Hogan Lovells' Ulaanbaatar and Beijing Offices Present on Chinese Law and Practice in the Area of Anti-human Trafficking

LONDON, 20 SEPTEMBER 2011 - As part of Hogan Lovells' international anti-trafficking pro bono programme, its Ulaanbaatar and Beijing offices have participated in a presentation on aspects of Chinese law and practice surrounding the issue of human trafficking.

The joint project between Hogan Lovells' offices in China, Mongolia and London, has been developed to help combat the problem of human trafficking of Mongolians into the People's Republic of China.
The Mongolian representatives of the American Bar Association invited Hogan Lovells to give an overview of Chinese law and a discussion on the practical methods that Mongolian advocates could use to establish links with their counterparts in China. This was mainly for the purposes of preventing trafficking and assisting victims with repatriation.

Two of Mongolia's most prestigious NGOs, the National Centre Against Violence and the Centre for Human Rights Development, hosted the conference. 
Senior associate Kurt Tiam of the Beijing office conducted the four-hour presentation before an audience of 50 Mongolian advocates and American consultants.  In his presentation he introduced the audience to general Chinese principles regarding the promulgation and implementation of laws and regulations as well as the major Chinese agencies involved in the task of preventing trafficking. Most significantly, Kurt provided practical illustrations to help the Mongolian members of the audience to understand how to overcome difficulties in communication with their Chinese counterparts in this sensitive area.
Xu Liang (senior associate, corporate), Sarah Zhang (associate, corporate) and Sammi Wang (paralegal) of the Beijing office assisted Kurt by conducting research and making inquiries with the relevant Chinese authorities.  Crispin Rapinet (partner, co-chair of the pro bono practice) and Yasmin Waljee (of Counsel, pro bono) of the London office assisted with the project.  Mike Aldrich, resident partner in Mongolia, initiated the contacts with the relevant organisations and oversaw the Mongolian side of the project.
As a next step, the Office of the President of Mongolia has invited Hogan Lovells to participate in an international conference on a reform of the professional rules governing Mongolian advocates. 

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