Upcoming NZAL Lawyers CPD Session –
“Chinese rule of law and how it differs to that in New Zealand”
Date: Monday, September 2, 2019
Time: 4 pm to 6:15 pm
Venue: NZ Law Society Auckland Branch, Level 12, 51 Shortland Street, Auckland
Registration fees: $60 + GST
CPD credits available for all attendees
The next event for NZAL Lawyers will be held on 2 September 2019.
Led by Mai Chen, Chair, NZAL Lawyers, the speaker line includes (L-R)
Gurbrinder Aulakh, Barrister and Solicitor, Professor Sarah Biddulph, Assistant Deputy Vice Chancellor- International (China) and Director, Asian Law Centre, Melbourne University School of Law, Dr Ruiping Ye, Victoria University of Wellington along with Honourable Justice Lang (not in picture)
Barrister and Solicitor Gurbrinder Aulakh will speak on his experience that the difference in culture is most acute for clients from Mainland China, as other Asian countries may have a commonwealth background and speak English such as India and Singapore.
We have two experts speaking on the Chinese rule of law and how it differs to that found in New Zealand. Cognisance of the differences between Chinese and western culture and rule of law culture is necessary to avoid miscommunications in the courtroom and with clients, particularly when the consequences of miscommunications can be severe for the parties involved.
Professor Sarah Biddulph is Assistant Deputy Vice Chancellor- International (China) and Director, Asian Law Centre, Melbourne University School of Law. She is an expert on the Chinese legal system, with her research focussing particularly on legal policy, law making and enforcement as they affect the administration of justice in China. Professor Biddulph has previously practised law in both Australia and Shanghai and so will have a unique perspective to share with lawyers attending the event. Professor Biddulph will speak to the Chinese understanding of what the rule of law means, how that differs from our understanding of the Rule of Law, changing concepts of justice and the role of politics in it. She will also cover a range of issues emerging from the Superdiversity Institute’s research (with the support of the Ministry of Justice, the Law Foundation and the Borrin Foundation) into issues and challenges faced by Chinese parties in the Courts, such as whether “big face” as a part of the concept of “guanxi” affecting Chinese accused’s lack of displays of remorse.
Dr Ruiping Ye from Victoria University of Wellington completed her undergraduate law study in China and postgraduate degrees in New Zealand. She teaches and researches in the areas of land law, comparative law and Chinese legal system. Dr Ye has been qualified to practise law in both New Zealand and China. Dr Ye will discuss the rule of law in China, in particular the role of law and the operation of the judiciary, with reference to the Court of Appeal decision in Kim v Minister of Justice.
Honourable Justice Lang will then speak to and take questions on “How to be effective in the High Court.” We invite written questions from lawyers on this topic for his Honour to answer at the event.
If you have a question about how to better advocate for your clients in the High Court, please send these through when you register. Asian lawyers who want to serve on the NZAL Lawyers Advisory Board, please get in touch with Karinia Lee