3rd UK-China Judicial Roundtable

On 24 May 2016, the 3rd Annual UK-China Judicial Roundtable was held at the Supreme People’s Court in Beijing. The UK delegation, headed by UK Supreme Court President Lord Neuberger, comprised of four other senior judges: UK Supreme Court Justice, Lord Hodge, Court of Appeal judge and chairman of the Law Commission, Sir David Bean, Sir William Blair, Judge in Charge of the Commercial Court and High Court judge, Dame Katherine Thirlwall.

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In his opening remarks, the President of the Supreme People’s Court, Zhou Qiang, framed the roundtable within the context of the global, strategic and comprehensive 21st century partnership between the UK and China, thus signifying the importance of the event to China’s judiciary. Furthermore, in keeping with this year’s themes of the informatisation of the courts and access to justice, he expressed a wish to work together on areas such as cyber-crime and the rule of law, in addition to deepening judicial exchange.

Discussions between the two sides covered several topics, including alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, access to justice in the digital era and future plans for UK-China judicial cooperation.

Going forward, Lord Hodge named some upcoming opportunities for judicial cooperation including a project to strengthen the SPC’s People’s Assessors system, funded by the British Embassy in Beijing, and a pilot GBCC project for judges’ professional development.

The UK-China Judicial Roundtable is an annual dialogue initiated by the Great Britain-China Centre to foster dialogue and the sharing of best practice between the two judiciaries.

Date posted: 09 September 2016

Categories: Judicial Dialogues

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