China 2013-14



The inaugural National Rounds in China took place in Beijing from 2nd–4th
December, 2013. The competition was hosted by the Renmin University School of Law and was organised in association with the Asia-Pacific Institute of Law and the Civil Law and Commercial Law Legal Science Research Centre. It was generously supported by the Chang Jiang Civilian Education Foundation and the UNESCO Cluster Office in Beijing. Teams from some of the most prestigious law schools in China argued before panels of experienced practitioners and academics, including leading Chinese lawyers such as Ms Min He, legal counsel at Shell China Ltd., and Mr Tianning Ma, a partner at King & Wood Mallesons’, as well as international experts such as Professor Jacques DeLisle of the University of Pennsylvania. Shandong University emerged victorious as the overall winner of the competition after prevailing over the University of Political Science and Law in a head-to-head final.


Overall Winner:

Shandong University, Jinan

Overall Runner-up:

University of Political Science and Law, Beijing

Other Participating Teams:

Beijing Jiaotong University
Communication University of China
Heilongjiang University
Minzu University of China
Nankai University
Renmin University of China
Shanghai International Studies University
Tianjin Foreign Studies University
Tsinghua University
University of International Business and Economics


Mr Xiongshan Cai is a senior legal manager at Tencent and senior researcher of Tencent Cyberlaw Research Center. He is also a senior legal researcher of the Institute of Economy and Policy Research, China Academy of Telecommunication Research, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (CATR, MIIT). He holds an LL.M. in International Law from Transnational Law and Business University in Seoul and an LL.M. in EU Law from Paris – 1 University, and has experience in trade negotiation in English.

Mr Alessio Chirumbolo is a foreign legal consultant at the International Legal Affairs Department of Yingke Law Firm in Beijing. His practice focuses on corporate law, investments, and cross-border commercial transactions. He has experience in advising on various aspects of international transactions, including partnerships and joint ventures; foreign direct investments; mergers and acquisitions; sale and purchase transactions; real estate projects.

Mr Peng Chun earned his LL.B. from Peking University Law School, where he was ranked 6th place out of a class of 170, and subsequently earned his B.A. in Economics at Peking University as well. He also participated in an exchange programme with the National University of Singapore Law Faculty, and is currently reading for his D.Phil. at the University of Oxford.

Mr Richard Danbury is a mentor and coorganiser of the Investigative Journalism Training Scheme of Channel 4 television and a media law trainer for the BBC College of Journalism, BBC Academy. He has worked formerly as a TV and radio producer, both freelance and at the BBC, and as a barrister at the Chambers of Edmund Lawson QC, and he has been a Fellow and then Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, Magdalene College, a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from the College of Law, London, and a Master of Studies in Law from the University of Oxford. He has completed the Vocational Course for the Bar at Inns of Court School of Law and is currently awaiting the viva for his D.Phil. in Law at the University of Oxford.

Prof. Jacques deLisle is the Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law, professor of political science, director of the Center for East Asian Studies and deputy director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania, and director of the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He has been a visiting professor and visiting scholar at several universities in East Asia and elsewhere. His scholarship focuses on China’s engagement with the international legal order, domestic legal reform (including judicial reform and administrative law) and its relationship to economic and political change in China, legal responses to crises (including public health, product safety and states of emergency) in China, Taiwan’s international status and cross-Strait relations, and U.S.-China relations.

Mrs Jinting Deng is an Assistant Professor of Law at Renmin University of China, School of Law. She read law at Renmin University of China and University of Michigan, and is teaching Chinese Civil Procedure (in English), Evidence Law and researching on comparative law, case law in
China, procedure law and labor law. Meanwhile she is facilitating the function of RUC LL.M. in Chinese Law Program.

Mr Xiaodong Ding is a post-doctoral Fellow at Renmin University Law School and S.J.D. Candidate at Yale Law School. He was editor and chief executive editor at Sun Yat- Sen University Law Review, Peking University
Law Review and Legislation Studies. He has studied and taught Jurisprudence, mostly about judicial justice and the construction ofjudicial system from the perspective of comparative law for more than seven years.

Mr Liyang Dong is a Researcher at the International Economic and Technology Cooperation Center, MIIT, Beijing. He studied English at Jiangsu University and read law at Renmin University of China and Georgetown University. He was a consecutive/ simultaneous interpreter from October 2007 to March 2010 at the World Bank, Beijing, China. He has organised major academic conferences and multinational negotiations in his capacity as Dean Secretary at Renmin Law School and Law Asia Centre Research Assistant at Georgetown University.

Mr Bin Gu is a Fulbright Visiting Scholar and a member of the American Society of International Law. He has rich experience in international business legal affairs, such as advising on litigation strategy in the WTO
dispute China – Rare Earths (WTO/DS431, 432, 433) and assisting in antidumping and Section 337 cases. He read law at Minzu University of China, University of International Business and Economics and Harvard Law School, and has practiced international trade law and financial law for
seven years.

Ms Min He is a legal counsel at Shell China Ltd. She has eight years’ experience as inhouse legal counsel with global energy companies such as SK Energy Corporation in Seoul, SK Energy China Co., Ltd and GAMESA Wind (Tianjin) Co., Ltd. She is familiar with legal work flows in foreign enterprises and has drafted or reviewed contracts and provided legal advice for major projects and commercial negotiations.

Mr Abdul Domonic Knowles is Head Business Lecturer in the International Business Curriculum Program in Beijing University of Chemical Technology. He was a Member of the Asia Pacific American Law
Association at Harvard Law School. He is studying Political Economy in SMC University in Switzerland and reading for a Ph.D. in International Law at China University of Political Science and Law. He is currently doing coursework on international law, human rights law, international arbitration and constitutional law among other subjects.

Mr Yao Li is a legal counsel at Shell (China) Ltd. He specialises in general corporate management, mergers and acquisitions in the foreign direct-investment markets and advising on bankruptcy dispute solution in tax and other areas. He read international law at Renmin University of China Law School and has previously focused in his practice on several industries such as PE, construction, commerce, telecom, advertising and media among others.

Mr Tianning Ma is a partner at King & Wood Mallesons’ securities and capital market group. He has extensive experience practicing media law, and has advised on several deals in the media industry, including the acquisition of Star TV by China Media Capital, IPO by Time Share Advertising Group, private financing by Mainone Information, restructuring of Lumiere Entertainment, restructuring of among others. He received his LL.M. from London School of Economics and Political Science, and his LL.B. from China Foreign Affairs University.

Mr Dennis Manalastas is an associate at Lawjay Partners and a member of China- Philippines Chamber of Commerce (CPCC). He specialises in corporate law and international commercial contracts as well as IT and intellectual property in the field of software and electronic media. He has more than ten years’ experience in corporate management and has served as President in an IT company and an IT industry association and as Director in four corporations.

Mr Michael Philip Paul is a Professor at Peking University Law School. He holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and has the US Patent and Trademark Office attorney’s license. He was employed orderly by Kenyon & Kenyon in New York and Jones Day Law Firm from 2001 to 2009, and is
experienced in patent right matters and drafting/reviewing commercial contracts. He read law at Boston University and Oxford, and has practiced IP law for more than thirteen years.

Mr Curt Anthony Polito is Managing Director at Polito & Company. He is a China Government Scholar and former Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. Mr Polito is an American qualified lawyer licensed in Alabama and West Virginia jurisdictions. He has been a volunteer and coach with Special
Olympics since 1995 and recently competed in the 2013 Beijing International Marathon to raise money for charity. Mr Polito holds a
J.D. from the University of Alabama and an LL.M. from Renmin University of China Law School.

Mr Joseph L. Pratt (Yifu Qiao) is a guest lecturer at Peking University Law School and in-house counsel at Winet Labs Ltd. He holds Bachelor degrees of Chinese and International Politics and Economics, and a J.D. from Northwest University Law School. He has been practicing corporate law, investments and IP law at big law firms and companies in Beijing, Hong Kong, Chicago and Washington DC for twenty years.

Mr Weihe Shang is an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he specializes in capital markets and venture capital transactions. Weihe’s practice includes public and private securities offerings, venture capital and private equity investment transactions, and general corporate advisory work for U.S. and Chinese public and private companies, as well as investment funds. He holds an LL.B. from Renmin University of China and an LL.M. From Cornell Law School, USA. Mr Charles G. Wharton is a Researcher in HLS Project on Disability, Beijing and Assistant Professor at Renmin University Law School. He studied Political Science at the University of Florida, and then received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in2012. He has been devoted to studying and teaching US Constitutional Law and doing comparative constitutional law research. His current research focuses on Chinese society backgrounds including disability rights, environment protection, law related to new technologies and constitutional law issues.

Mr Bingwan Xiong is a Lecturer & Postdoctoral Researcher in Law and
Economics at Renmin University of China. His research interests include property, law and economics, law and politics, legal philosophy and methodology among others. He read law at Renmin University and received his LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School, and was awarded many notable prizes such as Wu Yuzhang Scholarship and National Scholarship for his academic performance and leadership.

Ms Wanting Zhang works for Wholesale Banking Legal, Standard Chartered Bank (China) Ltd at the credit documentation unit. She graduated from Renmin University Law School with an LL.B. in July 2013. She has broad experience in debate competitions and international moot courts, and was awarded Best Oralist, Best Memo for Applicant and Best Memo for Respondent in the 11th China round of Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. She participated as an oralist in the 2013 Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court International Rounds.

Mr Wei Zhu is a Researcher at the Communications Law Centre of China University of Political Science and Law and Deputy Director of the Institute of Communications affiliated to the Civil and Commercial Law Centre of Renmin University of China. He has experience in advising on media operating and management, such as having part-time jobs at the Committee of Experts affiliated to Tencent Cyber Law Research Centre, as a Legal Expert of Council at the Beijing Internet Publicity Management Office, and being a legal expert of ICCD.

Ms Qin Zou is an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Her practice focuses on public and private corporate finance transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Zou received her LL.B. from Renmin University School of Law in 2002, her LL.M. from Transnational Law and Business University in 2004, and her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law in 2008. Ms. Zou has been teaching as an Adjunct Lecturer at Renmin University School of Law since March 2012.