In the field of activity entitled ‘Legislative advisory services and policy dialogue’, the Sino-German Programme supports an institutionalised bilateral exchange between the two countries aimed at fostering rule of law and improving the applicability of legal standards.
Laws that are precise, coherent and aimed at a fair reconciliation of interests are a prerequisite and instrument of modern nations based on the rule of law. They form the basis for a consistent application of law in public administration and legislative practice, increasing legal certainty for citizens and foreign businesses alike. That is why the programme supports the People’s Republic of China in its project to enact laws that are in accord with the standards of the legislative process in continental Europe.
The Sino-German Legal Cooperation programme advises the Chinese legislative institutions in particular – namely the Legislative Affairs Office under the State Council and the Legislative Affairs Commission and the Budgetary Affairs Commission of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress – in the process of creating new laws and amending existing legal provisions.
Together with the Chinese partners, the programme organises symposia, workshops, training courses and fact-finding trips. In addition, the programme arranges specific individual advisory services by GIZ experts on site and provides expert studies and other publications as sources of information. The content centres on issues directly relevant for rule of law, such as public and administrative law, the structure and constitution of the judiciary system, the codification of civil law and legislative anti-corruption measures. Another focus of the advisory services is on environmental and climate law as cornerstones of sustainable development.
The advisory services of the Sino-German Legal Cooperation programme have already been used in many key legislative projects in the past. Given the importance for the future socio-economic development in the People’s Republic of China, special attention has been paid to the advancement of Chinese civil law (property act, tort act, general civil law, rules of civil procedure), labour and social law (labour contract act, social security act), administrative law (administrative procedure act), as well as environmental and climate law.