On 10th September 2016 Jane Anthony and Hilary Chadwick set off for the Orient to foster relationships with Universities and to attend a conference hosted by Uclan’s Confucius partner Beijing International Studies University (BISU)
First stop was Hebei University in the city of Baoding where they were made most welcome by the Law School. They were given a tour of both the old and new campuses and delivered a lecture to the Law students. In addition, they met up with some familiar faces notably Jessica who had been a visiting scholar at Lancashire Law School in 2015. There was also an opportunity for some sightseeing, they were shown round the Zhili Governor’s Office in Baoding dating back to 18th Century and a restored Lotus Pond garden which was extremely tranquil.
Towards the end of the week they visited BISU and met with potential partners in both the Law and Business Schools and had interesting and hopefully fruitful discussions.
In addition, BISU was hosting an International Symposium on Foreign Law and Comparative Law where Jane delivered a paper entitled “Legal Education: Knowledge, Skills and Employability” whilst their colleague from the Law school, Henrik Andersen delivered a paper entitled “China’s One Belt One Road – Transnational and Multilevel Rule of Law Challenges from a European Perspective”. Both papers engendered many interesting questions. The conference came about after Professor Keyuan Zou from Lancashire Law School had hosted an International and Comparative Law Conference last year with the Confucius Institute Partners. It was a great opportunity to network with Legal Scholars from around the world. Moreover, Lancashire Law School are hoping that there will be opportunities for students to go to China to participate in a summer school next year…so watch this space!!
However, it wasn’t all work as Jane and Hilary found time during their trip to visit the Great Wall which was truly a most spectacular sight.