China Visit of Former Minister of Justice Herta Däubler-Gmelin

Event: Society and Politics

In late October former federal Minister of Justice Prof. Dr. Herta Däubler-Gmelin travelled to Beijing and Shanghai in the context of an expert’s program on rule of law.

Photo: at the China University of Political Science and Law

Her lecture at the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) about Germany’s role in the current refugee crisis attracted great interest among the listening students and professors. Prof. Däubler-Gmelin didn’t just examine the current situation in Europe, but also shed light on the historic and global dimensions of this humanitarian crisis. Excellent questions, concerning China’s role and legal implications, during Q&A showed the deep understanding and sincere interest of the attending students. And a roundtable discussion with Prof. Dr. Xie Libin, Prof. Dr. Yang Jun and Dr. Huang He about reform of judiciary and the rule of law in China offered new insights and both sides agreed to continue the academic exchange.

Another talk by Prof. Däubler-Gmelin at Peking University addressed the important topic of international criminal courts and tribunals, why are they needed, which types and forms are there, and what might be future problems in the system of international law enforcement. The subsequent discussion, which gave the participants the opportunity to express their own views and suggestions, was moderated by Lian Yuru, Professor at the Institute of International Relations at Peking University.

In a conversation with members of the All China Lawyers Association Prof. Däubler-Gmelin expressed her concerns about the deteriorating working conditions of Chinese lawyers. Recent developments in the Chinese legal system were also the focus of an informative conversation with Senior Judge Mrs. Li Xiao of the Supreme People’s Court.

Her stay in Shanghai was mainly dominated by European topics. Two lectures at Jiaotong University and Fudan University on the topic “The development of human rights in the European Union” gave students the great opportunity to enjoy Däubler-Gmelin’s broad expertise in the field. And during a reception together with Prof. Dr. Chen Dongxiao, President of the Shanghai Institute for International Studies, the former Minister of Justice talked about future challenges and opportunities of Sino-European cooperation.

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