D.C. Roundtable on Criminal Justice Reform in China

November 2009

On November 13, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative’s (ABA ROLI’s) Asia Division hosted a roundtable on recent developments and future trends in criminal justice reform in China.

Prof. Bian Jianlin, dean of the Procedural Law Research Institute at China University of Political Science and Law, and Judge He Qi, vice-president of Sheyang County District Court, highlighted ongoing criminal justice reform efforts, including those involving exclusionary rule procedures. The speakers were part of a 10-member delegation of Chinese criminal justice professionals and academics participating in a U.S. study tour that ABA ROLI and New York University’s U.S.-Asia Law Institute organized.

While in Washington, D.C., the delegation also met with Philip K. Eure, executive director of the Office of Police Complaints of the District of Columbia, and Prof. Steven Salzburg, from George Washington University’s School of Law. The study tour included meetings with American judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys and police in New York City and Los Angeles, as well as observation of several suppression hearings. ABA ROLI runs a criminal justice program in China, which is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

To learn more about our work in China, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at <rol@staff.abanet.org>.

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