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UNH Law Brings IP Focus to National 'China Town Hall' Event

Law School in Partnership With the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations

On Oct. 28, the University of New Hampshire School of Law, in partnership with the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, will present China Town Hall, a program featuring a local discussion of copyright piracy in China and a live webcast featuring former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

The annual event, established by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, aims to provide Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss rapid development and Chinese-U.S. relations with leading experts.
Locally, UNH Law and the World Affairs Council of NH have partnered to offer a presentation by UNH Law Assistant Professor Jiarui Liu, "Rock and Roll on the New Long March: Copyright Piracy and the Music Industry in China.”

The discussion, moderated by UNH Law Professor Emeritus Bill Hennessey, will take place at 6 p.m. in the law school’s Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property.

At 7 p.m., the law school will host a live webcast featuring Dr. Albright, chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. Dr. Albright, who was the first woman to become U.S. Secretary of State, is a professor in the practice of diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Pew Global Attitudes Project.

This is the 7th annual China Town Hall. Sixty venues in 57 cities in the U.S. and China were scheduled to participate in the October 2012 China Town Hall, with local speakers addressing such topics as U.S.-China trade relations, environmental issues, domestic Chinese politics, energy policy, and security.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. For more information and to register, email ip.center@law.unh.edu or call Jacqueline Lawrie at (603) 513-5246.

About the speakers:

Liu specializes in international intellectual property, in particular the interaction among IP protection, technological innovation, and the development of cultural industries. He is currently completing his JSD degree at Stanford, where he has been an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics, a Microsoft Fellow in Intellectual Property and Antitrust, and a Stanford Program in International Legal Studies fellow.

Liu earned a PhD in Jurisprudence at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing and a master of laws degree from the University of Washington School of Law. He has worked for both Baker & McKenzie and Jones Day in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Hennessey taught intellectual property law, international trade law, the law of traditional peoples and public international law. He directed the UNH Law-Tsinghua School of Law Intellectual Property Summer Institute in Beijing, China. He was a Fulbright Senior Lecturer at Tsinghua in 1998.

He worked as an interpreter with delegations of Chinese scientists and policy makers for the American Association for the Advancement of Science at the National Academy of Sciences and at hearings before several Congressional subcommittees. He continues to work as a translation advisor to the Legislative Drafting Office of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China.

Hennessey served on the advisory board of the World Intellectual Property Organization Worldwide Academy. He has been a consultant on international intellectual property issues for WIPO; the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and Department of State; the World Bank; Asian Development Bank; U.S. Agency for International Development; and a number of foreign governments.

About the co-sponsors:

The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire is the state’s only nonprofit, nonpartisan organization devoted solely to fostering learning, discussion, and citizen involvement in world affairs by providing programs for the public, hosting international visitors, and enriching global education in schools.

The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations is a nonprofit educational organization that encourages understanding of China and the United States among citizens of both countries.