For Immediate Release

Contact:
Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law

December 12, 2006

Law School Receives $1.3 Million to Improve Access to Justice in Rural China

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 rural China.

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 Dongsheng 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 Ministry (Beijing).

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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