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Chow to discuss Chinese corruption with congressional leaders

November 21, 2013 | Faculty

Daniel C.K. Chow, the Joseph S. Platt-Porter Wright Morris & Arthur Professor of Law at The Ohio State University, will participate in a roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 21 with the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.

The roundtable, “Corruption in China Today: Consequences for Governance, Human Rights, and Commercial Rule of Law,” will focus on the crackdown on commercial bribery in China and how it affects multinational companies doing business there.

Corruption takes many forms in China – from corrupt officials using public office for private gain to corrupt state-owned enterprises gaming the system to their advantage. Corruption affects the country’s political stability and the Communist Party operating there. While new leaders have cited fighting corruption as a high priority, anti-corruption and transparency advocates have faced backlash.

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China, which is chaired by Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, will hear from four presenters, including Chow, about trends in corruption among high-level officials and anti-corruption efforts. Presenters will examine corruption linked to state-owned and other enterprises and explore the potential effects on commercial rule of law.

Chow is an expert on international law, particularly in China. The last time he presented to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China was in 2005 on China and the enforcement of intellectual property laws.