US-China Legal Cooperation Fund Announces New Grants

Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:01am EDT

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The US-China Legal Cooperation Fund has announced its most recent round
of grants for rule-of-law projects in China. 

    The US-China Legal Cooperation Fund, an initiative financed by leading
American companies engaged in trade and investment with the People's
Republic of China, has awarded more than $1.4 million in grants since
1999. Each project is jointly implemented by American and Chinese
partners; to date, 60 American and 53 Chinese institutions have
participated in projects that received support from the Fund.

    The Fund's Board of Trustees, co-chaired by Herbert J. Hansell of the law
firm Jones Day and R. Michael Gadbaw of Georgetown Law Center, announced
that the following three projects have received support from the Fund: 

--  Cornell Law School and China University of Political Science and Law
    will conduct an exchange program to strengthen China's first death
    penalty clinic, by having a Chinese attorney observe and participate
    in the work of the Cornell Death Penalty Project.
--  John Marshall Law School and the China Intellectual Property Training
    Center will convene an advanced workshop for Chinese and American law
    students on patent law, including a comparative appellate moot court
    program, and a semester-long educational program on intellectual
    property law for Chinese judges.
--  Vermont Law School and the Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution
    Victims at China University of Political Science and Law will help
    judges and instructors at China's National Judges College develop and
    implement an environmental law training curriculum.


The US-China Legal Cooperation Fund solicits proposals from American
and Chinese partners seeking support for cooperative efforts to
strengthen improvement of legal services, protection of legal rights,
legal education, legislative and judicial procedures, and other
rule-of-law-related areas in China. 

    Current financial contributors to the Fund include:

    GE Foundation; The Boeing Company; ExxonMobil Corporation; Motorola
Solutions, Inc.; Cargill, Incorporated; Dewey & LeBoeuf; FedEx Express;
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Mary Kay Inc.; and Jones Day.

    The US-China Legal Cooperation Fund is a program of the China Business
Forum (501/c/3), the education and research arm of the US-China Business
Council (501/c/6). Further information about the Fund and its grants
program is available on its website (


Herbert J. Hansell
Jones Day

R. Michael Gadbaw
Georgetown Law Center

John Frisbie
The US-China Business Council

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