The China-EU Access to Justice Programme (2013-17) is assisting the Chinese Ministry of Justice in improving effectiveness of legal aid service delivery with a particular focus on outreach to vulnerable groups and to people living in outlying districts. The Chinese counterparts for the programme are the National Legal Aid Centre, run on a national level within the Ministry of Justice and based in Beijing, and Provincial Legal Aid Centres in three provinces: Henan, Inner Mongolia and Shanxi.?
There are three main components to the programme:??
- Dialogue between European and Chinese experts on law and policy development;?
- Capacity-building for legal aid service providers;?
- Introduction of good and promising legal aid practices from Europe or elsewhere in China, through a series of pilot activities to be conducted at selected sites in the three target provinces.?
China-EU Legal Aid High Level Policy Dialogue Conference
The 4th Session of China-EU Legal Aid Policy Dialogue was held in Beijing from June 28 through June 30 2017. This meeting, with the theme of “legal aid – facing the future”, focuses on such topics as the orientation of legal aid modernization, the quality and efficiency of legal aid services, developments in legal aid law and policy, legal aid for groups with special needs, the innovation and future progress of legal aid, and so on.
The meeting has drawn attention to some of the outputs of the China-EU project: tool kits, research reports and recommendations for follow-up to pilot activities.
Selected Chinese and European experts who have been involved in project activities will be invited to update participants on the most recent developments in law, policy and practice in their jurisdictions.
The primary focus of the meeting is discussing the future of legal aid and legal aid systems, taking as a starting point current discussions regarding Chinese legal aid policy development.