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20 Sep 2017 - 24 Sep 2017
[Lecture and Visit] – by invitation only 3rd Training Session of China-AALCO Exchange and Research Program on International Law – Hong Kong Session

On 7th July 2017, the UN-sponsored China-AALCO [Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization] Exchange and Research Program on International Law (CAERP), which was launched in 2015 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation with Asian Academy of International Law (AAIL). It signified both sides would harness our respective advantages to facilitate joint contributions to promote exchanges and cooperation in various areas of international law amidst Asian and African countries. As the first cooperation achievement, a part of CAERP’s third training session was held in Hong Kong.

The three-week long training session was separated into two parts – the first part was hosted by Wuhan University from 4th to 19th September in Beijing; while the second part was hosted by AAIL from 20th to 24th September in Hong Kong.

On 21st September, there were closed-door lectures on “One Country Two Systems” and a number of other relevant legal issues. Speakers included Ms Elsie Leung (Deputy Director of Hong Kong SAR Basic Law Committee of the Standing Committee of National People's Congress), Mr Wesley Wong (Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Hong Kong SAR) and Ms Rebecca Silli (Partner, MinterEllison). The lectures were attended by the delegates of 35 AALCO Member States and Laos (non-member of AALCO) and they highly approved the well-balanced presentations that shed light on both theoretical and practical aspects of the subjects.

In the morning of 22nd September, delegates were invited to visit various bodies in Hong Kong, including the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) or Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China in Hong Kong SAR?? and Department of Justice (DOJ).

While most sessions of the training were closed-door events reserved exclusively for the legal officers of AALCO Member States, an afternoon seminar was open to the public with the topic “Partnering in Asia and Africa in Major Infrastructure Projects”.