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Two UCC Law Students Attend Shanghai Summer School

8 Oct 2018

In September, Mark Reidy and Steven O’Brien, BCL students of UCC Law School, attended a summer school in China, partly funded by School of Law. 

The first week was an introduction to Chinese Law and Culture course, run by the East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL), with the other two weeks being a Summer School on Intellectual Property Law run by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). Both were run on the ECUPL Graduate Campus in Shanghai. 

East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL) is a long-standing exchange partner of UCC School of Law.

Students on our BCL (Pathways) programme can apply to study on an exchange basis at ECUPL.  Shanghai and Cork are twin cities.


Mark Reidy writes:

"I really enjoyed my time in Shanghai. The first week was nicely balanced, with classes in the mornings on various aspects of Chinese Law, and excursions in the afternoons. We got to visit the Shanghai International Financial Centre (the second tallest building in Shanghai), the Zhu Jia Jiao Ancient Water Town (a sort of Chinese Venice).

We went on a night-time cruise down the Huangpo river, where we could look out over the Pudong skyline and enjoy the lightshows on the skyscrapers. We received a talk from the Managing Partner of Grandall Law Firm Shanghai on being a lawyer in China that touched on aspects of International Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution. 

We enjoyed talks by judges from the specialist Shanghai IP Court and the Supreme People’s Court. We sat in on a trial over the industrial design of chairs in the IP Court. The make-up of the court was interesting, with a Chief Justice, a regular judge and a ‘People’s Judge’ on the panel.”

Steven O’Brien said: “The summer school was a truly amazing experience. I made incredible memories with lifelong friends!”

 For further information on the BCL (Pathways) programme, see

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