City Law School academic lands major China appointment

A senior City Law School academic is set to be at the helm of major legal reform in China after being appointed to advise the country’s government.  

Professor Adrian Keane, a Barrister and Director of Professional Programmes at the School, will provide expert advice to the Chinese government on improving a controversial new set of evidence rules for death penalty cases. 

Working as part of a project team set up by the Chinese Centre for Criminal Procedure Reform, he will also be instrumental in a further set of guidelines for the exclusion of confessions obtained by illegal means in criminal cases in the country.

As part of his new role, Professor Keane will address judges, lawyers and legal academics at two international conferences in Beijing, one later this month and another in the autumn.

The project has been coordinated by the Great Britain China Centre and funded by the UK Foreign Office.

Professor Keane is an internationally-recognised expert in the law of evidence and has previously been cited in jurisdictions around the world including the House of Lords, the Supreme Court of Canada and the UN War Crimes Tribunal in Rwanda.

Commenting on his new appointment, Professor Keane said: “I am honoured to have been appointed to such a prestigious team and one that undoubtedly has the opportunity to bring about major legislative reform to the criminal justice system in China.”

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