哈佛大学法学院副院长William P. Alford教授对人民大学法学专业教学团队的到访表示热烈欢迎，在回顾了两校法学院多年长期保持的良好合作关系后，殷切期待双方专家学者通过教学工作坊的开展，在本次专业教学法的交流培训中共同学习、共同进步。
Opening Address On The Welcome Ceremony From Prof. William P. Alford
To Our Guests from Renmin University,
Thank you for coming to Harvard Law School. We are very appreciative of the years of warm relations between Harvard Law School and Renmin University’s Law School and pleased to welcome you here for what we hope will be two lively weeks of mutual learning.
Over your two weeks here, you will have dozens of hours of instruction from some of Harvard’s leading experts, addressing a range of legal topics and a variety of different approaches to teaching. I will be joining you for several class sessions and social events, but the primary part of your time here which I will be leading will take place on Saturday July 2 and Sunday July 3, and will take a somewhat different shape from your other classes.
I appreciate that you likely will be tired by the end of your first week (between jet lag and reading and class), and so I want to structure our time that weekend to be less tiring but still intellectually enriching, while taking advantage of our presence in Boston with its long history.
On Saturday July 2, I will lead you via the subway (which, speaking of history, was created at the time of the 光绪 Emperor of the 清dynasty in 1898) to Boston to visit two amazing historical sites. The first is the John F.Kennedy Presidential Library and the second is the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate. Our visits there will provide us with a window into important dimensions of how law is created and enforced in the United States, as well as American history. They also are located on an especially beautiful site. Following our visits, I will take you for a good meal over which I hope we will be able to share your questions and thoughts about what we will have seen that day. We will provide you with details about departure time soon.
On Sunday July 3, we want to give you the morning to rest (you will also have all of July 4 – US national day – to rest). In the afternoon, I will lead a two hour session (from 2 to 4) focused on the US-China relationship, with particular attention to law. Obviously, this is so large a topic that one could spend a whole semester on it ,so this seminar will be more general and exploratory. I also appreciate that this will be rather different from what you are doing in other classes at Harvard, in the sense that it will be less like specific areas of law that we usually focus on in detail Nonetheless, I think it worth devoting time to because law is increasingly so central to our bilateral relationship and because my sense is that, although the role of lawyers differs some in our two nations, lawyers in each of our nations have the potential to help society develop well considered ways to address complicated issues.
I attach our reading for that Sunday session – which I have tried to keep manageable. Our reading commences with a short item from the Pew Research Center concerning the ways in which Americans and Chinese see one and other (as it is always good, I think, to start with data). We next have an more speculative piece by Brent Crane about how our two nations understand each other, followed by a short “debate” in both Chinese and English between Professor 王缉思 and Dr. Ian Bremmer about challenges in the relationship.
With the foregoing background, we then will turn or attention to the law more specifically, and here look at two areas. The first concerns some of the challenges lawyers and other professionals face in the practical interface between our two nations and for it we have an article entitled “When US Law Collides with Chinese Reality” by three professionals and a news item (in Chinese) concerning a dispute between the United States Securities Regulatory Commission and the Big Four accounting firms regarding records in China. The second area concerns corruption and how efforts to address it are bringing the two nations together. The reading for this starts with a short statement by the US government of the elements of our Foreign Corrupt Practice, which is then followed by five short news items about its implementation as concerns China (including several which underscore that the problems lie on the American side as well as the Chinese side). Our concluding item consists of excerpts about further cooperation between our governments regarding joint anti-corruption efforts agreed to at the recently (June 2016) concluded US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue.
Please note that in my assigning you these readings, I am not necessarily endorsing any particular piece or position. My goal, instead, is to prompt lively discussion between us on challenging issues that need good legal minds. I look forward to seeing you on the 2nd and 3rd of July. Do let me know if you have questions.
Opening Address On The Welcome Ceremony From Prof. Tian Hongjie
Dear Prof. William P. Alford, ladies and gentlemen,
I’m very glad to come to Harvard Law School to attend the exchange program of Professional Teaching Method. Harvard Law School has made great effort and contribution to this program. Let me take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to Harvard Law School!
Renmin Law School and Harvard Law School share the long memory of cooperating. For more than ten years, our faculties and students have experienced various exchange activities, which has not only enhanced mutual understanding and trust, shaped a lot of professors and students with international horizon and profound knowledge of the two countries’ law, achieved great success in giving legal aid to the disabled but also built a series of cooperative mechanism. Now, Renmin-Harvard Law School Workshop, long-distance joint teaching and student-exchange project have become normalized cooperative mechanisms between the two law schools, promoting and witnessing the further cooperating.
The exchange and cooperating between Renmin University and Harvard University mainly focus on academic field. While just like the old Chinese saying goes “a teacher is the one who could propagate the doctrine，impart professional knowledge，and resolve doubts”, for a mentor in a university, fostering the students is never less important than academic works. The outcome of the teaching procedure directly depends on the teaching method. As a result, our visit to Harvard University is to share our ideas and opinions about teaching method in order to foster more students of high quality and make more contributions to the humankind. In this sense, our journey to Harvard University is a journey of ice-breaking, a journey of pioneering and a journey of hope. In order to achieve the best result, we have selected a team composed of the brilliant professors from every subject and carefully prepared for all the parts. I’m also looking forward to my dear colleagues in Harvard sharing your experience and advice. With the interacting of ideas and viewpoints, we will harvest new knowledge.
Tschen Yin koh, the famous Chinese historian, alumni of Harvard University, once said: “only the independent spirit and free thought can live long through the history and shine forever.” His word has inspired countless Chinese intellectuals. However, tens of years has passed, the students graduating from Chinese Universities is far from the “independent spirit and free thought”. Qian Xuesen’s Question is still bothering every Chinese professor. For this great goal, we are eager for your precious experience and advice in this journey of knowledge.
Franklin D.Roosevelt, the former president of the U.S., also alumni of Harvard University, leaved these words: “Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money, it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative efforts.” For a mentor in a university, isn’t it the greatest achievement to foster the excellent student? Isn’t creative efforts needed while fostering the students? We believe that our visit to Harvard will also be a journey of happiness.
Finally, let me give my best wishes to my dear colleges and this exchange program on behalf of Center for Teaching Development and Law School of Renmin University of China. I hope this program to achieve completely success.