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Annual NUS International Business Law Alumni Reception, Shanghai  


On a breezy afternoon in November 2010, members of the NUS International Business Law (“IBL”) community gathered on the 26th floor of the Renaissance Hotel in Shanghai. 150 distinguished alumni, judges, legal scholars, faculty members, civil servants, lawyers, and graduate students from more than 15 countries attended the Second Annual International Business Law Alumni Reception.  

Launched in 2009, the aim of the Annual IBL Reception is to create and forge enduring links between IBL graduates and the international and local legal communities in China.  

Spearheaded by Associate Professor Stephen Phua ’88, the NUS IBL Community welcomed Liu Zhengdong, the President of the Shanghai Bar Association, as its Guest of Honor.   The Community also welcomed Lin Yanping, Dean of East China University School of Political Science and Law (“ECUPL”) as well as representatives from its major sponsors including Clyde & Co. (Singapore and Shanghai), Everbright Law Firm (Shanghai), JoinWay Law Offices (Shanghai), Rajah & Tann LLP (Singapore and Shanghai), and Royii Consulting (Shanghai).  

About the NUS IBL LL.M. Program

The International Business Law LL.M. program is designed to provide practitioners and students fundamental skills necessary to conduct cross-border transactions and resolve international commercial disputes.  In partnership with ECUPL, students have the opportunity to pursue graduate studies in two rapidly growing global financial hubs, Singapore and Shanghai, with a focus on international business law.  Classes are conducted in Singapore from July to October and students make Shanghai their home from October to May.  

The IBL Curriculum is innovative and includes a comparative study of corporations law, international tax law, international dispute resolution, cross-border transactions, international trusts, international banking, maritime law, and international private law.  

The NUS IBL Community consists of a global network of highly-accomplished lawyers and students.  Hand-picked as the best and brightest from their home jurisdictions, they bring with them wide-ranging achievements, diverse backgrounds, and insight into legal systems worldwide.  Its students and alumni represent a truly global network of international lawyers from over 20 countries, including Chile, China, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Panama, the Philippines, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

IBL alumni have moved on to undertake distinguished careers as judges, civil servants in key government departments, in-house legal counsel in leading MNC’s, local and foreign lawyers in leading domestic and international law firms, associates in Big Four accounting firms, and legal counsel in leading international arbitration centers.   

What makes NUS IBL students so unique is not only are they a member of a highly-accomplished global network, but they have a unique advantage of being exposed to a broad array of international legal principles and legal systems.  After completing the Program, IBL students are uniquely prepared to anticipate, tackle, and resolve issues which may arise in any cross-border (or even domestic) transaction or dispute.   

The NUS IBL Community has bold plans for the future.  With continuing plans to educate its Community on diverse legal and cultural backgrounds and developments, NUS IBL students and alumni meet throughout the year to continue to forge meaningful relationships.  Moreover, the NUS IBL Community has plans to develop a scholarship fund for students who lack the financial means to join the Program.  The NUS IBL Community is a multi-cultural family which is committed to making a valuable contribution to both the local and international legal communities.  

For more information about the NUS IBL Program, go to:  For more information or if you would like to make a donation to the NUS IBL Scholarship Fund, please contact Holly Blackwell,





Thanks to Holly Blackwell 
LLM ’10 for contributing this report


 March 2011

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