China visit strengthens partnerships

28 March 2019

International business lawyers must have a good understanding of the Chinese legal system, University of Queensland Academic Dean and Head of UQ School of Law Professor Patrick Parkinson has confirmed.

Professor Parkinson recently visited eight of China’s top law schools to foster partnerships that will benefit UQ researchers and students.

“Understanding Chinese law and its legal system is very important for Australian lawyers wanting to engage in international business,” he said.

“Given the close economic relationship between China and Australia it is also important for many Chinese lawyers to have an understanding of Australian law.”

Professor Parkinson visited several universities in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Chongqing with the hope that his visit would lead to closer cooperation between UQ and leading Chinese law schools such as Renmin University and China University of Politics and Law.

“A major focus of discussion is the way that legal practice is changing all over the world as a result of digital disruption,” he said.

“There are many challenges that new technologies create for legal regulation.”

Professor Parkinson lectured on Family Relationship Centres at East China University of Politics and Law and also presented at the Southwestern University of Politics and Law on improving access to justice in family law.

Renmin, which has one of China’s two top law schools, expressed interest in renewing an agreement for articulation between its LLM degree and the postgraduate program at UQ.

The Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and the Southwestern University of Politics and Law also expressed great interest in developing such agreements.

Media: Law communications, Katie Rowney, or +61 7 3443 1321.

Image: Professor Parkinson presented at the East China University of Politics and Law.