The Professional Training Programme of CESL is designed to provide training to China's legal institutions and professionals to better cope with ongoing political, economic and cultural transitions. It aims to enhance knowledge of the Chinese legal profession with regard to European and International Law, as well as to develop relevant practical skills in the major legal professions. At the same time, the programme will strive to educate European professionals involved in legal and business transactions with China on Chinese law. Accordingly, CESL will become a forum for expertise and for the exchange of knowledge between Chinese and European legal professionals.
The Professional Training Programme at CESL will consist of a variety of activities. The first consists of, classes on the fundamentals of European, international and comparative law as well as of introductory sessions on further legal subjects of general interest to all target groups. A second activity will consist of, "Practical Skills" for legal professionals with regard to the technical aspects of their daily work, including computer skills, courtroom techniques and organizational aspects of the work of legal courts and administrations. Furthermore CESL may offer courses on "New Legal Developments" entailing for members of all legal professions highly specialized courses on current legal issues such as new legislation in China on capital markets, direct investments by Chinese businesses in Europe and vice versa, current issues of international commercial law, and etc. Finally CESL may offer courses designed for European and international professionals with a focus on China's legal culture and law.
The teaching methods to be applied by CESL's faculty in the Professional Training Programme will vary according to the content and character of the courses and the diversity of professional backgrounds among the participants.
CESL's teaching staff for the Professional Training Programme will consist of carefully selected highly experienced and internationally reputed academics and professionals. The courses on European law, international law and comparative law will primarily be led by academics, whereas some of the more specialized seminars will additionally require the assistance of outstanding professionals (lawyers, judges and prosecutors). The courses related to practical skills and procedure will be mainly conducted by professionals. All lecturers will be assisted by the academic staff of CESL.
CESL works closely together with the National Prosecutors College and with the National Judges College in tailormaking for these colleges courses of high relevance for prosecutors and judges. Also there is a close collaboration with lawyers associations, leading to CESL offering courses of high importance. CESL can provide the valuable training courses for all legal professionals. We offer basic courses off the shelf, but are willing and capable to tailormake courses that suit the interests of the group of legal professionals.
To ensure the procurement of relevant expertise and to secure the support of all relevant stakeholders in this process, CESL will establish a China-Europe Network of Professional Training (CENPT). CENPT will provide CESL with continuous access to excellent teaching personnel and the expertise of specialized professional training organizations representing different legal traditions in Europe and China. Members of the network and the membership programme will primarily include: European law firms; bar associations and professional organizations; public bodies for the professional training of judges and prosecutors; European networks for professional training; various associations responsible for professional training in China and the EU; and high ranking government officials.
Professional Training Courses will be held in Chinese and/or in English depending on the language skills of the audience and the topic of the relevant class. When necessary, CESL will provide translations of lectures and class materials in order to meet the audience's needs.
CESL will issue a certificate to each successful participant.