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UCI, Fudan University form business, law institute

The program will serve as a 'think tank' for American, Chinese scholars, leaders.

By Kristen SchottPublished: June 01, 2011 10:42 AM

UC Irvine and Fudan University in Shanghai have formed a new bilateral U.S.-China institute focusing on the fields of business and law. Officials from UCI's Paul Merage School of Business and School of Law, and leaders from the School of Management at Fudan University on Tuesday signed a contract to create the first-of-its-kind program.

Formally titled the John S. and Marilyn Long U.S.-China Institute for Business and Law, the program will be led by Paul Merage School Professor Emeritus John Graham and will serve as a "think tank" for local, national and worldwide scholars, leaders, policymakers and students, according to the local institution. Its goal is to form an "open and public platform" that will help such individuals "share ideas and foster a broader understanding of business, legal and socio-economic issues,” between the two countries, said Paul Merage School Dean Andrew Policano.

“We are now at a unique moment in history in which it is especially important to develop ties between China and the U.S. in business and law,” added Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UCI's law school.

The institute will also work to support research, publish current scholarship, and hold leadership summits and an annual conference, which will alternate between the U.S. and China. The U.S. portion of the program will be housed in the John S. and Marilyn Long U.S.-China Institute for Business and Law at UCI.

“A trio of fundamental elements comprise any bilateral international business relationship – the product, the marketplace and the law that governs them,” said John Long. “Our Institute will collaboratively address these with the intent of developing a new language of international understanding.”

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