American Bar Association
Section of International Law: China Committee

Section of International Law:
China Committee

Mission Statement

This committee supports ABA members with interests in China-related legal matters. Committee work, in the United States and in China, including the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau, includes review, analysis, comment, and information-sharing on matters of law, legal practice, and related policy as well as social and business networking events. Additionally, the committee organizes and sponsors educational programs relevant to China practice. The committee's scope crosses borders and addresses China related issues that may originate from continents other than North America and Asia. Within China and the Chinese territories, the China committee works to facilitate links and understanding between the ABA and local bar associations, and also with legal practitioners based in China but licensed from other countries, as well as both Chinese and international law students.

Message From The Co-Chairs

On behalf of our leadership team, welcome to the China Committee homepage. We hope you take the time to explore the rich content on this page, including the “China Law Reporter” (our award-winning newsletter), global teleconference program materials, “Year-in-Review” articles, City Survival Guides, China Law Research Guides, online resources and more.

The China Committee is an adventurous group allowing members to observe, analyze, discuss, and participate in fast-moving legal developments in Greater China. Opportunities are available to understand and inquire about how changes may or will affect businesses operating in China or with businesses doing business with Chinese on all continents.

We have programs on cutting edge topics lined up for the coming year that will be presented globally via teleconference,and live in Shanghai, New York, Los Angeles,and many other cities.

Attorneys from around the world gather at Social Networking Mixers in Shanghai, Beijing, and New York City as well as at the SIL conferences at organized gatherings. U.S.A.and Shanghai associate attorneys can participate in the pilot Internship Exchange Program.

In September 2013, we launched the ABA year with a 2-day Antitrust Program in Beijing and 1-day “hot topic” program in Shanghai with record breaking attendance.

We are in the process of planning an attorney referral program for ABA members and an on-line chat session on China law. CLE credits can soon be earned from events in Shanghai, Los Angeles and elsewhere.

As foreign investment in China grows and Chinese do business around the world, our Committee is looking to expand our program offerings in the U.S., Europe, Latin America and beyond.

Scholarly articles on the most recent developments in Chinese law are published in our “China Law Reporter”. These articles serve as an excellent reference for law practitioners with an interest in or a China-related Practice. Brief updates on changes in Chinese law will be published in our “E-Bulletin”.

A monthly overview of the Committee’s offerings is sent out in our “China Committee Communicator”. Material and audios from our numerous programs are available after the program has long since been presented.

Membership in the Section of International Law includes free membership in as many committees as one would choose. We especially encourage lawyers from Greater China to join the Section and the China Committee.

We encourage you to join, attend or participate in our projects and programs. We also encourage you to contribute to our various publications and to return to this website often for updates.

If you are not a member of the Section of International Law, we encourage you to join. If you're not a U.S.-qualified lawyer, don't worry--more than 10% of Section members are lawyers licensed in jurisdictions other than the United States. You can still join the ABA and the Section of International Law as an associate member, and still be a leader in the Section, all without being a U.S.-qualified lawyer.

If you are a member of the Section but not a member of the China Committee, please consider joining. As our Mission Statement (above) states, we support Section members with interests in China-related legal matters and work to facilitate links between Greater China and the world and an understanding of the many unique legal issues involved in doing business in Greater China.

We welcome everyone to join on our monthly Committee Conference Call, held the third Wednesday of every month at 8:30 pm EST (third Thursday at 8:30 am China/9:30am in Nov.-Feb).

The dial-in information is:

Toll-free dial-in number (U.S. and Canada): 866-646-6488
International dial-in number: 707-287-9583
Conference code: 6149775772

If you have any questions or comments about the China Committee, please contact us. Thank you for visiting the China Committee homepage.

Program Recordings

Advice to Foreign Multinationals Doing Business in China on Vertical Issues in High Tech Industry: Dealing with Your Distributors/Wholesalers in China

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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Advice to Foreign Multinationals Doing Business in China on Vertical Issues in High Tech Industry

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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Explore a New Trend: China and the EU, Direct Investment
Monday, December 10, 2012

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Solving the China Puzzle in Global Merger Review
November 1, 2012

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Strengthening Your China Compliance Program Through Employment Building Blocks: From Onboarding to Termination
September 8, 2011

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

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    Committee Events

    Inter-Pacific Bar Association’s 24th Annual Meeting and Conference

    May 8, 2014 - May 11, 2014

    The Annual Conference of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) is taking place in Vancouver, Canada from May 8-11, 2014.

    IPBA 2014 will feature over 25 special guest speakers, including leaders from the world of business, policy development, environmental awareness and the law, debating aspects of the Conference theme: Sustainability in a Finite World.

    Holiday Mixer

    December 12, 2013

    You are invited to attend an informal social and networking even at The Burdigala Wine Bistrot on Jiashan Road. The event presents a great opportunity to meet new friends in the legal community and reconnect with old ones.

    This year, we will be raising funds for Shanghai Qing Congquan Training Center for Children with Special Needs, a non-profit private organization providing professional rehabilitation training and coaching to children who suffer from autism and their families. Let's celebrate the holiday season in the spirit of sharing and giving.

    Date: Thursday, December 12, 2013

    Time: 6:30-8:30pm

    Venue: The Burdigala Wine Bistrot (Tel No: +86 21 6422 9826

    Address: 301 Jiashan Rd./ cross Jianguo Rd., Xuhui District, Shanghai

    Cost: 170 RMB per person (Wine/beverages and canapes)

    Please RSVP by sending an email to Qingqing (Olivia) Tang at with your name and law firm or company affiliation by December 9. After that date, please send an email to confirm availability.

    2013 U.S.-China Legal Exchange

    December 4, 2013 - December 9, 2013

    This December, the U.S. Department of Commerce and China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) will co-host the 18th U.S.-China Legal Exchange, a unique forum that allows the U.S. business, legal, and academic communities in three U.S. cities to hear directly from Chinese officials about new and important developments in China’s commercial legal and regulatory landscape.

    High-level government officials from China, led by Assistant Minister of Commerce Zhang Xiangchen, will present to public audiences in Washington, DC, Boston, MA, and Irvine, CA for a full day on two areas of China’s commercial law regime:

    Chinese Energy Conservation & Renewable Energy Law; and

    Legal Aspects of Entrepreneurship in China, including Private Equity and Venture Capital.

    Click the link above for more information.

    An Afternoon of Hot Topics - USA and China

    September 18, 2013
    The American Bar Association Section of International Law In cooperation with the Shanghai Bar Association Presents:

    An Afternoon of Hot Topics ~ USA and China

    Wednesday, September 18, 2013
    27 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road
    Shanghai, China

    Lunch: 12 noon - 1:30pm, The House of Roosevelt
    Sponsored by Ropes & Gray and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

    Programs: 2 - 5:15pm
    Jones Day – Shanghai Office

    “Disputes Related to Sensitive Business Information –
    Breaches, Their Consequences and How to Manage Them”
    Moderator: Yizhe Zhang of Jones Day, Beijing
    Speaker: Michael Kendall of McDermott Will & Emery, Boston
    Speaker: Judge Xie Xie Chen, VP Maritime Court (formerly Chief Judge IP Division Inter. Ct)
    Speaker: Bailey Xu of Haworth & Lexon Law Firm, Shanghai
    Speaker: Jianmin Yi, Legal Director, Legal Director, Asia Pacific of Nexteer Automotive Asia

    “Differences in U.S. and China-based Litigation”
    Moderator:   Mimi Yang of Ropes & Gray, Shanghai
    Speaker: David Steuer of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, California
    Speaker: Luming Chen of Jun He Law Firm, Shanghai
    Speaker: Richard Lin of Fangda Partners, Shanghai

    Reception: 5:30 - 7pm, The House of Roosevelt
    Sponsored by Jones Day and McDermott Will & Emery

    Registration is required and complimentary

    Register at
    Questions, please contact Summer Li ( +(86 21) 2201-8041 or
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    Program Details

    Disputes Related to Sensitive Business Information – Breaches, Their Consequences and How to Manage Them
    The session will compare how a hypothetical breach of business confidentiality or infringement of trade secrets would be handled in the U.S. and China. Some of the issues to be discussed include: definition of trade secrets; legal consequences of a breach in different jurisdictions; jurisdictional challenges to enforcement; evidentiary challenges; non-compete clause in employee contract; compliance with competition laws for market intelligence gathering activities; general counsel’s role; and internal investigations of possible breaches of confidentiality.   [2:00 – 3:30 PM]

    Tea Break, sponsored by Jones Day    3:30-3:45]

    Differences in U.S. and China-based Litigation    [3:45-5:15pm]
    This session will consider the major differences between the U.S. and Chinese court systems and what those differences mean for Chinese companies involved in litigation in either jurisdiction. The panel discussion will focus on the dissimilar approaches that each court system takes with regard to legal precedent, discovery, litigant’s autonomy, how those differences affect costs and predictability, and how Chinese companies may manage the dispute resolution risks.

    Legal Services Trade Mission to China

    September 16, 2013 - September 18, 2013

    The General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce is leading a Legal Services Trade Mission to China from September 16-18, 2013, with the support of the American Bar Association.

    The purpose of the mission is to introduce U.S. law firms to the Chinese market, to help firms market U.S. legal services to Chinese law firms and companies, including those interested in doing business in the U.S. market, and to further an ongoing dialogue with Chinese authorities on opening the Chinese legal services market.

    Opportunities exist for U.S. law firms providing legal services in a number of practice areas, including capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, international trade, inbound and outbound investment, shipping, and intellectual property rights.

    Apply to join the mission by visiting: or contact or 202.482.2054 before August 16, 2013.

    The Department of Commerce will review applications and make selection decisions on a rolling basis until the maximum number of participants is selected.

    Section Events

      “CAS”: The “Supreme Court of Sports” at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics


      The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio captured the attention of the world and also spawned a record-setting number of high-profile disputes involving athletes from countries around the globe, competing in a broad range of Olympic events. Nicknamed the Supreme Court of Sport, the Court of Arbitration for ...

      The Impact of TPP on NAFTA.


      Proponents of the TPP state that it will deepen the economic relations between NAFTA countries. The Obama Administration argues that NAFTA is strengthened because it expressly addresses workers rights and environmental issues, and imposes trade sanctions for violations. The TPP also addresses ...

      International Employment Hurdles: Payroll Tax Played Out.


      This program will discuss the international component of payroll and employment tax. The discussion will entail the background of the tax and the implications of such a tax on employers and employees. The program will address double taxation, mutual agreements and treaties, retirement and old age insurance, ...

    City Survival Guides

    China Law Research Guides & Other Resources

    Asia/Pacific Antitrust Round-up

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