September 05, 2014
Professor Guiguo Wang, who has joined the Tulane law faculty from City University of Hong Kong, visited with students at an August reception for new LLM candidates.
Photo by Tracie Morris Schaefer
Guiguo Wang, a world-renowned scholar on international economic law and an entrepreneurial leader in legal education, has joined the Tulane Law School faculty as Eason-Weinmann Chair of International and Comparative Law.
With his broad experience, innovative ideas and extensive connections, Wang brings the ability to open new avenues for Tulane’s growing influence in Asia, complementing the school’s longtime strengths in Europe and Latin America.
Dean David Meyer hailed Wang's recruitment as a “major coup” for Tulane. “Dean Wang brings Tulane deep strength in international trade law, complementing our longstanding strengths in maritime and public international law,” Meyer said. “He also brings unsurpassed expertise in Chinese commercial law and the Chinese legal system at a time of critical and growing importance.”
Wang comes to Tulane from the City University of Hong Kong, where he recently completed a highly successful tenure as dean of the law faculty and founded an institute focused on advanced legal education for judges from mainland China. The institute has provided sophisticated professional training for more than 500 judges, including sessions in Hong Kong and direct exposure to the U.S. legal system through visits to the Supreme Court, Justice Department and other institutions.
Discussions are underway about launching a similar initiative to bring Chinese judges to Tulane. As a society governed by the rule of law, the United States “can offer some good experience and ... lessons to the Chinese judges,” Wang said. “If the judicial system is improved, the business environment would be improved."
In addition to continuing his pioneering scholarship in international and comparative law, Wang hopes to promote East-West cultural exchanges, attract more Chinese students to Tulane and expand Tulane's partnerships with top universities in China and other Asian countries.
Tulane has dual-degree partnerships with China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, Fudan University in Shanghai and Dalian Maritime University and in 2013 started a four-week summer Institute of Chinese Law and Business Transactions with classes in Beijing and Shanghai, led by Professor Joel Friedman.
“We are living in a highly globalized world. Individuals, enterprises, countries are very much interdependent,” Wang said. “It is important for people to have a better understanding of each other. Mutual understanding is the key to avoiding misjudgments.”
With the two largest economies on the planet, the United States and China “play a very, very important part in the world, and it is critical and essential that the people of these two countries get to know each other,” he said.
Wang's prodigious record of published scholarship includes dozens of books and articles on international trade law and policy, international investment and banking law and corporate law. Several of his landmark volumes, including International Monetary and Financial Law and Wang’s Business Law of China, are now in their third or fourth editions.
In 2010, Wang was invited to deliver the Hague Academy Lectures at the Hague Academy of International Law. He is one of just 80 Titular Members of the International Academy of Comparative Law (and the fifth from Tulane’s faculty, along with Professors Claire Dickerson, Jim Gordley, Vernon Palmer and Thanassi Yiannopoulos) and has served as Chairman of the Hong Kong National Committee for the International Academy of Comparative Law and in Distinguished Visiting Professorships at Hunan Normal University and the University of British Columbia.
When Wang received his JSD from Yale Law School in 1984, he was the first person from mainland China since 1949 to do so. He was the first Chinese recipient of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research fellowship, through which he took part in seminars at the International Court of Justice and studied at The Hague Academy of International Law, the U.N. legal affairs office and the World Bank legal department. He also has been an arbitrator for more than 20 years and is chairman of the Hong Kong WTO Research Institute.
Note: This article was amended from the original.