McGeorge School of Law

Yelpaala Teaches International Course in China

July 25, 2012

Professor Kojo Yelpaala

Professor Kojo Yelpaala

Professor Kojo Yelpaala spent a month in China this summer as a distinguished visiting professor at a prestigious Chinese university where he taught a two-week (May 27-June 10, 2012) course on Public International Law.

Yelpaala's visit came at the recommendation of a Chinese law professor whom he had never met, but who had read the McGeorge professor's scholarship on international business trade and transactions. Yelpaala stayed on after finishing his classroom duties and visited several other Chinese law schools in the Shanghai area.

Fifty second-year law students were enrolled in Yelpaala's class at Southeast University in Nanjing, which with a population of over seven million is the second-largest city in East China. The university, well-known for its science and research facilities, is building up its law school with an emphasis on international business.

"Their law school is trying to go global," Yelpaala said. "Chinese universities are very serious about international business and they are looking outward. We see many excellent Chinese students in our classrooms here at McGeorge and at other top American law schools. Over there, I saw African and Middle Eastern students in their classrooms."

Yelpaala also gave a talk, "Foreign Direct Investment in Africa," to more than 90 attorneys and businessman at a meeting of the provincial Jiangsu Bar Association. "Most Americans would be surprised to know how much investment the Chinese are pouring into Africa."

Yelpaala, who has taught numerous courses in McGeorge's highly regarded LLM in Transnational Program for the past 30 years, will teach Conflict of Laws and International Business Transactions this fall semester. Both courses are open to advanced J.D. Students.