SOURCE: The US-China Business Council

The US-China Business Council

August 29, 2011 10:00 ET

US-China Legal Cooperation Fund Announces New Grants

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Aug 29, 2011) - The US-China Legal Cooperation Fund has announced its most recent round of grants for rule-of-law projects in China.

The US-China Legal Cooperation Fund, an initiative financed by leading American companies engaged in trade and investment with the People's Republic of China, has awarded more than $1.4 million in grants since 1999. Each project is jointly implemented by American and Chinese partners; to date, 60 American and 53 Chinese institutions have participated in projects that received support from the Fund.

The Fund's Board of Trustees, co-chaired by Herbert J. Hansell of the law firm Jones Day and R. Michael Gadbaw of Georgetown Law Center, announced that the following three projects have received support from the Fund:

  • Cornell Law School and China University of Political Science and Law will conduct an exchange program to strengthen China's first death penalty clinic, by having a Chinese attorney observe and participate in the work of the Cornell Death Penalty Project.

  • John Marshall Law School and the China Intellectual Property Training Center will convene an advanced workshop for Chinese and American law students on patent law, including a comparative appellate moot court program, and a semester-long educational program on intellectual property law for Chinese judges.

  • Vermont Law School and the Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims at China University of Political Science and Law will help judges and instructors at China's National Judges College develop and implement an environmental law training curriculum.

The US-China Legal Cooperation Fund solicits proposals from American and Chinese partners seeking support for cooperative efforts to strengthen improvement of legal services, protection of legal rights, legal education, legislative and judicial procedures, and other rule-of-law-related areas in China.

Current financial contributors to the Fund include:

GE Foundation; The Boeing Company; ExxonMobil Corporation; Motorola Solutions, Inc.; Cargill, Incorporated; Dewey & LeBoeuf; FedEx Express; Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Mary Kay Inc.; and Jones Day.

The US-China Legal Cooperation Fund is a program of the China Business Forum (501/c/3), the education and research arm of the US-China Business Council (501/c/6). Further information about the Fund and its grants program is available on its website (

Contact Information

    Herbert J. Hansell
    Jones Day

    R. Michael Gadbaw
    Georgetown Law Center

    John Frisbie
    The US-China Business Council