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. For this reason the programme supports the endeavours of the People’s Republic of China to enact legal norms that are in accord with the standards of sound legislative process in continental Europe.
The Sino-German Legal Cooperation Programme advises China’s legislative institutions – the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council, 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.
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, 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 and climate law as cornerstones of sustainable development.