UBC Reports | Vol. 49 | No. 4 | Apr.
Pitman Potter, professor of Law and director of the Institute
of Asian Research, and a team of researchers from 12 universities
in Canada, China, Japan, Australia and the United States have
received nearly $2.5 million from the Social Sciences and
Humanities Research Council of Canada to examine cultural
factors that influence international law.
Potter will lead a research team of experts in anthropology,
sociology, dispute resolution, commerce and law to compare
how international human rights and trade laws are applied
in Canada, China and Japan.
Potter believes that accommodating the needs and expectations
of different cultures will help prevent disputes such as those
over trade regulations put forward by the World Trade Organization
or those related to human rights policies proposed by the
United Nations. The research will also help guide Canadian
decision-makers as they strive to address diverse cultural
The International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal
Justice Policy (ICCLR) at UBC has received $1.75 million over
five years through the Canadian International Development
Agency to implement international standards in Chinas
criminal justice system.
The ICCLR will work with its Chinese partner organizations
to transfer knowledge about the application of international
standards regarding criminal procedures, substantive criminal
law and the administration of criminal justice to Chinese
experts and officials. Activities will include training sessions,
workshops, case studies and analysis.
ICCLR has carried out CIDA-supported work in China for the
past seven years and has worked to promote the rule of law,
making reforms to the administration of justice, establishing
a legal aid system and enhancing human rights in China.
UBCs Public Affairs Office and the Alumni Association
received six awards at the 21st Annual Council for Advancement
and Support of Education (CASE) District VIII Juried Awards
The UBC 2002 Some people think
took gold for best radio ad campaign while the 2002 Annual
Report earned a bronze award. Trek magazine was honoured as
best overall magazine and took silver for best article and
bronze for design.
Telestudios Martin Dee received a bronze award for
individual photography for his picture of HRH The Queen and
UBC President Martha Piper, which appeared in the Oct. 10,
2002 volume of UBC Reports.