Ilse Berlamont - SLI Participant in 2013

".. the teachers are highly qualified with extensive research interests and profound knowledge"

Original Dutch language

It is with great pleasure I share with you my experience of the Summer Law Institute, which I attended in 2013. Everyone has a different reason for participating in this Summer Law Institute in China. For me, it was a class about Chinese law that I followed at my home university. This course triggered me to discover China and I was eager to learn more about the Chinese legal system. Consequently, I applied to this Summer Law Institute in China.

The Summer Law Institute combined the two things I was looking for. On the one hand, experiencing the Chinese way of live and its rich culture and on the other hand, discovering Chinese law about intellectual property and technology transfer combined with the Chinese approaches to intellectual property rights and competition policy. During this Summer Law Institute I also gathered a basic knowledge of the Chinese legal system thanks to the course that introduced us to Chinese law, institutions and politics.

 Besides the academic benefits of this program, I knew that spending time in Beijing would give me the chance to learn more about China’s history, culture and its people. It would be nearly impossible to develop an understanding of the Chinese legal system without the necessary context provided by these other fundamental aspects of Chinese society. I realized while in China that such context can only be understood and appreciated byspending time there. Hence, the conversations with my fellow Chinese students improved my understanding of the Chinese values and norms significantly.

One of the great assets of this Summer Law Institute is that the teachers are highly qualified with extensive research interests and profound knowledge. Besides the regular courses, we were also offered the chance to attend three conferences. The first conference was about Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Investments, the second event was about China and the Good Governance of the Markets in the Light of the Economic Development and the third on the political, philosophical and legal aspects of liberalism in a comparative perspective. Due to these conferences I was able to explore things from a different perspective and meet numerous interesting professionals who are real experts in their own field. In sum, I am glad I seized this opportunity because it made me realise even more that I would like to have a career in which the Chinese legal system plays a significant role.

 Berlamont Ilse (Belgium)
December 2013

Original Dutch language

In 2013 heb ik de ‘Summer Law Institute’ bijgewoond en het is met groot genoegen dat ik met u mijn ervaring deel. Iedereen heeft een specifieke reden waarom ze aan deze Summer Law Institute in China willen deelnemen. Voor mij was dit een les over Chinees recht die ik heb bijgewoond aan mijn thuis universiteit. Door deze les wilde ik China ontdekken, maar vooral meer kennis opdoen over hun rechtssysteem. Het was dus logisch dat ik mijn applicatie zou indienen bij deze Summer Law Institute in China.

Deze Summer Law Institute combineerde de twee dingen die ik zocht. Aan de ene kant, het ervaren van de Chinese levensstijl en hun cultuur en aan de andere kant, het ontdekken van het Chinees recht met betrekking tot intellectuele eigendom en technologie overdracht gecombineerd met de Chinese benadering van intellectuele eigendom en mededingingsrecht. Gedurende deze summer school heb ik ook een basiskennis van het Chinese rechtssysteem opgebouwd door de lessen die ons introduceerden in Chinees recht, instellingen en politiek. Naast de academische voordelen van dit programma, wist ik dat tijd doorbrengen in Peking mij de kans zou geven om meer te leren over China’s geschiedenis, cultuur en volk. Het zou nagenoeg onmogelijk zijn om Chinees recht te begrijpen zonder de nodige context die voorziet in deze andere fundamentele aspecten van de Chinese maatschappij. Ik realiseerde mij in China dat dergelijke context enkel kan worden begrepen en geapprecieerd door er tijd door te brengen. Door de gesprekken die ik heb gevoerd met de Chinese studenten is mijn begrip van de Chinese waarden en normen aanzienlijk verbeterd.

Een van de grote verdiensten van deze Summer Law Institute is dat de docenten hooggekwalificeerde professionelen zijn met een uitgebreide onderzoeksinteresse en diepgaande kennis. Naast de gewone lessen werd ons ook de kans geboden om drie conferenties bij te wonen. De eerste conferentie ging over klimaat verandering en duurzame energie-investeringen, de tweede conferentie handelde over China en het goed bestuur van de markten in het licht van de economische ontwikkeling en een derde conferentie leerde ons meer over de politieke, filosofische en wettelijke aspecten van het liberalisme en dit vanuit een vergelijkend perspectief. Dankzij deze conferenties heb ik dingen vanuit een ander perspectief kunnen zien en heb ik vele professionelen ontmoet die echte experts zijn in hun vakgebied. Kortom, ik ben blij dat ik deze kans heb gegrepen want het heeft mij doen beseffen dat ik graag een carrière zou hebben waarin Chinees recht een grote rol speelt.

 Berlamont Ilse (Belgium)
December 2013

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