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The University of Maine School of Law has concluded an exchange agreement with the City University of Hong Kong School of Law

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The University of Maine School of Law has concluded an exchange agreement with the City University of Hong Kong School of Law. Maine Law joins American University, Columbia University, Harvard University, William & Mary, Oxford University, and the University of Aix-Marseille in France as institutions partnering with City University of Hong Kong School of Law. The Hong Kong exchange is an excellent opportunity for Maine Law students and faculty. Since the handover from Britain to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in 1997, Hong Kong has been a Special Administrative Region of the PRC and has a common law system inherited from the British. English is widely spoken in Hong Kong—an international metropolis with easy access to mainland Chinese institutions in Shangai and Beijing.

City University comprises 20,000 students with 1,000 law students working in LL.B.,J.D., LL.M., and J.S.D. programs. The medium of instruction is English. Most professors hold graduate law degrees from the United States, the United Kingdom or Australia. The Maine Law - City University of Hong Kong agreement enables students to study for J.D. credit in each institution, and facilitates faculty exchanges and research collaboration. Michael McCallister, Maine JD 2010, is the first student to benefit from the exchange and is currently in Hong Kong enrolled in international investment law and arbitration among other courses. This Maine - Hong Kong agreement was initiated by Associate Professor Charles Norchi. (see photo). During May 2009 he was Visiting Professor at City University of Hong Kong School of Law, he continues to participate on the Advisory Committee of the new Hong Kong Centre for Maritime Law and Transportation, and helped organize a conference at City University in November on “The New Haven School of Jurisprudence.” Professor Norchi is collaborating on an international law research project with City University Law faculty and completing an article for the Hong Kong-based Asia-Pacific Law Review.