Transparency and Rule of Law Workshop

On 13th December 2015, the Great Britain-China Centre (GBCC) held a workshop entitled Transparency and Rule of Law in Shenzhen, China. The workshop was jointly organised by the Centre for Common Law at Renmin University of China, the China Behavior Law Association and Shenzhen Lawyers Association.

It was attended by a select 50-person guest list including high-level representatives from the Law and Politics Committee of Communist Party of China, the China Law Society, the Supreme People’s Court, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, Shenzhen Justice Bureau, Shenzhen Lawyers Association, Tsinghua University and others. Chinese experts were joined by UK counterparts, the Rt Hon Lord Justice Bean, the Chairman of the Law Commission of England and Wales, and eminent barrister, Robert Seabrook QC. HE Jiahong, the Director of the Centre for Common Law, served as moderator for the event.

Transparency & Rule of Law Workshop

The workshop gave different arms of the Chinese justice system the opportunity to share experiences and discuss the steps needed for greater judicial and legislative transparency together with UK jurists. It was recognised that although China has made commendable progress in the past 40 years, there remain concrete areas for improvement. Professor HE Jiahong concluded that the purpose of open justice and transparent legislation is to guarantee the fairness and impartiality necessary to reflect people’s interests and ensure public happiness. He noted that to achieve a high-level of rule of law in China, they will want to listen to and learn from other colleagues in the UK and abroad in future.

The workshop contributed in a strong way to developing and enhancing important working partnerships between GBCC and notably the China Law Society and Shenzhen Lawyers Association.

For a detailed account of the workshop proceedings, please find attached an Extended Report by Renmin University of China.

Date posted: 04 January 2016

Categories: Rule of Law and Business Environment, Centre for Common Law, Rule of Law

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