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Chinese lawyers immersed in Australian experience

A delegation of 24 experienced Chinese lawyers is in Melbourne for an eight-week program to immerse themselves in Australian law and legal practice.

The Sir Zelman Cowen Centre is hosting a packed training program for the lawyers from Jiangsu province, including daily seminars, tutorials and workshops delivered by experts from the judiciary, the legal sector, business and academia.

Seminar topics include:

  • contract law
  • torts law
  • company law
  • foreign property transactions
  • Australian insurance law.

The program utilises a practical teaching approach, with a focus on case studies, topical issues and practical workshops.

At the end of the program delegates are placed with leading Australian law firms to engage in a process of mutual learning and teaching with their Australian counterparts.

Experiencing Australian law & culture

Delegates are visiting the Victorian Parliament, Government House, the Supreme Court, a start-up business hub and several law firms and corporations. 

The Speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly, the Honourable Colin Brooks MP, will also address the group during their stay.

Members of the group are placed in homestays with local families across Melbourne, so they get a true taste of local domestic life.

While the Jiangsu lawyers are working hard, they are also discovering what lies beyond the confines of the legal world, including visits to the fairy penguins at St Kilda, artwork at the National Gallery of Victoria and an AFL game. The group has also organised some excursions of its own at weekends, including a trip along the Great Ocean Road.

Jiangsu and Victoria

This is the third consecutive year that Victoria University has successfully hosted a delegation of Chinese lawyers and the second consecutive year that the delegates have come from Jiangsu. 

Jiangsu and Victoria have enjoyed a close and active sister state relationship of over 38 years. This program provides extensive networking opportunities for the delegates, lecturers and hosting law firms alike. It also provides a unique chance to gain cross-cultural insights into Australia-China business relations.

Jiangsu, an eastern province of China, has the second highest GDP of China’s 22 provinces.

The delegation will graduate from the program in June.

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