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The University of California, Irvine School of Law will collaborate with a Chinese university to launch the first bilateral U.S.-China center focusing on business and law. The John S. and Marilyn Long U.S.-China Institute for Business and Law is a partnership between Irvine’s law and business schools and the School of Management at Fudan University in Shanghai. The partnership is intended to provide a platform for U.S. and Chinese scholars, policymakers, students and industry leaders to trade ideas and strengthen their understanding of legal, business and socio-economic issues, according to Andrew Policano, dean of The Paul Merage School of Business at Irvine. The plan calls for the institute to maintain a permanent presence both in the United States and China and to hold leadership summits and an annual conference that will rotate between the two countries. “We are now at a unique moment in history in which it is especially important to develop ties between China and the U.S. in business and law,” UC Irvine law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky said in a formal statement. The center seed funding was through a grant from the Long Family Foundation. John Long is an international real estate investor who was born in China but has spent most of his life in the United States. The Long Foundation donated $2.5 million and has committed to providing an addition $2.5 million once matching funds have been raised. “A trio of fundamental elements comprise any bilateral international business relationship — the product, the marketplace and the law that governs them,” Long said. “Our institute will collaboratively address these with the intent of developing a new language of international understanding.” John Graham, a professor emeritus at Irvine’s business school, has been named director of the institute.

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