Visit of the President and Judges of the High Court of the Guizhou Province to La Trobe

In 2013 China launched a new round of judicial reforms, while in June 2014, it was decided that local trials will first be conducted in selected locations. For this purpose, seven locations (Jilin, Shanghai, Guangdong, Hubei, Hainan, Guizhou, and Qinghai) were selected and local pilot reform programs started immediately. These reforms intend to uphold efficiency, fairness and justice as the fundamental principles underpinning the Chinese judiciary, through establishing or improving mechanisms for judicial appointment, prevention of local protectionism and judicial corruption, and mechanisms for accountability and supervision.

On Monday 24 August, La Trobe Law School , in association with La Trobe Asia, will be hosting a delegation of six Judges led by The Hon. Sun Chao, President and Chief Justice of the Guizhou High Court. In this public talk, the Hon. Sun Chao, will explain the reform progresses at the four pilot courts in Guizhou Province.


The Hon. Sun Chao, a Grand Justice of Second Rank, is President (and Chief Justice) of the High Court of the Guizhou Province. He graduated from the East China University of Political Science and Law with LLB, LLM and PhD (Law) degrees. Prior to his appointment to the Standing Committee of the Shanghai People’s Congress, and later to Shanghai district governments, he was a law professor at East China University of Political Science and Law. Throughout his career, he has maintained his academic research interests in his capacity as an adjunct professor at various universities in China. Professor Sun has been a visiting scholar at Universities of Wisconsin, Yale, and Sydney.

The Hon. Zhang Dechang, Senior Judge of the High Court of Guizhou Province and a member of the Judicial Committee of the Guizhou High Court.

The Hon. Pan Tiejun, President of Liu Pansui Intermediate Court, Guizhou Province.

The Hon. Duan Jianhua, Judge and Chief of the Second Civil Case Tribunal, Guizhou High Court.

The Hon. Luo Chaoguo, Judge and Deputy Chief of the Environment Tribunal, Guizhou High Court.

Mr Ji Jia, member of the Secretariat of the Standing Committee of Minhang District People’s Congress, Shanghai.

The podcast of the presentation can be accessed here.


Date: Monday 24 August 2015

Time: 11.30am – 2.30pm

Venue: La Trobe University City Campus, Level 20, 360 Collins St, Melbourne.

Cost: Free

Register: Register via Eventbrite before 12pm by Friday 21 August. For more information contact

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