UK-China Rule of Law Roundtable

The Great Britain China Centre (GBCC)’s highest profile event in Beijing to date, the first UK-China Rule of Law Roundtable, was held on 24-25 November 2016 with partners, the China Law Society (CLS). The conference discussed UK-China legal co-operation on the Belt and Road.

The event coincided with a landmark meeting with Secretary Meng Jianzhu, head of the Party’s Political and Legal Affairs Commission and a Politburo Member, on 25 November.

GBCC organised a senior UK delegation, headed by former UK Supreme Court President, Lord Phillips and Lord Keen, Advocate-General for Scotland and a UK justice minister, to travel to China and participate in the conference.

The conference was supported by the Bar Council, the Law Society of England and Wales and the Law Society of Scotland and attended by the chairs of those organisations. The UK side consisted of over 60 people, and the CLS secured high-level participation from the Supreme People’s Court, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, the Ministry of Justice, the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

It included a half-day business roundtable, supported by nine provincial lawyers’ associations, which all sent their vice-presidents in charge of international co-operation to speak about opportunities for UK-China legal services co-operation on the Belt and Road.

At the conference, GBCC and CLS signed a memorandum of understanding providing for multi-year co-operation.