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The University of Massachusetts with the Massachusetts Judges Conference and the American Bar Association are responsible for implementation of the program and achievement of results. Each organization manages programming activities within its respective area of expertise.

UMass and its allies work intensively with provincial judicial training colleges, legal and judicial educators and provincial high courts in China in support of the U.S. government's foreign policy interest in strengthening China's institutional judicial framework.

The Enhanced Judicial Education in China project focuses on the following three areas:
  1. applying rules of evidence in court procedures and developing enhanced court management of pre-trial discovery;
  2. improving capacity to implement mediation practices currently being discussed as China reforms the Administrative Litigation Law and Civil Procedure Law; and
  3. improving access to the courts through improved transparency of adjudication.
The Enhanced Judicial Education in China project has the following broad, long-term goals:
  1. to build the capacity of China's judiciary by arming judges with new skills and perspectives and a new sense of independence and empowerment; and
  2. to enhance Chinese citizens' trust in, knowledge of, and access to the legal system.
The program will seek to attain the following, specific objectives:
  • Develop sustainable training programs to enhance Chinese Judges' critical thinking and to promote a more rules-based approach to the trial process.
  • Contribute to the development of an influential group of Chinese legal and judicial professionals familiar with the expectations of the international community with respect to the rule of law.
  • Create bilateral, fully collaborative relationships among legal educators and professionals and working judges in the U.S. and China.
  • Implement, modernize and expand legal mechanisms and institutions by which Chinese citizens can assert their rights, including through mediation of administrative disputes.
  • Assist in making courts in China more transparent, predicable, fair and responsive.
  • Contribute to development of enhanced policy in the target reform areas of evidence, discovery, administrative mediation and access to court decisions by creating and promoting functioning models in the Chinese context.
  • Enhance citizens' knowledge of, confidence in and access to the legal system.

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