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This Conference is cordially hosted by Stanford Law School and Peking University, and is sponsored by Tencent, China’s largest Internet company and one of the largest worldwide, and Microsoft, the largest software maker in the world. The main organizers include the China Guiding Cases Project, the Stanford Program in Law, Science, & Technology, the China Law and Policy Association, and the Stanford Law School Programs.

Stanford Law School looks forward to building upon the great success of last year’s Conference on Internet Law and Public Policy at Peking University in providing a venue for sophisticated discussions of cutting-edge internet-related legal issues affecting companies and individuals in the United States, China, and worldwide. This year’s Conference will feature panels on Internet Antitrust Policy, Privacy, Intermediary Copyright Liability, Virtual Items, and Patent Litigation.

Elizabeth Magill, Dean of Stanford Law School, and ZHANG Shouwen, Dean of Peking University Law School, have kindly agreed to deliver opening and closing remarks at the conference.

The exponential growth of the Internet has demanded a new level of understanding of Internet law and public policy. Two major conferences — the U.S.-China Internet Industry Forum and the U.K.-China Internet Roundtable — have been organized to help promote cooperation and exchange of information between the participating countries’ relevant government agencies and their native Internet industries. Those efforts are admirable but more can be done. Filling this gap, Stanford Law School and Peking University have hosted Conferences on Internet Law and Public Policy since 2012 to sharpen the focus on Internet-related legal and policy research by establishing an academic platform for high-level legal discussion and strengthening the bonds between the American and the Chinese Internet industries. The fruits of these discussions will include theory, policy suggestions on Internet legislation, and guidance on the industry’s future direction.


The conference will be held on May  3-4, 2013 at Stanford Law School.


The conference program is available here. Please check back occasionally for update.


This event is free and open to the public.  Registration is required.  Please click here to register for this event.


If you have any questions, please contact Mei Gechlik or Trish Gertridge.