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An international pilot competition sees Deakin law students take their negotiation skills to China.

In an exciting new competition, Deakin Law School (DLS) students will pit their legal negotiation skills against students from the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE) Law on 27 June.

As part of the DLS Chinese Commercial Law Study Program (18 June – 02 July) the Deakin students will take part in the pilot Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Simulation Competition organised by the Foundation for Law and International Affairs (FLIA).

Based in Washington D.C, the FLIA is an independent, educational, academic, and consultative think tank that also provides a professional network for law and international affairs. Its aim is to promote international communication, education, and cooperation at the intersection of law and international affairs.

The BRI Simulation is an educational program for students and young professionals with its competition designed around simulated cases based on real BRI issues.

Delegated different roles, the DLS students will use their knowledge and skills to create better strategies and solutions in case scenarios that involve the public and private sectors, governments, NGOs and transnational corporations.

Two Deakin teams with 3-6 delegates each will compete under their represented organisations known as GW Holdings and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.

The purpose of the competition is for students to experience creating strategies that promote the implementation of the BRI-related projects.

Team members must demonstrate an excellent understanding of local cultures and globalization, skills in researching, public speaking, debating and writing, as well as abilities in creative and critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership.

Accompanied by DLS academic Dr Shu Zhang and Faculty of Business and Law marketing representative Steffan Irugalbandara, 30 DLS students will participate in the Chinese Commercial Law Study Program tour that’s designed to develop an understanding of the Chinese legal system and its relationships to history and culture.

The students will attend campus lectures at SUFE, visit Shanghai legal firms, courts, the World Financial Centre and museums before travelling to Beijing to learn the history behind the structures of Chinese law and explore the Great Wall, Ming Tombs and Forbidden City.