The Great Britain China Centre (GBCC) and the Centre for Common Law (CCL) jointly held a small, closed-door roundtable on offshore bribery on 11 January 2017 in Beijing. It was supported by the China Policy Centre.
Twenty-three guests from China, the UK, the USA and Canada attended the roundtable, including a Ministry of Justice official in charge of mutual legal assistance and two representatives of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate on the Chinese side. GBCC sponsored the participation of Professor Dan Hough, Director of the Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption, and Helen Nisbet, Assistant Procurator Fiscal (Specialist Casework) from the Scottish Crown Office and Prosecution Service; while the China Policy Centre invited an American corporate lawyer practising in Hong Kong. Experts spoke on their experience of tackling offshore bribery from practical and theoretical standpoints.
This roundtable was an “ice-breaking” event in the study of offshore bribery in China, which is a very new area of research for Chinese scholars.