In the field of activity entitled Legislative Advisory Services, the Sino-German Legal Cooperation Programme supports measures to improve law-making in China. Legal norms that are precise, coherent and designed to ensure a fair balance of interests are the foundation of modern states governed by the rule of law. They are a prerequisite for the consistent application of law in public administration and judicial practice, reducing susceptibility to corruption and increasing legal certainty for citizens and both domestic and foreign businesses. The programme therefore supports the People’s Republic of China in enacting legal norms that are in accordance with the standards of sound legislative process in continental Europe and at the same time meet the specific requirements of the People’s Republic.
The Sino-German Legal Cooperation Programme advises China’s legislative institutions – the Ministry of Justice, the Legislative Affairs Commission and the Budgetary Affairs Commission of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress – on the process of drafting new laws and amending existing legal provisions. Furthermore, the Programme also supports the Environment Protection and Resources Conservation Committee of the National People’s Congress in legislative projects focussing on environmental law.
Together with its Chinese partners, the programme organises symposiums, workshops, training courses and fact-finding trips. It also arranges specific individual advisory services by GIZ experts on site and makes available expert studies and other publications as sources of information. The content centres on issues directly related to the rule of law, such as public and administrative law, budgetary, fiscal and tax law, the structure and constitution of the judicial system, the codification of civil law and legislative anti-corruption measures. Another focus of the programme’s advisory services is on environmental law as a cornerstone of sustainable development.