SEATTLE - The Asian Law
Center (ALC) at the University of Washington School of Law was awarded a $1.3
million grant from the U.S. Department
of State for a three-year project to help promote and improve access to justice in
The project, titled "Empowering Rural Communities: Legal Aid and the Rule of Law in Rural China", will promote immediate access to law for citizens in
three of China’s poorest provinces, as well evaluate the country's current legal aid services.
As part of the project, up to 100
Chinese county legal aid lawyers and law student interns will received training.
UW Professor of Law Veronica Taylor,
also the Director of the ALC, and UW Political Science Professor Susan Whiting
are the lead faculty and UW Assistant Professor of Law
Zang will serve as the country expert for the project, which begins January 2007. The on-site partners
will be the national law schools in Hunan, Inner Mongolia Autonomous
Region (IMAR) and Yunnan, some of the most under-resourced provinces
of China, and the National Legal Aid Center, Justice
The ALC also manages the
Afghan Legal Educators Project, funded by a $2 million grant in 2004 from
the State Department to provide post-graduate legal training to Afghan faculty
and curriculum development to train the Afghan legal community.
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