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Watching the law in action: students attend criminal trial
Last Modified:  2015-11-26 11:41:16
When law students spend hours leafing through their textbooks, it’s sometimes easy to forget that the cases they read are about real people. To change this, on 23 November, 2015, 11 international students and 8 Chinese students from the China-EU School of Law attended a criminal trial at the Haidian District People’s Court in Beijing. The visit was part of the “Chinese Criminal Justice” course in the “Chinese Law Taught in English” programme for students from the 2015 intake. Students had read the charges on the indictment in English in advance. Professor Yue Liling provided simultaneous interpretation for international students. “We aim at providing students with a deeper understanding of the way the courts work in China,” Professor Yue said.

It was an embezzlement case, in which the defendant was accused of taking RMB 20,000 from her workplace by taking advantage of her position. “As the case unfolded, the trial procedure learned in the book was brought to life before our eyes,” Wang Shua, a master’s student, said. During the trial all students complied with the court rules and took notes carefully. “After the visit we had not only a deeper understanding of the steps of a trial, the duties of the judges, prosecutors and defenders, and the importance and rules of evidence. We also had a heated discussion with Professor Yue about the controversial details of the case.”

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Article by Wang Shuai (CESL master’s student from the 2015 intake)