17 Jun 2019
Fifteen University of Nebraska College of Law students, one Indiana University School of Law student, and one Southern Methodist University School of Law student recently returned from a study abroad trip at Xi’an Jiaotong University in Xi’an, China and the Chinese University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, China. Dean Richard Moberly accompanied the group and Professor Harvey Perlman coordinated the trip with support from Hanban, the Chinese agency that sponsors Confucius Institutes around the world including at Nebraska.
The for-credit course occurred during the summer pre-session so that students were able to participate in the trip and return to the United States for other summer work experiences.
“Three days after my last final, I boarded a plane, quickly forgot about a tough year of law school, and immersed myself in the heart of China,” said Dave Fuxa, Nebraska Law 3L.
The course in Comparative Chinese Law included daily lectures from Chinese professors, as well as Professor Perlman and Dean Moberly. Students also attended lectures on Chinese economics and culture.
“In the mornings we attended lectures on comparative law, and in the afternoons we were guided to cultural heritage sites in and around Xi’an and Beijing. I witnessed first-hand the colorful and impressive Chinese history and culture.”
Students were given a special tour of the People’s Court and the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress. Judges from the Court and Standing Committee members led the tour and spent time with the students discussing the differences in Chinese and American legal processes.
“I was surprised both in how much I knew and how much I learned. The trip was a great extension of our International Perspectives course and a great supplement to upper level comparative law courses.”