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China Law Society attending a conference at the US Senate Judciary, 
hosted by Ms. Katharine Willey on the role of Congress on the Judiciary and
Judicial Accountability


        China Law Society at the US Supreme Court


The International Law Institute was again honored to have received an esteemed delegation of senior legal scholars, practitioners, and government representatives from China Law Society.

This was the third program in as many years, focusing on systems to ensure judicial accountability in the US.

China Law Society (CLS) is a nationwide professional and academic organization, serving as a bond between Chinese legal professionals and legal practitioners. It plays an important role in developing the legal system, fostering legal research, and promoting the rule of law in China. China Law Society, its affiliated associations and local branches have actively organized legal professionals and practitioners in China to participate in the nation's legislation, judiciary, law enforcement and law popularization activities, have conducted legal researches and exchanges of multi-subjects, multi-levels and broad-fields, thus have made certain contributions to promoting rule of law in China, and to advance the development of the rule of law in China and to advance social prosperity.

Established in 1949, China Law Society now has 32 provincial branches, 56 affiliated associations and nearly 300,000 members. It serves at a very high level of prestige and input to the Chinese government and legal community and provides substantive legal impact both domestically and internationally. []


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Deputy Chief Michael Connolly, San Francisco Police Department
lectures on Professional Standards of State Law Enforcement
 Barbara Ward, U.S. Department Of Justice, Department of Professional
Responsibility reviews Responsibilites and Oversight of US DOJ Prosecutors

As a major channel of foreign legal exchanges in China, China Law Society maintains relations with more than 800 legal institutions from over 100 countries and regions globally. China Law Society maintains Memorandum of Mutual Cooperation with over 135 institutions from 88 countries. In cooperation with their international partners, China Law Society has conducted broad cooperation in mutual visits, academic studies, as well as legal professional training. *

The International Law Institute conducted training in 2015 with the China Law Society on “Judicial and Prosecutorial Independence; Selection Procedures of Judges and Prosecutors; and Oversight and Management Mechanisms”. That program provided the China Law Society thorough and diverse views and practices of the US judicial system and facilitated deeper comparative analysis of legal systems between US-China national systems, leading the China Law Society to submit a number of judicial reform recommendations upon their return to China. Selected recommendations by CLS were subsequently approved and enacted this year. In 2016, training on “Distribution of Judicial Powers” was also conducted by the International Law Institute and was well-received.

Discussion points for this training continued to focus on U.S. judicial practices, policies, and oversight systems. Detailed discussion points included introduction to the U.S. legal system; judicial accountability and effectiveness; role of the media and trust in judicial transparency; enforcement of court orders and judgments in criminal and civil cases; administrative litigation; safety of court personnel; professional standards and accountability of the federal police, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and state/local police; ethics and oversight of federal prosecutors; rights of the accused; U.S. jury system and witnesses; judicial and court training and support organizations; role of congress on the selection of judges; rules of evidence; precedents in the us court and guiding cases in china; procedure and independence of judicial elections; oversight of state judges; public law; court and case management and efficiencies; court technology; among others pertinent issues.

Training was conducted in Washington, DC and San Francisco.


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Victoria Henley, Chief Counsel
California Commission on Judicial Peformance

Dr. Mei Gechlik discusses China Guiding Cases and US Precedent
Stanford University Law School, China Guiding Cases Project


The delegation was led by Mr. WANG Wei, Deputy Director-General of China Legal Exchange Center. The delegation was further comprised of: Mr. HUANG Jianzhong, Vice-President and Secretary-General of Law Society of Henan Province; Mr. LIN Hongwu, Director of Personnel Department of China Law Society; Mr. Zhang Tao, Deputy Director-General of Research Department of China Law Society; Mr. YANG Jianjun, Vice-President of Law Society of Shaanxi Province; Mr. ZHANG Liang, Executive Council Member of Law Society of Tianjin; Ms. MA Yan, Deputy Director-General of Beijing Justice Bureau; Mr. LI Dong, Executive Council Member of Law Society of Guangxi; Mr. WANG Jianhua, Director of Personnel Dept of the Third Branch of People’s Procuratorate of Chongqing; Mr. SUN Changguo, Deputy Procurator-General of People’s Procuratorate of Harbin; Mr. LI Xiaoyun, Deputy Secretary-General of Law Society of Qinghai Province; Mr. BAO Huimin, Director of Trial Administration Office of Shanghai Higher People’s Court; Mr. LI Yong, Deputy Director of Civil Procuratorial Dept of People’s Procuratorate of Jilin Province; Mr. WANG Lei, President, Research Fellow of Xinjiang Social Sciences; Mr. GUO Zhiyuan, Dean, Professor of Law School of Anhui University; Mr. ZHOU Chang, Council Member of Law Society of Hubei Province; Mr. ZHANG Xiaoqiang, Council Member of Law Society of Gansu Province; Ms. GUO Linjia, Secretary-General of Law Society of Chengdu; Mr. ZHANG Fan, Deputy Dean, Professor of Law School of Guizhou Minzu University; Mr. LI Gang, Deputy Director of Membership Department of China Law Society; Ms. LI Lei, Deputy Director of General Affairs Office of China Law Society; Mr. PENG Qiang, Judge of Higher People’s Court of Guizhou Province; and Ms. GUO Lin, Interpreter of China Legal Exchange Center.

This program was supported by the expert inputs from an assembly of training partners from the U.S. federal and state governments; law firms, and private sector legal organizations. ILI respectfully acknowledges the immeasurable expertise, contributions and program support from Prof. Michael Cedrone, Georgetown University Law School; Ms. Debbie Galloway, Mr. David Lindquist, Mr. Michael Wigglesworth and Ms. Erin Palmer, Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts; Prof. Stephen Wermiel, American University Washington College of Law; Ms. Kristina Browning, National District Attorney Association; Mr. William Geoffrey Anderson, Attorney; Honorable William Froehlich, U.S. Federal Administrative Judge; Ms. Laura Joyner, National Center for Judicial Security US Marshals Service; Mr. Charles Gravis, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Ms. Elizabeth Andersen, Ms. Denise Cardman, Ms. Ellyn Rosen, Mr. Dennis Rendleman and Ms. Mary McDermott, American Bar Association - Rule of Law Initiative; Ms. Tammy Reno, Mr. Kebharu Smith, Ms. Peng Wu, US Department of Justice; and Ms. Barbara Ward, U.S. Department Of Justice; Mr. Cory Carlyle and Ms. Jennifer Wicks, DC Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Mr. William Collins and Mr. Eugene Ohms, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia; Mr. Louis Kelly and Ms. Sue Bailey-Jones, Superior Court of District of Columbia; Mr. James Chance, Federal Judicial Center; Ms. Katharine Willey, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee; Mr. Chris Gauger and Mr. Jeff Adachi [Public Defender of the City and County of San Francisco], San Francisco Public Defenders; Dr. Mei Gechlik, Ms. LIN Jie and Ms. Helen Su, Stanford University China Guiding Cases Project; Mr. Peter Su, Partner and Member, Intellectual Property and Technology Practice, Dentons US LLP; Mr. YANG Qianwu, Senior Partner at Dentons Law Firm (Shenzhen); Deputy Chief Michael Connolly, San Francisco Police Department; Mr. Gregory Slocum, San Francisco Department of Elections; Ms. Victoria Henley - Chief Counsel, California Commission on Judicial Performance; Ms. Louis Renne and Mr. Jon Holtzman, Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP; and Ms. Laura Speed, Mr. Cory Jasperson, Mr. Robert Oyung, Ms. Francine Byrne, Ms. Heather Anderson, Ms. Heather Pitt and Ms. Jeannette Vannoy, California Judicial Council.

Program development and oversight by Robert Sargin, ILI Deputy Director. Special appreciation to ILI Associates, Mr. Lixun Chen and Mr. Qifan Huang; Ms. Wang Kun, Beijing Future-Land Information Consulting Co, Ltd; Mr. Tony Zhao and Ms. Landy Tu, interpreters.


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Elizabeth Andersen, Director 
Rule of Law Initiative, American Bar Association, discusses 
Professional Standards of Judges
 Mr. Cory Jasperson Director of Governmental Affairs
Judicial Council of California led discussions on Court and Case
Management and Technology