To promote high-level exchange and discussion of law and human rights issues in the United States and China, the National Committee and the China Foundation for Human Rights Development co-organize an annual U.S.-China Track II Dialogue on the Rule of Law & Human Rights. Established in December 2009, this Track II dialogue is the first of its kind to be jointly hosted by U.S. and Chinese non-government organizations.

The dialogue draws in experts from the American and Chinese government, academia, and the legal field who gather to discuss developments in areas of the law that affect the rule of law and human rights. Some of the institutions represented at the dialogue include China’s National People’s Congress, State Council, Supreme People’s Court, Supreme People’s Procuratorate, Ministry of Justice as well as provincial and local bureaus; U.S. federal judiciary, Departments of Commerce and Justice; and defense bars and academia of both countries. These experts bring multiple institutional perspectives to each of the issue areas, which add greater focus and depth to the discussions.

Each of the seven iterations of the dialogue has generated significant goodwill, greater mutual understanding and respect among the discussants, and has caused experts from both countries to reflect on their own legal practices and consider alternate approaches to addressing issues in legal reform. Discussants pledge further cooperation on rule of law and human rights issues.

The most recent meeting of this Track II dialogue was held November 13-16, 2017 in New York. The sessions focused on the role of lawyers in the criminal justice system, law enforcement issues, government accountability and transparency, and the ongoing legal reforms and developments in both countries. Like all prior sessions of the dialogue, the proceedings were off-the-record.

Earlier sessions of the dialogue were held December 6-10, 2015 in Beijing; September 10-12, 2013 in Glen Cove, New York; December 3-5, 2012 in Haikou, Hainan Province; September 14-15, 2011, in New York; December 7-8, 2010, in Xiamen, Fujian Province; and December 12-13, 2009, in Nantong, Jiangsu Province.

The National Committee is grateful to The Starr Foundation for its ongoing and generous support of this program.

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