Six German and six Chinese defence lawyers participated in an event in the context of the Sino-German exchange for lawyers from April 18th to April 22nd 2016 in Beijing. By giving lectures, the participants more closely examined the entirety of criminal procedural law and worked out the similarities and differences of both legal systems. The focus was particularly on the defence lawyer’s possible actions during preliminary and main proceedings, including elementary rights such as the right to contact the client or the right of access to documents. Representatives of the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, the German Federal Bar Association and the All China Lawyers Association complemented the event by introducing considerations from the organized advocacy’s perspective.
The professional exchange was rounded off by joint visits at the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme People’s Court, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, several law firms and a prison.