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The recent years have witnessed deepening understanding, enhancing friendship and boomingcooperation between China Law Society (CLS) and the legal community of ASEAN. To establish a mechanism of China-ASEAN legal cooperation, CLS implements a “1124” strategy framed by eight platforms: ONE forum – China-ASEAN Legal Forum, ONE alumni-Alumni of the China-ASEAN Legal Training Base, TWO bases – China-ASEAN Legal Training Base and China-ASEAN Training Base for High-Level Legal Talents, and FOUR centers – China-ASEAN Legal Research Center, CAFTA Commercial Meditation Center (Chongqing), HuanYu China-ASEAN Legal Cooperation Center and China-Southeast Asia and South Asia Financial and Capital Market Legal Practice Center. Such moves have blazed a unique path and brand of regional cooperation, which bridges legal professionals, propels legal development, develops CAFTA and promotes China-ASEAN strategic partnership for peace and prosperity.

 

Established in 2005, China-ASEAN Legal Forum is a high-level and influential platform of exchange and dialogue involving legal professionals, government officials and entrepreneurs of China and ASEAN countries. With its high level, large scale and wide range, the Forum has gained great attention and approval from legal circles in China and ASEAN countries and has made an active and deep impact.

 

From August 31 to September 4, 2005, the 1st China-ASEAN Legal Forum was held in Nanning, capital city of Guangxi Autonomous Region, China. Over 100 legal professionals, government officials and entrepreneurs from China and ASEAN countries attended the Forum, and brainstormed on the theme “China-ASEAN Economic and Trade Laws, Policies and Practices” and such topics as “Roles of Laws in Building China-ASEAN Free-Trade Area”,“Application of Framework Agreement on Dispute Resolution Mechanism in China-ASEAN Free-Trade Area” and “Legal Relationship Between China-ASEAN Free-Trade Area and WTO” and “Comparative Study on Chinese and ASEAN Countries’ Trade Laws and Regulations”. Nanning Declaration, a milestone in China-ASEAN legal cooperation, was adopted when the Forum concluded; and the eye-catching China-ASEAN Law Square was built on the campus of Guangxi University for Nationalities. During the Forum was also set the Legal Consulting Table, providing opportunities for legal practitioners, government officials and entrepreneurs to communicate face-to-face and to discuss about questions they are interested in such as economic and trade policies and dispute resolution mechamisms.

 

The 2nd China-ASEAN Legal Forum, themed “Legal Cooperation for China-ASEAN Free Trade Area”, blossomed in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam on December 14-17, 2006. Over 150 legal professionals from China and ASEAN countries probed into such topics as “The Legal Issues for China - ASEAN Free Trade Area”, “WTO: Experiences and Challenges” and “Legislation on Investment, Business and Trade Service in CAFTA”. With the adoption of Ha Long Bay Consensus, China-ASEAN Legal Forum was upgraded to an important platform for legal professionals to participate in the whole region’s development.

 

The 3rd China-ASEAN Legal Forum was held in Chongqing, China on September 12-15, 2007. Over 200 legal professionals, government officials and entrepreneurs from China and ASEAN countries exchanged ideas on the theme “Prosperity and Development – Foreground of China-ASEAN Legal Cooperation” and such topics as “Legal Issues on CAFTA”, “Comparative Study on Legal Systems of China and ASEAN Countries” and “Pragmatic Cooperation on Legal Practice between China and ASEAN Countries”. The Forum was highlighted by a “meet-andgreet” for legal professionals and entrepreneurs from China and ASEAN countries, offering a platform of direct dialogue and communication between those Chinese enterprises to “go out” and those policy-making and judicial institutions in ASEAN countries. To show the historical legal tradition of China and ASEAN countries and to deepen comprehension and identity among different legal cultures, the Forum has established a “Legal Culture Garden” as permanent memory of the Forum in Southwest University of Political Science and Law. During the Forum was also held the closing ceremony of the First Course of China-ASEAN Legal Training Base.

 

The 4th China-ASEAN Legal Forum re-embraced Chongqing on November 10-14, 2010. Over 200 delegates inquired into the theme “Towards Mutual Benefit and Win-win–the LegalCooperation after the Establishment of CAFTA” and such topics as “Research on Legal IssuesRelated to CAFTA”, “Amendment of Domestic Laws after the Establishment of CAFTA” and “New Trends and New Features of Legal Practical Cooperation after the Establishment of CAFTA”. On the Forum, China-ASEAN Legal Research Center and Alumni Association of China-ASEAN Legal Training Base were founded.

On November 11, 2010, Leaders of CLS and Chong Qing awarded Legal Research Center

Advisory Organizations Appointment Certificates on the 4th China-ASEAN Legal Forum  

 

The 5th China-ASEAN Legal Forum was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on September 25-27, 2011. Over 300 legal professionals from China and ASEAN countries brainstormed on the theme “Cooperation and Win-win” and such topics as “Treaty Disputes”, “Arbitral Centers in CAFTA: Opportunities and Challenges” and “Present and Future Trends of CAFTA Trade in Goods, Services and Investment”. The Forum spawned CAFTA Commercial Meditation Center (Chongqing), HuanYu China-ASEAN Legal Cooperation Center and a journal titled China-ASEAN Legal Review was published; the alumni of China-ASEAN Legal Training Base also gathered in Kuala Lumpur.

 

On February 7-18, 2012, the 11th General Assembly of ASEAN Law Association was held in Bali, Indonesia. China Law Society delegation attended the assembly and developed communications with the ASEAN Law Association.

 

On December 20-22, 2014, the Legal Seminar on China-Southeast & South Asia Cooperation and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road was held in Tengchong, Yunnan. Around 120 legal experts from China, India, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines attended the seminar. The seminar has set such topics as Financial Legal Cooperation Asia, Frontier Issues on Islamic Finance System and Banking Capital Operation, Legal Research on Infrastructure Construction Cooperation and Interconnection Issues and Legal Research on Economic Cooperation Issues.

   

The 6th China-ASEAN Legal Forum was held in Chongqing, China on November 16th -18th, 2015. The forum was themed Global Governance and Rule of Law on “One Belt One Road” with such topics as China-ASEAN Legal Cooperation on Building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, International Legal Safeguard Mechanism for Foreign Investment in “the Belt and Road”, Legal Issues on Development of Maritime Cooperative Partnership between China and ASEAN Countries, China-ASEAN Legal Application and Judicial Cooperation, Legal Issues on China-ASEAN Financial and Monetary Cooperation Mechanism, Rule of Law Issues on the Construction of Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor and China- ASEAN Network Supervision, which conform to the current development situation, reflecting the distinct characteristics of the current times. Around 200 legal professionals, government officials, lawyers and entrepreneurs from China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Bangladesh attended the forum. Chongqing Declaration, a milestone in China-ASEAN legal cooperation, was adopted when the Forum concluded. Meanwhile, China-ASEAN Legal Research Center and ASEAN Law Association signed the Cooperation Agreement between China-ASEAN Legal Research Center and ASEAN Law Association and Memorandum of Co-building China-ASEAN “One Belt One Road” Regional Legal Research Association. Southwest University of Political Science and Law also signed a meeting minutes of tripartite cooperative exchange programs with National University of Laos and Cambodia Royal University of Economics & Law.

 

China-ASEAN Legal Training Base

To bring legal professionals a better understanding of China and ASEAN countries’ legal systems, to promote economic, social and legal connections between China and ASEAN countries, and to intellectually boost the all-dimensional China-ASEAN cooperation, China Law Society established China -ASEAN Legal Training Base in Nanning, Guangxi in August, 2007. Currently the Training Base has sited eight training courses for legal professionals from ASEAN countries, one course for their Chinese counterparts and one course for Laos judicial officials, with totally over 200 trainees attending them. To gather the intelligence and power of the alumni and to strengthen their connections, The Alumni Association of China-ASEAN Legal Training Base was founded during the fourth China-ASEAN Legal Forum in 2010. The Alumni Association organizes one or two gatherings each year, increasing connections, deepening friendship and promoting the alumni’s amicability towards China.

Zhang Mingqi, Vice President of CLS delivered a speech on the Opening Ceremony of Training Cours

China-ASEAN Training Center for High-level Legal Talents

 

In October, 2010, China-ASEAN Training Center for High-Level Legal Talents was established at Southwest University of Political Science & Law, as commissioned by China Law Society. Through high-level academic and nonacademic education for legal talents, the Training Center will provide high-level legal professionals for social and economic communications between China and ASEAN countries and upgraded legal service and intellectual support for the all dimensional China-ASEAN partnership. It will conduct projects in the following fields:

 

1) Visiting scholars – Each year, the Training Center will invite high-rank legal officials and distinguished experts from ASEAN countries as visiting scholars;

2) LLM and PhD degrees – Each year, the Training Center will sponsor legal officials, scholars and students from ASEAN countries to pursue their LLM/PhD degrees at SWUPL, and work at the university’s post-doctoral research station. Meanwhile, the Training Center will also cooperate with universities in ASEAN countries in developing LLM and PhD programs. At present, more than ten students from ASEAN countries are reading for Legal Bachelor or LLM at Southwest University of Political Science and Law.

3) Training-The Training Center will organize training projects for entrepreneurs, trade associations, judicial circles and government departments of China and ASEAN countries.

 

China-ASEAN Legal Research Center

To boost research on laws and regulations of CAFTA and ASEAN countries, promote academic exchange and legal resource sharing, and upgrade the practical legal cooperation between China and ASEAN countries, China-ASEAN Legal Research Center was founded in 2010. Located at Southwest University of Political Science and Law, the Center conducts systematic, basic, strategical and prospective research on legal issues concerning China and ASEAN countries; stages exchange of legal academia; provides consultation for governments, business groups and other institutions; intellectually supports the development of the whole region. The Center has an adversary committee membered by influential legal organizations, famous enterprises and privileged legal professionals of China and ASEAN countries. It has engaged over 100 legal experts and practitioners as visiting researchers and two thirds of its over 200 advisers and researchers are from 10 ASEAN countries. The Center has built a database of China and ASEAN-related legal documents as reference for legal research across the region. It also publishes China-ASEAN Legal Review and issues The Report on China-ASEAN Legal Cooperation and Development, analyzing CAFTA-related legal issues and practices and summarizing the latest legislative and judicial achievements of China and ASEAN countries.

 

CAFTA Commercial Meditation Center

CAFTA Commercial Meditation Center (Chongqing) was co-launched by China and ASEAN countries on the 5th China-ASEAN Legal Forum (2011), with the view to providing efficient, economic and impartial solutions to investors’ disputes, safeguarding the legal rights and legitimate expectations of any party involved in cross-border civil and commercial relations within CAFTA, and ensuring the sound operation and harmonious development of the Free Trade Zone.

 

Establishment of the Meditation Center is considered as an important measure to further deepen and enrich the cooperative content of the China-ASEAN Legal Forum, an important step to provide legal service for the Free Trade Zone, a must demand to inherit and develop the principle of “Harmony” and “Cooperation” of Asia and important content of expanding and perfecting multi-dimensional and multi-level dispute resolution mechanism of China-ASEAN Free Trade Zone.

 

HuanYu China-ASEAN Legal Cooperation Center

HuanYu China-ASEAN Legal Cooperation Center is a nongovernment, non-profit organization co-founded by China Legal Exchange Center, Hainan Arbitration Commission and Dacheng Law Offices in 2012. Subject to the Civil Affairs Ministry’s registrar approval and ChinaLaw Society’s competence, the Center is a social organization engaged in non-profit social service activities. It is designed to be a platform to integrate resources between China and ASEAN countries. Through promoting exchanges and cooperation among legal circles and theoretical circles of China and ASEAN countries and integrating legal service resources of different countries, such a platform will integrate law-related, economic and social resources in China and ASEAN, boost the quality and efficiency of cross-border legal service within CAFTA, contribute to the China-ASEAN cooperation in trade, investment, tourism, education, cultural exchange, etc. and plays an important role in the development of China-ASEAN Free Trade Zone. The Center will provide services in such fields as project coordination, personnel exchange, training, consultation, agency and dispute meditation.

On March 26, 2012, Huan Yu China-ASEAN Legal Cooperation Center Opening Ceremony &2012 Meeting of China-ASEAN Legal Training Base Alumni Association was held in Haikou of Hainan Province

 

China, South-East Asia, and South Asia Financial and Capital Markets Legal Practice Center

China, South-East Asia, and South Asia Financial and Capital Markets Legal Practice Center was established in 2013. Based in Beijing Dacheng (Kunming) Law Firm, the Center was designed to integrate relevant resources of the financial and capital markets and to build a platform for operational and service entities of the financial and capital markets in this region to develop pragmatic cooperation. Such a platform will promote exchanges and cooperation between the operational and service entities, to prevent legal risks and resolute disputes occurred in exchanges and cooperation, to realize mutual profit and success of all parties and to safeguard a healthy development of the financial and capital markets in China,South-East and South Asia.