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In China, Klare and Williams Exchange Ideas and Lessons In China, Klare and Williams Exchange Ideas and Lessons

Lucy Williams and Karl Klare

12.17.18 — In November, professors Karl Klare and Lucy Williams taught a three-week mini-course on labor rights and social welfare law to graduate law students at Wuhan University School of Law in China’s Hubei Province. Northeastern has a long-standing memorandum of understanding with the Chinese law school that provides a framework for student and faculty exchanges in both directions. Most recently, several Wuhan students have pursued LLMs at Northeastern.

“This was my second trip to Wuhan,” said Williams, who first visited the school as a Fulbright Specialist last April. “These experiences in Wuhan have been invaluable for my work on social and economic rights.”

Klare was nervous about how the teaching experience would go. “I needn’t have been,” he said. “Our students and colleagues were extraordinarily generous with their time and hospitality. The students were very engaged and committed to understanding where we are coming from and helping us to understand their situation and aspirations. As a labor lawyer, I was particularly intrigued by what the students taught me about parallels we can observe in current employment law issues in China and the US, despite the vast political and cultural differences. A highlight of our visit was meeting brave and imaginative legal aid and grassroots NGO lawyers who spend their days working for social justice.”

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