China Shares International Experiences in Legal Harmonisation

26 Mar 2012


During its reform and opening up, China has passed 240 new laws, 760 administrative regulations and over 8,600 regulations. Naturally, some of these laws have conflicting norms, and as a White Paper launched in October 2011 highlighted, significant work was required to ensure that new and existing local laws are consistent with national laws. As part of this work, a forum was held in Huangshan, Anhui Province, on 26-28 March 2012, to share international experiences in ensuring legal harmonisation between the constitution, laws, administrative legislations and the role played by parliament. A host of legal experts from China, US, France and the European Court of Justice joined in this productive International Workshop on Comparative Research on Systems and Mechanisms to Ensure Harmonisation of Legislation at Different Levels.

Mr. Christophe Bahuet, UNDP Country Director, delivered some brief opening and closing remarks, highlighting the importance of legal harmonisation as an important step in ensuring consistency among laws and their application, and in managing the expectations of both legal practitioners and the general public. Following some in-depth exchanges on the protection of the constitution, the role of the judiciary and lawyers, and public consultation and feedback mechanisms in legal harmonisation processes, participants visited the Legal Affairs Unit in Yiqi Town.

The forum was hosted by the Legislative Affairs Commission of the National People’s Congress and organised with support from the EU in China, the China International Centre for Economic and Technical Exchanges and UNDP.