulations by Dr. Paulo Martins Chan, Director of The Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ)

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One of the Peak Forums on Constitution and Basic Law:“The Constitution as Law: Why?”

2019年3月27日,澳門大學法學院憲法與基本法研究中心為慶祝中華人民共和國成立七十周年與澳門特別行政區成立二十周年,舉行了憲法與基本法高端論壇講座第一講。

本次論壇有幸邀請到全國人大常委會澳門基本法委員會委員、北京大學憲法與行政法中心副主任陳端洪教授,陳教授圍繞講座主題《為什麼說憲法是法》,通過三個命題展開,試圖為憲法是法律提供一種證成的方式,彌補契約論和制憲權理論的一個邏輯裂隙。

出席本次論壇的專家、學者有澳門大學憲法與基本法研究中心副主任蔣朝陽教授、副主任汪超副教授,翟小波助理教授,澳門科技大學法學院朱世海副教授,澳門理工學院“一國兩制”研究中心研究員及多位法學院講師、博士研究生等30多人參加,並與主講人進行了精彩互動。

UM’s Faculty of Law Draws Students from Portuguese-speaking Countries for Its Unique Advantages

Every year, many students from Portuguese-speaking countries choose to study law at the University of Macau (UM). The Faculty of Law (FLL) at UM has a strong faculty team comprised of high-calibre scholars from Macao, mainland China, Portugal, and other countries. The faculty regularly invites world-renowned scholars in the field to serve as visiting professors, and hires incumbent judges, prosecutors, as well as legal experts and attorneys working in the government to teach on a part-time basis, in order to produce legal professionals with a global mindset and competitiveness.

Similarities to Law Programmes in Portugal

Kennedy Antonio from the Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe is a second-year law major at UM. There are two main reasons why he chose to study law at UM. First, because of Macao’s unique historical background and its rapid development in various areas, there is an openness about its legal system that befits an international metropolis. Second, a more important reason, the law programmes at UM are taught in Portuguese, which is a big draw for students from Portuguese-speaking countries. The law programmes at UM largely follow the Romano-Germanic system or the Continental European system. Antonio says, ‘I made up my mind to study law at a young age because I wanted to understand the relationship between individuals and the relationship between states and their citizens in terms of rights and obligations. UM has strict requirements for law students. It requires the students to thoroughly understand the legal theories and principles, which helps to deepen my understanding of the different laws in our society.’

The bachelor of law programmes at UM cover important issues in law, such as the current trends in law and the evolution of legal theories. The bachelor of law in Chinese and Portuguese programme includes courses in European Union Law, International Law, and Comparative Law. Antonio believes the knowledge in these fields will be very useful when he returns to his native country. He says, ‘UM is very flexible in law education and its law programmes meet global trends. So graduates of the programmes, whether they are from Macao or elsewhere, will have a great competitive edge and will be able to make a contribution to their countries or regions.’ He plans to stay at UM to pursue further studies until he obtains a PhD degree.

Building a Knowledge-based Business Platform

Manuel RoDirigues De Veiga, a law major from the Republic of Cabo Verde, obtained his bachelor’s degree from UM this June and decided to stay at UM for further studies. Several years ago, Veiga was admitted to UM on a scholarship for his outstanding academic performance, thus beginning a new chapter in his life. He says, ‘UM is like my second home. It has excellent faculty members and teaching facilities. Studying here is like savouring a cocktail, because you meet people from different nationalities.’ He believes the strong faculty team at UM and the university’s effort to support the government in developing Macao into a business platform between China and Portuguese-speaking countries will help him achieve his dream. He says, ‘Cape Verde has a huge demand for merchandise from China, especially electronics. Importing Chinese merchandise to Cape Verde via Macao naturally involves a lot of legal issues.’ He explains that the legal systems in Macao and Cabo Verde are both based on the Portuguese law, with close similarities in language and logic. He plans to pursue a career in e-business after graduation. Specifically, he wants to build an e-platform in Macao to facilitate business activities between China and Cabo Verde, so knowledge of business laws in both places will be a great advantage.

The Unique Advantage of Studying Law at UM

Rita Rocha from Portugal decided to study law at UM as an exchange student because she wanted to understand Macao’s special legal status in China as a special administrative region. She says, ‘The legal system in Macao is based on the Portuguese law, but the laws in the two places have both experienced changes with time. On the one hand, all the Portuguese heritage is still left in Macao’s legal system, but on the other hand Macao didn’t copy the alterations and adaptations the Portuguese have made, so it’s fascinating to study the differences between Macao’s law and the Portuguese law and how they have evolved.’ It’s been nearly 20 years since the handover of Macao’s sovereignty to China, Rocha is pleased to see Macao’s effort to become more independent in its legal system. Her sentiments are echoed by another exchange student from Portugal, Beatriz Lourenço, who points out that the differences between Macao’s law and the Portuguese law are largely attributable to the differences in religions and cultures.

Lourenço says, ‘The fact that the laws in Macao are written in Portuguese is itself a great advantage. Take Macao’s neighboring city Hong Kong. The laws in Hong Kong are written in English, which makes business people from around the world more confident to do business in Hong Kong because they can understand the laws in English. Likewise, Portuguese being the official language of law in Macao accords the city the role of a gateway to China for people from Portuguese-speaking countries. Also, because of Macao’s proximity to China, studying in Macao allows me to access information about China that I couldn’t access in Portugal, so I can have a deeper understanding of China’s current development.’ Lourenço plans to find a job in Macao after graduation. That’s why she decided to study law at UM. She wants to familiarise herself with Macao laws and build networks in order to pave the way for her future career development.

Learning Chinese to Increase Competitiveness

Francisca and Teresa are two other exchange students from Portugal in the FLL. They both treasure the opportunity to study at an Asian university, so they want to make the most out of it. They have enrolled for a Chinese language course in the Confucius Institute at UM which is targeted at people whose native tongue is not Chinese. Teresa says, ‘I love to learn new languages and new cultures, and UM is the ideal place to learn Chinese, because when you live in a Chinese-speaking environment, it’s easier to remember the new words. My Chinese language instructor is very strict. He believes in the importance of speaking Chinese with the correct pronunciations and intonation, so if you can’t do it right, he will ask you to try again and again, until you get it right.’

Francisca wants to pursue a career in business law after graduation. As a European, she feels studying and living at UM offers her a window to the Chinese culture. She says college graduates who have studied in China are favoured on the European job market. She says, ‘Many Chinese companies are investing in Portugal. So many Portuguese companies want to hire people who can speak Mandarin, because proficiency in Chinese, and better yet, in the Chinese culture, is very useful during business negotiations.’

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