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McGill/Shantou Summer Law Program

The Faculty of Law is delighted to announce that the McGill/Shantou Summer Law Program will be offered again starting in May 2014. Thanks to a generous donation from the Li Ka Shing Foundation (Canada), the Faculty, in partnership with the Shantou University Law School (Guangdong Province, China), this summer law program is an exciting opportunity for McGill and Shantou law students to learn about contemporary issues in Chinese and Canadian law.

The intensive two-week program will be offered annually in the month of May/June for the next five years, and will alternate between Shantou and Montreal. The teaching faculty will come from the Faculties of Law at McGill and Shantou University. Students from McGill will receive 3 credits for the successfully completed course.

In 2014, the program will be offered in Shantou, China, May 19-30, 2014 inclusive.

Focus online article: Summer Program forges new links in China (Fall 2010 edition).

Building bridges across the Pacific (McGill Newsroom, 12 September 2013)

Program Objectives

The joint program offered by the Faculty of Law at McGill University and the Shantou University Law School brings together students and professors from both institutions. The program aspires to offer McGill and Shantou students a forum to gain a nuanced understanding of each other’s political, social, and legal institutions, cultures and traditions, in a collaborative fashion. The overarching goal of the program is to foster a community of young Chinese and Canadian jurists with an interest in transnational law, and to prepare them for legal practice in a globalized economy.

Program Structure

In 2014, the program will be delivered in Shantou, China, at the Shantou University Law School over a two-week period (tentative dates: May 19-30, 2014).

Ten Shantou students and ten McGill students will participate in the program. The classes will be held in English and will offer students selected readings, lectures, factual case studies and many occasions for discussion and comparisons.  A majority of the classes will be taught separately, with McGill faculty teaching Shantou students and Shantou faculty teaching McGill students. However, in order to increase the opportunities for transsystemic and cross-cultural exchange, several joint sessions between Shantou and McGill students will be held during the program. The program will also include joint visits to courts and other judicial institutions, as well as cultural and social activities.

Students will be evaluated by way of a presentation and a written assignment. McGill students will earn 3 law credits. The course will be graded Pass/Fail. More specific information about the course content and the method of evaluation will be provided in the coming weeks.

In 2014, McGill teaching faculty will be Assistant Dean Véronique Bélanger and Dr. Nandini Ramanujam.

Please consult the detailed schedule in this document [.pdf]


The Shantou/McGill Summer Law Program costs consist of two components: McGill tuition and Program costs.

The McGill tuition constitutes regular tuition charges associated with 3 credits at McGill. Participating students will register in a 3-credit specialized topics course in the summer term 2011 and will be assessed the normal tuition.

Students can expect to be asked to contribute $500 (in addition to costs of travel insurance and vaccinations) toward the program costs in China. Financial assistance may be requested in exceptional cases. The remainder of the costs, including international travel, accommodation, local travel and visits within China will be borne by the program, thanks to a generous gift from the Li Ka Shing (Canada) Foundation.

Application Process

The McGill/Shantou Summer Law Program is open to undergraduate (BCL/LLB) students enrolled in the Faculty of Law. Subject to dispensation in individual cases as determined by the Faculty, participating students must have completed their first year of law studies in the Faculty. The Summer Program aims to admit ten students from each Faculty of law each year.

The deadline for applying to the Program is Monday, March 17, 2014, 15:00.

Students should submit an application package (1 copy, printed) to the SAO. The package should include:

  • A letter of intent indicating: (1) why you want to participate in the program, (2) your interest in Asian Studies, (3) how you plan to turn this opportunity into further action, and (4) any other relevant information.
  • The letter should also indicate whether you have taken a course on the Chinese legal system in the past. If you have, please provide relevant information (course description, length & method of evaluation; offering institution, year it was taken, etc.)
  • An up-to-date CV
  • An up-to-date transcript (a Minerva printout is sufficient)

Participating students will be selected by a committee of three comprised of Assistant Dean Véronique Bélanger, Professor Nandini Ramanujam and Assistant Dean Ali Martin-Mayer. Decisions will be communicated to students by the end of March. Decisions will be made based on file as a whole (including the letter of intent) and academic ability.

The selection committee will also endeavour to choose a group of students that represent the diversity of the Faculty's student body.

Further Information

For further information, please email veronique [dot] belanger [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Assistant Dean Véronique Bélanger).