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大雪中的杰塞普之行
 11 March 2013, 07:29
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Last week I was in Beijing Renmin University to judge the Chinese National Round of Jessup International Moot Court Competition. A record number of teams took part including my team from Guangxi University of Nationalities. The bar has been raised yet again; the teams are getting better and better in terms of their command of English, their advocacy skills are as well as their poise and style. It never fails to impress me.

At the opening ceremony I met Gary Locke the charismatic US Ambassador to China of ethnic Chinese origin. He cited the Chinese saying of “when a prince who commits a crime will endure the same penalty as a plebeian” He credited the rule of law and that everyone is equal before to the law to ancient China. “I spoke to him after the opening ceremony and found him to be friendly and knowledgeable but also a very shrewd politician.

Every year I ask as a mock judge in a moot court I am humbly reminded of the reason why I chose law as an education and subsequently as a calling. Also it rekindles in me the vision of China with a greater degree rule of Law.

This year was also special in the sense that it snowed during the opening ceremony. And as I judged the preliminary rounds on the first day I looked out of the window and saw snowflakes descending from the sky. Not an everyday experiences for a lawyer from the tropics like me.

My team performed slightly better than last year but to have them enters the Washington rounds I am not invest more time on them. 

 

   上周我受杰塞普国际法庭辩论赛的邀请来到北京中国人民大学担当中国区的评委。参加此次杰塞普的中国代表队是有史以来最多的一次,我辅导的团队广西民族大学代表队也参加了比赛。此次比赛的门槛比过去又提高了很多。参赛队伍无论是他们的英语水平、辩论技巧,还是他们的仪表仪态都比从前有进步,令我印象深刻。 

   在此次比赛的开幕式上,我见到了华裔美国驻华大使骆家辉,他在开幕式的致辞中提到了一句中国古语”王子犯法与庶民同罪”。他赞颂了法治的力量以及古代中国在法律面前人人平等的法治理念。在开幕式之后我与他交流,发现他非常友好和博学,但也是一名非常精明的政客。

   每年在模拟法庭辩论赛中,当我提问的时候,我总是会想起自己当年选择学习法律并选择律师作为职业的原因,同时也再次点燃我实现中国法治社会的梦想。

    今年的比赛对我来说也是非常特别的一次体验,在开幕式的那天北京下起了雪。当我在裁判第一天的初赛时,我向窗外望去,漫天雪花纷纷扬扬从天而落,这对我一个来自热带的律师确实是一番特别的体验。、

    我辅导的团队这次比以前略有进步,但是要想使它们冲出重围,进入华盛顿的总决赛,我还要花费更多的精力。


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