Francis S.L. Wang – China & USA

Linked with Rebuilding a Bridge, and with War Crimes Studies Center WCSC, U.C. Berkeley.

Francis (Frank) S. L. Wang ’72, sharpens the contrast of East and West with two quotes, one by Angus Graham – “…The most striking difference between…the two ends of the civilized world is in the destiny of logic. For the West, logic has been central…” – and the other by Liu Shuhsien – “…it is precisely because the Chinese mind is so rational that it refuses to become rationalistic and…to separate form from content”. (full text).

He says: “It’s not as if the two cultures are from different planets, but they do originate from differing philosophies and perspectives. It is not sufficient just to preach about the rule of law; we need to understand that people are different. If we want to bridge the gap between China and the West, we need to learn more about China’s philosophies and culture so as to understand the way the Chinese organize their world view, and as a consequence their society, and the way they think about law” (full long text).


Francis S.L. Wang – China & USA
Professor Wang is a Professor of Law at the Kenneth Wang School of Law of Soochow University and is a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a visiting professor and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the University of the Pacific / McGeorge Law School, (Courses: International Intellectual Property, Concepts of Chinese Law). He is one of the founders and the Senior Counsel of the U.C. Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center. He is one of the founding members and serves on the Board of Governors of the International Association of Law Schools IALS. He is the Executive Director of the Wang Family Foundation (named in He has testified before the United States Senate, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Trade Commission, as well as the United States Trade Representative’s Office. He has published widely and lectures frequently in the U.S. and Asia on selected aspects of international law and related issues. (full text).

Find him on (a chinese website).

He writes: Taiwan has steadfastly maintained an optimistic position on joining the World Trade Organization, despite serious political hurdles, such as China’s strong opposition. Since the late 1980’s, Taiwan’s government has stated that it intended to join GATT. All of Taiwan’s intellectual property laws have been revised, and new statutes enacted to remedy deficiencies in protection. As of 1996, Taiwan has in place an advanced IP regime that almost completely satisfies the requirements to comply with TRIPs. Some of these revisions are adopted conditional to the WTO’s admission of Taiwan. TRIPs includes eight sets of standards on the availability, scope and use of intellectual property rights: in addition to patent, copyright and trademark, also trade secrets, protection for integrated circuit chips and their design, and protection for geographical appellations, and control of certain licensing practices. TRIPs also establishes general principles for enforcement of intellectual property rights, and sets various rules for administration of TRIPs itself. As Taiwan is not yet a member of WTO, the administrative issues are not dealt with here. Since January, 1996, Taiwan law also provides protection for six types of intellectual property, in a statutory scheme that largely mirrors TRIPs. Taiwan’s first Integrated Circuit Chip Protection law was passed in mid 1995, and its first Trade Secrets law was recently promulgated and became effective on January 19, 1996 … (full long text).

More Bios and Profiles: on LexisNexis: Francis S. L. Wang, Senior Partner of; Practice Areas: Banking, Finance, Litigation, Intellectual Property; Languages: English and Chinese; Born: in Shanghai, China, 1947; also on Find a Lawyer; and on ZoomInfo.

He writes also: Excerpt page 2/12: … Over the years, psychological studies comparing East Asians and Westerners reveal, in a variety of ways, a statistically significant difference between the two groups when it comes to perceptions of rules and relationships.59 For instance, studies have shown a greater proportion of East Asians tend to organize information about objects by their relationship to each other, rather than by categories devolved from abstract attributes of those objects.60 Westerners showed a statistically significant difference from East Asians in the way they perceive objects in relation to their environment.61 These studies point to a cultural tropism towards organizing information, developing rules and interacting with the environment in ways which vary between Westerners and East Asian cultures. Such tendencies are reinforced by testing, even in what may be believed to be “culture free” exams. For example, a student wishing to join the Chinese Civil Service must take the Civil Service Examination given at the end of November every year. The following is a sample question in the exam meant to test logic … (full long text).
His publications: on Googles Book-search; on Googles Scholar-search.


Albertano of Brescia, resource site, 15 January 2000, (site maintained by Angus Graham);

(old) Seminar in Taipei … , Improvements were made;

AALS’ submitted conference papers, 2004;

Indonesian Judges Seminar on International Humanitarian Law, 2003;
Enhancing The Rule Of Law In China.

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