To strengthen the defence in... China Project
This was a project that started in 2003 and lasted for 30 months with the support of funding from the European Commission. The project was run by the Great Britain China Centre with aims to strengthen the capacity of defence lawyers in promoting the legal rights of those accused of capital crimes.
The European Criminal Bar Association was one of the European partners in this project and was responsible for the development of the professional network between its members and members of the Beijing Bar Association. The overall aim of this network is to raise professional standards and help defend the rights of criminal defence lawyers in China through the development of professional and individual relations with criminal defence lawyers across Europe.
A number of defence lawyers from China joined European lawyers, from the Netherlands, England and France for round table session of discussions and arguments on defence in capital crime cases. Discussion centred on a number of case studies provided by the Chinese lawyers, and allowed for the sharing of experience on legal arguments, advocacy techniques, expert evidence and human rights standards of fair trials.
Project Funded by the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights: 2003-2005
Strengthening the defence of death penalty cases in the People's Republic of China Project Funded by the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights: 2003-2005.
The Great Britain China Centre and its partners are working with funding from the European Commission on a project which aims to strengthen the capacity of defence lawyers in promoting the legal rights of those accused of capital crimes. Starting in 2003 this project will, over the following 30 months, build up a body of experience, within China, of successful defence for those facing the death penalty, identify best practice for legal aid in these cases and increase the professional standards of Chinese defence lawyers benefiting all, and in particular the poorest, who face capital crime charges. It will do this through the development and piloting of a new training module, workshops with legal aid centres, professional networking, high-level dialogue and research.
This project has three main streams of activity: training, research and development of professional networks. The European Criminal Bar Association is one of the European partners in this project and is the partner responsible for the development of the professional network between its members and members of the Beijing Bar Association.A Launch Seminar for the project was held in Beijing 8-9 January 2004 and the first activity for the development of the professional network is a Case Study Forum to be held in Paris 3-4 May.