Prof. Joseph Bauer Goes to Hong Kong

Joe Bauer China story Notre Dame Professor of Law Joseph Bauer spent three weeks at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) this spring teaching antitrust law—referred to as competition law in China—and intellectual property law to a group of LL.M. students at the University. He was invited to teach the mini-course based on a relationship he developed with his professional counterpart, an HKU professor.

“The students in this class were almost all practicing attorneys, and they had very little background on American law,” says Bauer. “They were more familiar with the foundations and nuances of British and Chinese legal systems and practices. But, because Hong Kong is an international financial and commercial powerhouse, understanding better the American approach to competition law is extremely important to the practice of law there.”

During his time in Asia, Bauer was able to visit some former students currently living and working in both Shanghai and Tokyo—one of the several side trips Bauer made while overseas. “I had dinner with a graduate of Notre Dame’s London LL.M. Program in International Law, and had fun catching up with several former J.D. students working at a large firm in Shanghai (shown in photo). All are very successful in their fields, and are wonderful representatives of Notre Dame abroad.” Bauer also delivered an invited lecture at Chinese University in Hong Kong on the topic of limitations on access by plaintiffs to the American judicial system.

This was not Bauer’s first time lecturing in Asia. In 2008 he spoke at a conference in South Korea, and in 2005 he delivered a talk in Fuzhou, China.

For more information on Professor Bauer, visit his faculty profile page.

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