On August 30, 2011, Cornell Law School entered into an agreement of educational cooperation with the KoGuan Law School of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Signed by Cornell's Stewart Schwab, the Allan R. Tessler Dean and Professor of Law, and KoGuan's Ji Weidong, Presiding Professor of Law, the agreement provides for student and faculty exchanges, academic and research collaborations such as conferences and writing projects, and cooperation on the development of both schools' law libraries.
"We are committed to wide-ranging and meaningful programs with leading institutions in China, and this partnership with KoGuan Law School is an important part of our engagement. KoGuan is known for its innovative programs and commitment to scholarship, which makes it an attractive partner for us."
Shanghai Jiao Tong University is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in China, and KoGuan has been ranked among the country's top 10 law schools. A discussion of mutually beneficial collaboration between KoGuan and Cornell was initiated in March 2010, when a delegation led by Dean Ji came to Cornell. In June 2010, Barbara Holden-Smith, Vice Dean and Professor of Law, visited KoGuan. Gregory Alexander, the A. Robert Noll Professor of Law, and Annelise Riles, the Jack G. Clarke Professor of Far East Legal Studies, have given scholarly workshops at KoGuan.
The agreement expands Chinese legal studies at Cornell. The Law School already conducts student exchange programs with the University of Hong Kong and Peking University Law School in Beijing, and its Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture, led by Professor Riles, fosters collaboration across disciplines and cultures through research, teaching, and scholarly dialogue. In January 2012, Xingzhong Yu, currently of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, will join the Law School's permanent faculty as the Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Professor in Chinese Law.