Shar­ing le­gal knowl­edge

ChinAfrica - - Africa Report -

The China Law So­ci­ety is co­or­di­nat­ing Chi­nese and African law schools to set up joint le­gal re­search cen­ters and train­ing bases in Africa. In Jan­uary, the School of Le­gal Stud­ies of Guang­dong Uni­ver­sity of For­eign Stud­ies paired up with Strath­more Law School in Nairobi to found a joint le­gal re­search cen­ter and train­ing base in Nairobi. Gu said there would be sim­i­lar pair­ings in Cameroon, South Africa and Tan­za­nia.

“China has more trade and in­vest­ment re­la­tions with for­eign coun­tries. Le­gal co­op­er­a­tion is there­fore nec­es­sary to pro­vide co­or­di­na­tion among dif­fer­ent le­gal sys­tems and poli­cies to smooth, pro­mote and safe­guard eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion,” he said.

The rapid change in the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket has also made such co­op­er­a­tion im­per­a­tive. “The ex­ist­ing le­gal frame­works or con­ven­tions may not be in tan­dem with the trends,” Gu ex­plained. “A lot of African coun­tries were not in­de­pen­dent when some le­gal treaties and frame­works were drafted. [So] in these frame­works the in­ter­ests of de­vel­op­ing coun­tries might not be well pro­tected. It is very im­por­tant that le­gal pro­fes­sion­als of these de­vel­op­ing coun­tries join to­gether to pro­mote and safe­guard our own de­vel­op­ment in­ter­ests.” Com­ments to sarkar­b­jre­view@out­

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