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In 2013, China Law Society initiated the China–Europe Legal Forum. The Forum aims at promoting the exchange and cooperation in the field of law and economy between China and Europe, strengthening the understanding and communication between Chinese and European legal professionals, providing legal safeguard and service for the cooperation in the fields of investment, trade and environment protection, etc. The Forum plays a positive role in improving the development of comprehensive strategic partnership of China and Europe.

 

On Oct. 25, 2013, the 1st China-Europe Legal Forum was held in Beijing. The theme was“Enhancing Legal Exchanges and Promoting Trade and Economic Cooperation”. The participants discussed about “the Impact of Law on the China-Europe Trade and Economic Cooperation” and “Legal Aspects Pertinent to the China-Europe Trade and Economic Cooperation”, especially “the Legal System of Intellectual Property”, “Foreign Investment of China-Europe”, and “Market Access and Market Supervision under the WTO”. Mme. Liu Yang, Vice-President of China Law Society, Mr. Clifford Borg-marks, Ambassador of the Republic of Malta to China, Mr. Zhang Fusen, Chinese Co-Chair of China-EU School of Law Joint Managerial Committee, Mr. Hannes Jarolim, President of the Chinese–Austrian Law Society, Mr. Wu Jingren, Deputy Chief of Legal Department of China Development Bank, Mr. Hinrich Julius, European Co-chair of China-EU School of Law Joint Managerial Committee and Professor of University of Hamburg, Mr. Huang Jin, President of China University of Political Science and Law and Member of the China–EU School of Law Joint Managerial Committee, Mr. Zhu Yong, Vice-President of China University of Political Science and Law and more than 80 famous legal experts and scholars from China and Europe attended the Event. The meeting adopted China-Europe Legal Forum-Beijing Declaration. China University of Political Science and Law, China-EU School of Law of China University of Political Science and Law, Chinese–Austrian Law Society, French Comparative Legislation Society and Garrigues Law Firm of Spain joined the Project on Strategic Partnership in Promoting Legal Diplomacy, and held the Signing Ceremony.

 

On October 25,2013,1st China-Europe Legal Forum was held in Beijing

Chinese–Austrian Law Society, French Comparative Legislation Society and

Garrigues Law Firm of Spain joined the Project on Strategic Partnership In Promoting Legal Diplomacy

On June 25,2014, 1st Meeting of China-Europe Legal Forum Steering Committee was held in Vienna ,Austria

 

From 26 to 27, June, 2014, the 2nd China-Europe Legal Forum was held successfully in Vienna, Austria. Mr. Zhang Mingqi, Vice-President of China Law Society, H. E. Mr. Zhao Bin, Ambassador of China to Austria, Mr. Wolfgang Brandstetter, Austrian Minister of Justice, Mr. Hannes Swoboda, President of the S&D Group of the European Parliament, Ms. Barbara Prammer, President of the National Assembly of the Austrian Parliament attended the Opening Ceremony and delivered speeches. The theme was “Legal System and Economic Cooperation”. About 140 representatives from China, Austria, Britain, Greece, Czech, Germany, Spain, Italy, Serbia, Hungary and Sweden participated in the Opening Ceremony. Nearly 40 legal scholars and experts from China and Europe probed into such topics as“ Legal Cooperation in the Process of Economic Globalization and Regional Economic Integration”, “Antitrust and Cooperation Law”, “Corporate Law and Economic Cooperation”, “Tort Law”, “Alternative Dispute Resolution and Arbitration”, “Financing Infrastructure” and “Judicial Systems and their Functioning”. They put forward many useful suggestions and opinions on how to promote the pragmatic cooperation between China and Europe and solve the legal questions on the investment and commerce of China-Europe. On June, 25, the 1st meeting of China-Europe Legal Forum Steering Committee was held in Vienna, during which the Chapter of the Steering Committee was adopted. The Chapter has established the mechanism of the Forum and clarified the major areas and privileged direction of the legal cooperation between China and Europe in the future.

 

From 8 to 9, September, 2015, the 3rd China-Europe Legal Forum was held successfully in Rome, Italy. H.E. Chen Jiping, Executive Vice President of China Law Society, Mr. Rovelli, Deputy President of Supreme Court of Cassation of Italy, Mr. Selvaggi, Solicitor General of Supreme Court of Cassation of Italy and Mr. Hannes Jarolim, President of Chinese–Austrian Law Society, attended the Opening Ceremony and delivered speeches. Mr. Paolo Sebastianutti, Senior Partner of Global Legal Services Law Firm presided over the Opening Ceremony. About 100 representatives from China and European countries such as Italy, France, Austria, and Germany participated in the Forum. The Forum received the high patronage of the European Parliament and was labeled within the events of 40th anniversary between China and EU. The theme of this Forum was “Re-paving the Legal and Economic Silk Road”. Legal scholars and experts from China and Europe deeply probed into eight topics as “The Future of China-Europe Legal Cooperation”, “Judicial Systems”, “Competition Policies”, “Developments in Criminal Law”, “Civil Law”, “Financing and Capital Markets: Comparing Chinese and European Developments” and “Legal Security and Transparent Registries as Advantages for Business Locations”. On September 7, the 2nd meeting of China-Europe Legal Forum Steering Committee was held in the headquarters of UNIDROIT (The International Institute for the Unification of Private Law) in Rome, during which the participants discussed the mode and approach of improving the level of the Forum and determined the privileged direction of the comprehensive and long-term improvement of the Forum.

 

Charter of the Steering Committee of China-Europe Legal Forum
Chapter I Principles
Article 1 Under the principle of “Equality, Cooperation, Mutual Benefit and Win-win”, theSteering Committee of China-Europe Legal Forum (hereinafter refers to as “the Legal Forum”)aims to implement the Beijing Declaration of China-Europe Legal Forum, to consolidate the
spirit of and consensus reached in the Declaration and build the Legal Forum into a standing platform for China-Europe legal cooperation and exchange so as to:
1.1 further learn from each other, enhance the communication and practical cooperation between China-Europe legal circles;
1.2 facilitate the China-Europe friendly cooperation in the fields of politics, economy and culture, etc., and facilitate the comprehensive and in-depth development of China-Europe Comprehensive Strategic Partnership; and 

1.3 promote Legal Diplomacy and take a positive guiding, guaranteeing and facilitating role in building a fair and rational new international system and order.
Article 2 The Steering Committee of China-Europe Legal Forum (hereinafter refers to as “the Committee”) is the guiding, consulting and coordinating organ of the Legal Forum.


Chapter II Functions
Article 3 The Committee shall have the following functions:
(1) to discuss and determine the priorities in future China-Europe legal cooperation;
(2) to solve the structural legal issues of the development of China-Europe Comprehensive Strategic Partnership;
(3) to discuss and formulate the development strategy of the Forum;
(4) to actively organize member organizations to host the Legal Forum or to coordinate the preparatory work for the hosting organization, and implement the consensus reached in the Legal Forum;

(5) to actively contribute ideas and exert efforts for the long-term, stable and sound development of the Legal Forum;
(6) to coordinate and consolidate the exchange and cooperation programs between Chinese and European legal circles;
(7) to perform other functions conforming with the Principles of the Legal Forum.


Chapter III Organs and Structures
Article 4 The member organizations of the Committee are governmental sectors or economic or legal organizations which are of nationwide prestige and influence in political, economic or legal circles and have capabilities in implementing the decisions of the Legal Forum.
Article 5 The Committee has two chairmen, one is from China and the other is from Europe. The Chinese chairman is assumed by the leader of China Law Society; the European chairman is assumed by the leader of the European hosting organization of the subsequent Legal Forum who shall endeavor to establish a stable system of the Steering Committee of European side. The term of office of the European chairman begins by the end of when the current earlier Legal Forum is held in his/her country and expires when the next Legal Forum is held in another European country.


Both chairmen will jointly convene the Steering Committee Conferences.
Article 6 The Committee has the Secretariat which is responsible for daily communication.
Article7 The Committee may install an optional advisory board consisting of national and/or international commercial private legal entities such as corporations. These can be present at the Committee meetings and advise the Committee members on issues of legal and economic importance, but have only consultant status with regard to the decisions of the Committee.


Chapter IV The Steering Committee Conference
Article 8 The Committee Conference is held once during every Legal Forum and the heads of the delegation from member organizations of the Committee shall participate in.

Article 9 The Committee Conference shall mainly have the following obligations:
(1) to discuss, adopt and modify the Charter of the Committee;
(2) to propose, project, guide and consolidate the plan of the future development of the Legal Forum;
(3) to suggest, coordinate and determine the hosting country, hosting organization, theme and activities of the next Legal Forum;
(4) to discuss and approve other legal organizations to join the Committee;
(5) to discuss and determine other major issues of the Committee.


Chapter V The Secretariat
Article 10 The Structure of the Secretariat
The Secretariat has two Secretary-Generals, coming from China and Europe respectively. The Secretary-General of Chinese side is the Director-General of Overseas Liaison Department of China Law Society. The Secretary-General of European side shall be appointed by the European chairman of the Steering Committee in whose country the next Forum will be held. The Secretary-General of European side shall endeavor to establish a stable system of the Secretariat of the European side.
Article 11 The Secretariat operates under the coordination of the Chairmen of the Committee or other officials appointed by the Chairmen. The obligations of the Secretariat shall be:
(1) to disseminate and implement the consensus and results reached in the Legal Forum;
(2) to carry out decisions made by the Committee, make working schemes, and report progress after the last Legal Forum to the Committee Conference;
(3) to collect, distribute and convey relevant documents of the Legal Forum;
(4) to take the work of communication, organization, projecting and coordination of the next Legal Forum;
(5) to organize national legal professionals to participate in the Legal Forum;
(6) to organize and coordinate Chinese and European legal professionals to send delegations to visit each other;

(7) to actively carry out various activities such as lectures and seminars in order to strengthen China-Europe legal academic exchanges and cooperation;
(8) to strengthen practical cooperation in the fields of economic and trade laws, and explore effective mechanism to resolve disputes;
(9) to provide assistance in China-Europe legal practical exchange, cooperation and training;
(10) to assume daily work of the Committee, and provide management service for the Committee;
(11) to collect and collate information about China-Europe legal experts to set up a database, and recommend them to the Committee;
(12) strengthen daily contact, and communicate regularly;
(13) to assume other work authorized by the Committee Conference.
Article 12 If necessary, the Secretariat can hold meetings convened by Secretary-Generals during the Legal Forum to discuss and implement tasks, policies and strategies decided by the Legal Forum and the Committee timely and efficiently. 

 

Chapter VI Supplementary Provisions
Article 13 The working languages of the Committee are Chinese and English.
Article 14 This Charter shall come into effect from the date the Committee passes it.
Article 15 The right of interpretation of and amendment to this Charter belongs to the Committee of the Legal Forum. Amendment to this Charter shall come into effect upon the consensus unanimously reached by all Steering Committee member organizations attending the Steering Committee Conference.
Article 16 This Charter shall be passed and come into effect on June 25th, 2014 in Vienna,Austria.

 

Member Organizations of China-Europe Legal Forum Steering Committee
Chinese organizations: (19 in total)
China Law Society
The Supreme People’s Procuratorate of China
National Development Bank of China
The European Department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China
The Judicial Assistance and the Foreign Affairs Department of China's Ministry of Justice
Institute of Law of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Chinese Civil Law Society
Commercial Law Society
China International Economic and Trade Law Society
Association of Securities Law
China Society of Private International Law
Beijing Foreign Studies University
University of International Business and Economics
Southwest University of Political Science and Law
East China University of Political Science and Law
Shanghai Junyue Law Firm
Dacheng Law Firm (Kunming)
Zhejiang Shengning Law Firm
The Centre for Jurisprudence Research of Jilin University
European organizations: (14 in total)
Austrian-Chinese Law Society
The Society of Comparative Legislation in France
Garrigues Law Firm of Spain
European Law Institute

World Tort Law Society
European Competition Network
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Legal Consultants
Siemens
Vienna Insurance Group
Delegation of European Parliamentarians for relations with the People's Republic of China (DCN)
Representative of the European National Banks
Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) - Interstate Council on Antimonopoly Policy (ICAP)
Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe - European lawyers promoting law & justice VAMED/Fresenius