Judicial Training

China has been steadily building a professional judiciary since legal reform started in 1979. The Judges Law 2000 and the unified State Judicial Examination introduced in 2002 have strengthened the basic requirements and legal knowledge of those seeking to become a judge. The Chinese government recognises the need to professionalise its courts and the judiciary further, and the Supreme People's Court made this a priority in its second five-year reform plan announced in October 2005. The Great Britain-China Centre works with the Supreme People's Court and local courts in order to strengthen the professionalism and independence of judges.

GBCC designs and implements practical projects aimed at sharing UK best practices with the Supreme People’s Court and other official Chinese partner organisations. For example, this year GBCC is organising eight weeks of training for two specialist Chinese bankruptcy judges in partnership with Oxford University’s Centre for Commercial Law, to assist China in learning how to implement its relatively new insolvency law, which is important for foreign investors.