The China-EU Access to Justice Programme (2013-16) 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 3rd China-EU Legal Aid High Level Policy Dialogue Conference, with ‘ensuring access to justice for people with special needs’, was held in Beijing on 1-2 September 2016. Mr. Asad Beg, Minister Counsellor and the Head of Political, Press and Information Section, Delegation of the European Union to China, Ms. Bai Ping, Director General of Legal Aid Department from Ministry of Justice attended the opening ceremony and gave speeches.
The Conference was organized by the British Council (the leading European delivery partner of the project) and the National Legal Aid Centre, Chinese Ministry of Justice.