SOURCE: The China Business Forum

The China Business Forum

July 13, 2010 13:34 ET

US-China Legal Cooperation Fund Announces New Grants

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - July 13, 2010) -  The most recent round of grants by the US-China Legal Cooperation Fund has been made for projects addressing comparative law, public participation, access to government information, labor law, attorney-client privilege, and the operating framework for civil society organizations.

The US-China Legal Cooperation Fund, an initiative financed by leading US companies engaged in trade and investment with the People's Republic of China, has awarded more than $1.3 million in grants since 1999. Each project is jointly implemented by US and Chinese partners; to date, 58 American and 51 Chinese institutions have cooperated on projects that received support from the fund.

The fund's Board of Trustees, co-chaired by Herbert J. Hansell of the law firm Jones Day and R. Michael Gadbaw of Georgetown Law Center, announced that the following seven projects have received support from the fund:

  • A feasibility study to assess the value of, and optimize the process for, translating recent US Supreme Court cases into Chinese, conducted by Georgetown University Law Center and Tsinghua University School of Law.

  • Development and distribution of a comprehensive Chinese-language reference and training manual for defending juveniles accused of crimes, to be developed by International Bridges to Justice, Northwestern University of Political Science and Law, and Shaanxi Female Legal Workers' Association.

  • Preparation of a Chinese-language manual of best practices for civil society organizations delivery of social services, undertaken by the International Center for Civil Society Law and the China Association of Nongovernmental Organization Cooperation.

  • Conducting a workshop in China to promote public participation in drafting of future land expropriation legislation, organized by the Rights Practice and China University of Political Science and Law.

  • Collection and analysis of empirical data on safeguarding attorney-client privilege in China and lawyers accused of misconduct or perjury, conducted by Washington and Lee University School of Law and Sichuan University's China Judicial Reform Research Center.

  • Convening forums in China for government officials, law professors, publishers, and librarians on ways to make PRC government information more accessible and transparent, organized by the Washington University Law School Library and Tsinghua University Law School.

  • Development of Chinese-language training materials and workshops to improve workers' access to information on their legal rights in Hubei and Hunan, undertaken by Verité and South-Central University of Nationalities and Hunan Agricultural University.

The US-China Legal Cooperation Fund solicits proposals from American and Chinese partners seeking support for cooperative efforts to strengthen improvement of legal services, protection of legal rights, legal education, legislative and judicial procedures, and other law-related areas in China.

Current financial contributors to the fund include:

GE Foundation; The Boeing Company; ExxonMobil Corporation; Motorola, Inc.; Cargill, Incorporated; Dewey & LeBoeuf; FedEx Express; Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Mary Kay Inc.; and Jones Day.

The US-China Legal Cooperation Fund is a program of the China Business Forum (501/c/3), the education and research arm of the US-China Business Council (501/c/6). Further information about the fund and its grants program is available on its website (www.uschinalegalcoop.org).

Contact Information

  • CONTACTS:
    Herbert J. Hansell
    Jones Day
    202-879-3986

    R. Michael Gadbaw
    Georgetown Law Center
    301-502-8769

    John Frisbie
    The US-China Business Council
    202-429-0340