Mandatory Disclosure of Third-Party Funding in International Arbitration

HU Yue

I. Introduction
Recent years have seen an upsurge in the number of third-party funded cases and the number of reported cases involving issues relating to third-party funding in international arbitrations. The existence of third-party funding in international arbitration can create potential arbitrator conflict of interest. A number of factors contribute to the concern about arbitrator conflict of interest: arbitrators may take ad hoc consultancy positions with some third-party funders (TPF), the symbiotic relationship between TPF and a small group of law firms, the relationship between law firms and some arbitrators, and the general calls for transparency.
As a result of the increased concern, third-party funding has increasingly drawn the attention of arbitral institutions and national legislatures. Many arbitral … Read the rest

Waking Up the Sleeping Giant of Copyright Protection for Digital Music in China

HU Meng

Less than ten years ago, China’s music copyright infringement rate was widely regarded as the highest in the world.[1]As a result, although it has the largest population in the world, in 2011 China only ranked 38 in the retail value of the music market.[2]However, after the tipping point in 2015, things have changed dramatically. According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (“IFPI”) Global Music Report 2018, China’s ranking has been up to 10[3]. In spite of such impressive progress, China is like a giant who has just awoken. In 2016, the average music revenue per person in China was only 0.1 dollars. In the U.S, the number is 16.4 and … Read the rest

Rethinking the Territorial Jurisdiction of the Chinese Internet Courts


Zhou Qiang, President of the Supreme People's Court of China, at the inauguration scene of Hangzhou Internet Court

Zhou Qiang, President of the Supreme People’s Court, at the inauguration scene (photo ©Zhejiang News

Lin Yifu

Internet technology has brought challenges against the traditional rule of territorial jurisdiction, rethinking and reconstructing the rule of territorial jurisdiction is a must. Even though a plaintiff now can file a lawsuit over the internet without incurring considerable pre-paid traveling cost, the question becomes in which internet courts can plaintiff file the lawsuit.

This Note explores the issues of the territorial jurisdiction of the Internet Court in China. Beginning with the introduction of the Internet Courts in China, the history and the current development of Internet Courts are provided. Judicial provisions regarding the jurisdiction of Internet Courts are provided in this section … Read the rest

Can the Shenzhen New Model Residents’ Committee Prevent Domestic Violence?

Ye Yuyan

On October 24th 2018, while he was in Shenzhen, President Xi visited Beizhan community in the city’s Longhua District. He was very pleased to see what Longhua district had done to provide better services to residents.[1]

President Xi at Beizhan Community, Longhua District (photo ©Xinhua News

Even though the national Anti-Domestic Violence Law designates local residents’ committees as part of a broader system of organizations to prevent domestic violence[2], it does not specify how the committee can do the job. The Shenzhen model has demonstrated a possible way.

This article discusses how one district in Shenzhen has reformed its residents’ committees to be more efficient and professional in serving residents, along with its implications of Read the rest

STL Law Review Blog meets the world

Professor Susan Finder

I’m pleased to be able to guide an outstanding team of STL students to establish a blog on Greater Bay/Pearl River Delta-related Chinese legal issues, befitting STL’s role as China’s most innovative law school in China’s most innovative city. The students are for the most part in their second year at STL. This blog will enable our STL law students to provide their unique perspective on Chinese legal issues to the English-speaking world. Many thanks to Dina Yehia Salaheldin, Writing and Research Specialist at STL for her assistance.

Why a blog? Because that is what everyone in the legal professional world outside China reads. The blog will supplement the STL Law Review, to be published in an … Read the rest