Université de Montréal's Faculty of Law trains Chinese judges

From October 13-31, 2014, Université de Montréal's  Faculty of Law of will host seventeen Chinese judges for an introduction to the main principles of Canadian law and their judicial application. The judges were invited to Montreal thanks to a cooperation agreement that was signed in May of this year between the Faculty of Law and China's National College of Supreme Court Judges. This event is organized in collaboration with the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice.

Under this agreement, three cohorts of about twenty judges will be trained in Montreal by local law professors and judges. Lectures will address the coexistence of civil law and common law in Canada, as well as various questions pertaining to civil law, constitutional and administrative law, and criminal law. Issues arising in the course of the administration of justice will also be discussed. These lectures will be supplemented by visits to various courts and administrative tribunals, as well as by meetings with foremost members of the Canadian judiciary.

This training program will allow Chinese judges to compare their own system of law with that of Canada, which could eventually inspire reforms to the former.

The Faculty of Law is proud to collaborate with the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice (CIAJ) on this project.

The judges' training program is the first event flowing from the cooperation agreement between the Faculty of Law and China's National College of Supreme Court Judges. The agreement will also see Canadian judges and law professors travelling to China to deliver further lectures to judges there. This cooperation agreement bears witness to the significant efforts that the Faculty of Law, the Université de Montréal, and the Canadian judiciary have made to strengthen academic and judicial exchanges between Canada and China.

Source: Faculty of Law, Université de Montréal

Information:

Marie-Claude Rigaud, Secrétaire de la Faculté

Faculty of Law Université de Montréal 514 343-6200

Kim Francoeur, Assistant to the Dean Faculty of Law Université de Montréal 514 343-2292

15 YEARS OF COOPERATION WITH CHINA

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Dean Guy Lefebvre and the support of several professors and staff members, the Faculty of Law has signed numerous partnership agreements with China over the course of the last 15 years, notably:

1          Training program for Chinese judges

This project, proposed by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), created a consortium comprising the Université de Montréal (principal partner), McGill University and the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice. The objective of this project was to reinforce the quality of the Chinese judicial system and improve understanding of the rule of law. This training and internship program for Chinese judges, all students of China's National College of Supreme Court Judges, was supervised by the Supreme People's Court of China (1998 - 2001).

In 2014, the Université de Montréal's Faculty of Law will once again welcome a large delegation of Chinese judges for an introduction to the main principles of Canadian law and their judicial application.

2          Summer school in Beijing and Montreal

Over the course of the last 15 years, more than 1,000 Canadian and Chinese students have participated in summer school sessions offered in Beijing and Montreal, with the collaboration of the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL). This university and its law faculties are considered to be among the most prestigious in China.

3          Business Law in a Global Context

Our graduate program Business Law in a Global Context, founded in 2007, welcomes numerous Chinese students every year. This program offers advanced studies in North American Law, Comparative Law and International Law, and addresses the challenges of applying the law as human relationships become more globalized. The courses offered in this program are recognized by the CUPL and its graduate program, which permits Chinese law students to enjoy an enriching university and cultural experience in Montreal.

Visit the program website at businesslawglobalcontext.wordpress.com.

4          Collaboration agreements with top Chinese universities

Over the course of the last 15 years, the Faculty of Law at the Université de Montréal has worked to build partnerships and launch research projects in collaboration with the following universities: Wuhan University, China University of Political science and Law, East China University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Macau University.

Many professors and students, both Chinese and Canadian, have been able to participate in research projects at these universities and at the Université de Montréal.

5          Continuing education activities in Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai

The Faculty and the Centre de droit des affaires et du commerce international (CDACI) have enabled a group of legal scholars to participate in 30 hours of continuing education about Chinese Business Law. These activities were hosted in Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai in the Summer of 2011.

Our program partners, China University of Political Science and Law (Beijing) and East China University of Political Science and Law (Shanghai), delivered top-notch legal training via well-chosen content, professors and practitioners.

6          Sino-Canadian research centre

A research centre dedicated to Sino-Canadian Law was created in China to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the China University of Political Science and Law. Our Faculty was chosen by the CUPL to work in close collaboration with this centre as a privileged Canadian partner. Dean Guy Lefebvre was appointed as Director and Lead Researcher in Canadian Law and Professor Gérald Goldstein was appointed as a Lead Researcher.

7          Cooperation agreement with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

In 2012, a major collaboration agreement was signed with the Institute and Faculty of Law of the prestigious Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. This agreement mainly addresses research activities, as well as the exchange of professors in a variety of sectors, namely Public Law, Information Technology Law, Labour Law and Economic Law. The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences is the largest research facility for philosophy and social sciences in China. In fact, it is considered to be the most influential think tank in Asia.

About Université de Montréal's Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law at Université de Montréal consists of some sixty professors, welcomes approximately 1,300 students every year and hosts eight major research chairs. The curriculum covers a large spectrum of professional and academic law studies and offers innovative training programs, most notably in business law, international law, ecommerce law and information technologies law. The Faculty has recently added the Juris Doctor in North American common law, a unique program in Quebec and Canada. www.droit.umontreal.ca