Criminal Justice and Rule of Law
The China Programme supports Chinese efforts to enhance fair trial standards and access to justice through strengthening the human rights capacity of legal professionals and academics in the field of criminal justice.
Two milestones were recently made in China’s legislative reform efforts with the revisions of the Criminal Law and the Criminal Procedure Law effective from 2011 and 2013 respectively. Thorough understanding of the human rights standards involved is important to effectively implement the revised laws, and we contribute towards this goal through exchange and trainings for members of relevant professional groups in addition to providing translation of key literature on relevant topics
Human rights trainings for Chinese judges
The China Programme supports a project in southern China aiming to increase knowledge about international human rights standards among Chinese judges. The trainings focus on the newly revised Criminal Procedure Law and international fair trial standards, the role of judges in preventing torture and the exclusion of illegally obtained evidence. More than 1000 judges from county and intermediate city level courts in Guangdong, Jiangxi and Hunan have completed these trainings.
Translation of books
The China programme recently published Chinese language versions of two Norwegian key criminology books about criminal punishments and prison systems; Nils Christie “Crime Control as Industry” and Thomas Mathiesen “Prisons on Trial”. The books were promoted and disseminated to strategic actors in the criminal justice sector and donated to university libraries in order to further promote penal reforms in China. We have also published Chinese language versions of Manfred Nowak's updated ICCPR Commentary.