From October 28, 2012 to January 20, 2013, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts will host an unprecedented exhibition featuring rare archaeological artifacts from the Qin Dynasty (221-207, BC) of China, including the spectacular Terracotta Warriors, one of the “Eight Wonders of the World.” In support of this amazing exhibit, Thomson Reuters recently hosted a panel discussion on Terracotta Warriors, the Rule of Law, and Globalization.

In the discussion, Rick King, Chief Operating Officer – Technology, Thomson Reuters; Professor Joan Howland, Associate Dean for Information & Technology, the University of Minnesota Law School; Kaywin Feldman, Director and President, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; and Dr. Liu Yang, Head of Asian Art and Curator of Chinese Art, discussed the significance of the Terracotta Warriors to China and to the world, the globalization of the legal systems, and Thomson Reuters’ commitments to the community and to the rule of law. The panel was moderated by Neil MacCormick, Vice President, Thomson Reuters Technology.

Dean Joan Howland was interviewed by Legal Current after the panel and talked about her experience in seeing the Terracotta Army in person in Xi’an City, China and what the legal system looked like in the first dynasty Qin, when the Terracotta Warriors were made.

“For a civilization to create such an artistic and historical masterpiece when many civilizations were very primitive is very impressive,” said Howland. “The heir of legalism in the Qin Dynasty brought very innovative reforms to China.”

Thomson Reuters is a sponsor of the Terracotta Warriors as part of its broader support of the arts and culture community, and to encourage employees and community members to be educated global citizens.

The Terracotta Warriors, the First Emperor, and the First Dynasty are of particular importance to the development of the legal system in China, which is of interest to Thomson Reuters —the leading provider of legal and other professional information and committed to supporting the rule of law around the world.

To learn more about the legal system during the Qin Dynasty, check out the short clip from the panel discussion, below.

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