Centre Members in the News

Are we prepared for the "big one?"

In his most recent publication (Law and Disaster: Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Meltdown in Japan, 1st Edition, London: Routledge, 2018), Professor Shigenori Matsui examines the response of the Japanese government to what is commonly referred to as the Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster. Japanese law, policy, and infrastructure were insufficiently prepared for these disasters, and the country’s weaknesses were brutally exposed. This book analyses these failings, and discusses what Japan, and other countries, can learn from these events. Read More...

 


Richmond worker detained in China seeks help from Canadian government

The family of a former Richmond worker, who has been detained in China on fraud charges since 2017, is seeking humanitarian assistance from the Canadian government.

 

Zixin Li, a former employee of Richmond’s Hong Guo Law Firm, was accused by lawyer and former mayoral candidate Hong Guo of stealing $7.5 million from the company’s trust funds, along with another employee, Qian Pan, between February and April in 2016. Read More...

 


Former Chinese banker Lin Jin sues Canada to halt tax probe, retracting claim of residency after auditors seek foreign asset details

Former Chinese banker Lin Jin sues Canada to halt tax probe, retracting claim of residency after auditors seek foreign asset details.  Professor Wei Cui weighed in on this case in a phone interview, stating that Lin Jin’s case was not particularly unusual

and is “just the kind of thing that gets disputed”. Read More...


Prof. Potter Named Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

Allard School of Law Professor Pitman Potter is one of seven UBC Professors to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC) this year. Election to the academies of the RSC is the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the Arts, Humanities and Sciences in Canada.  
 
Professor Potter is an internationally acclaimed scholar who has made a significant contribution to legal scholarship and to policy around the world through his ground-breaking research and innovative methodologies. His insightful studies of China’s legal systems in particular have garnered him the reputation of being one of the world’s leading experts in this area. Read More...
 
 

 

The China conundrum: the perils facing our futures

 The current campaign by the PRC Ministry of State Security calling on people in China to beware of foreign spies should give pause to Canadians hoping for closer economic and social ties with Beijing. The propaganda campaign is yet a further step in a disturbing pattern of closing China off to the outside world. This poses a significant challenge to Canada’s efforts to build a partnership with China. Read More...

 

 


The right path, the hard path: Canada must continue to call out global rights abusers

Canada should not be reluctant to press for specific commitments on human rights, business rights and the rule of law as conditions for entering into a preferential trade agreement with China.

Saudi Arabia’s reaction to statements of concern from Canada’s foreign ministry over repression of human rights activists shows a willingness to weaponize trade policy in order to secure consent to human rights abuses. This can only embolden other human rights violators like China, despite provisions of the World Trade Organization aimed at forestalling trade retaliation in response to political disagreement. Read More...