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City Law School academic secures high-profile China advisory role

A senior academic at The City Law School, City University London, is set to play a key role during a period of major legal reform in China after being appointed to advise the Chinese Government.
by Ben Mitchell

Professor Adrian Keane, a Barrister and Director of Professional Programmes at the School, will provide expert advice on improving a controversial new set of evidence rules for death penalty cases.

The new rules were intended to improve the fairness of the trial process in China and to reduce the number of death penalty cases but have proved difficult to administer and open to differing interpretation by different judges.

The only non-Chinese member of a project team set up by the Chinese Centre for Criminal Procedure Reform, Professor Keane will also be instrumental in developing a further set of guidelines for the exclusion of confessions obtained by illegal means in criminal cases.

As part of his new role, he will address judges, lawyers and legal academics at two conferences in Beijing, one later this month and another early next year.

Professor Keane's participation has been coordinated by the Great Britain China Centre and is funded by the UK Foreign Office.

Professor Keane is an internationally-recognised expert in the law of evidence whose text, The Modern Law of Evidence, has been cited not only by the House of Lords and the Privy Council but in courts around the world, including the Supreme Court of Canada and the UN War Crimes Tribunal in Rwanda.

Commenting on his new appointment, Professor Keane said: "I am honoured to have been selected to join such a prestigious team that has the opportunity to bring about major legislative reform to the criminal justice system in China."

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