Friday, January 29, 2010
In this instance, top ten influential cases that changed China, as published in Nanfang Zhoumo (Southern Weekend). The process by which the cases are selected is too complicated to explain here; it's explained in the report. It involves nomination of cases by legal experts and voting on them via the internet by anyone who's interested. Here are the cases (no time for full commentary, I'm afraid; click on links for more information). Not all are actual cases in the sense of involving courtroom litigation, but they bear on the legal system in some way. The list (it's in Chinese) includes comments by legal experts and others. The links below are all to English-language sources.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I have received the following job announcement:
Job Announcement: Training Director, China
International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) (国际司法桥梁) is a Geneva, Switzerland-based not-for-profit and non-governmental organization with representative offices in Beijing, Xi’an and Wuhan, China. IBJ supports the continued development of China’s criminal justice system by collaborating with government, university, and civil society partners to provide practical training, resources, and other technical assistance to criminal defense lawyers and other criminal justice actors.
IBJ seeks an experienced, full-time Training Director to lead the development of its China training programs for criminal defense attorneys and others engaged in the criminal justice system. The Training Director will be based in Beijing, China, and will report to the China Director and, as required, to IBJ’s Geneva headquarters. The Training Director also will collaborate with IBJ’s Regional Defender Resource Centers, program partners, prospective partners, and other project leaders.
· Develop the training component of all IBJ China programming, written materials, and agendas, consistent with IBJ goals and policies. Establish appropriate training mechanisms, and modules that include, among other content: (1) vehicles for training large numbers of defenders; (2) methods for passing the skills developed in trainings to other non-participants; and (3) legal ethics education.
· Collaborate with IBJ’s Geneva headquarters in international training initiatives and in developing IBJ’s annual training program plan.
· Deliver and oversee the coordination of all IBJ China training programs at the national, regional and local levels, including work with IBJ’s Regional Defender Resource Centers.
· Research community training needs in conjunction with IBJ strategy. Conduct training needs assessments for current and potential IBJ China partners.
· Oversee and build the capacity of IBJ’s distance learning activities for criminal defense attorneys and criminal clinical professors in China. Develop and incorporate both stand-alone eLearning modules, as well as eLearning programs that are complementary to existing training programs.
· Manage and implement all IBJ China training activities to improve outcomes, communicate achievements, and identify and address obstacles. Oversight includes: (1) timely and accurate internal and external reporting; (2) implementing effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms; (3) developing training standards and methods for continuous program improvement; and (4) establishing appropriate policies and procedures.
· Foster the growth of strong, cooperative relationships between IBJ and China’s criminal justice community, including relationships with current and potential partners, universities, civil society institutions and others relevant to IBJ’s mission and activities. Support professional collegiality within the legal aid community and more broadly within the criminal justice system.
· Develop an effective communications strategy for IBJ’s training function under the guidance of IBJ’s Geneva headquarters.
· Keep abreast of and analyze current and proposed laws, regulations, and rule changes that may impact China’s criminal justice community and/or IBJ’s activities.
· Recruit, supervise, mentor, and evaluate IBJ staff, interns and volunteers while both focusing on IBJ’s mission and goals and on supporting the next generation of China’s criminal justice community.
· Engage in administrative tasks, including: (1) planning and managing budgets, equipment, and support services, and (2) maintaining records of vendors and expenses.
IBJ’s ideal Training Director will have the following qualifications:
· Juris Doctorate or equivalent Chinese law degree; Admission to the bar of the People’s Republic of China.
· Substantive experience in criminal law.
· Demonstrated commitment to criminal defense worldwide.
· At least five (5) years’ practical legal experience or equivalent experience.
· Familiarity with the Chinese legal system, as well as the current political and cultural context;
· Substantial proven planning, management, analytical and writing skills;
· Appropriate demonstrated training skills (whether from an academic or attorney training program);
· Knowledge of eLearning platforms and related computer programs;
· Experience in developing and leading high performing teams in a multicultural environment;
· Excellent communication, interpersonal, and team-building skills; and
· Fluent written and spoken English and Mandarin.
This position is available April 1st. Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience. Some travel within China is required. Some travel outside China also may be required. Interested applicants should submit a statement of interest, curriculum vitae (including references) and a writing sample via email to: [email protected], or by post to: International Bridges to Justice, 18 Suzhou Street, Beijing 100080 China.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I've been asked to post the following announcement:
We are a large UK law firm with offices across Europe and in Shanghai. We wish to hire a dual-qualified (PRC - England) lawyer to work in our London office, with occasional travel to the PRC.
The successful candidate will:
- be dual qualified in the PRC and England, with particular experience in corporate and commercial work
- have several years' experience working in a PRC law firm, and at least one year's post-qualification experience in a London law firm
- have Chinese as a mother tongue but be able to speak and write English fluently
- be commercially and practically minded, and be able to confidently advise clients as opposed to merely executing clients' instructions
- be able to credibly market the firm's services to potential Chinese and Western clients, together with London and Shanghai-based colleagues
If you are interested in this position, please provide us with a CV in English and Chinese, with recent photo and confirmation of what your residence and employment status is in the UK, and with telephone and email contact details. We would also appreciate a short note in English explaining why you think you are qualified for this position.
Please email your application to us at
If we are interested in considering you for this position we will contact you. Unfortunately we will not be able to contact you if we don't wish to act upon your application, and we therefore thank all candidates in advance for their interest.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I've been asked to post the following announcement.
New Master of European and International Law in China at the China-EU School of Law in Beijing
(Click here for brochure)
-Law students with international ambitions and an interest in China can now pursue their law studies through a Master of European and International Law (LL.M.) at the newly established China-EU School of Law (CESL) in Beijing.
The one-year Master Programme taught in English not only covers a broad spectrum of European and international law, but also includes a comprehensive introduction to Chinese law.
Interested students can apply for the 2010/2011 Programme through the CESL website by April 20th.
In the past 30 years China has become the world’s third largest economy with most global companies operating on the Chinese market. At the same time the Chinese legal system is in a state of ongoing reform and rapid development. As a consequence, the demand for legal professionals who combine a high command of European and international law with a special expertise in Chinese legal matters is rising.
-The Master Programme in European and International Law at the China-EU School of Law offers the unique opportunity to acquire this highly sought-after legal expertise – within a very international and challenging environment. The unique feature of the law school is the international faculty from 15 renowned partner universities from Europe and China. All professors are prominent experts in their specialised area of expertise.
-Chinese law courses are mainly taught by professors from one of the top law universities in China, the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL).
-The China-EU School of Law, a joint project of the Chinese Government and the European Union, is located in the north of Beijing.
-The tuition fee for one year amounts to 60.000 RMB (about 6.000 EUR) for the whole programme. Various scholarships are available.
-Students interested in attending the 2010/2011 Master Programme can find more information as well as online application forms on the CESL website: www.cesl.edu.cn.
The Chinese government has requested comments on draft procurement regulations. An English translation is here, and Adam Bobrow ([email protected]), is a potential point of contact if anyone is interested in submitting comments. The Chinese text of the proposed regulations is here; anyone interested in submitting comments can do so by submitting them to [email protected]