The inauguration ceremony for the Belt and Road International Lawyers Association was held in Guangzhou, capital of South China's Guangdong province, on Dec 8, with Fu Zhenghua, China's Minister of Justice, addressing the event.
The inauguration ceremony for the Belt and Road International Lawyers Association is held in Guangzhou on Dec 8. [Photo/moj.gov.cn]
Fu said that six years after the launch of the Belt and Road Initiative, the initiative has been turned from a vision into reality, gained the recognition and active response of the international community, and become a cooperative and win-win path that promotes common development and realizes common prosperity.
Fu Zhenghua, China’s Minister of Justice, addresses the ceremony. [Photo/moj.gov.cn]
Fu went on to say that the rule of law is an important guarantee of the Belt and Road construction while lawyers are the crucial force in the building of the rule of Law. Chinese lawyers have been joining hands with lawyers from around the world in exploring new opportunities and broadening the scope of business.
The establishment of the association marks the establishment of a new platform for lawyers to serve the Belt and Road Initiative, a new stage for international communication and cooperation among lawyers and a new chapter for lawyers in their participation in the building of the rule of law around the world, proclaimed Fu.
It was proposed at the ceremony that members of the association adhere to the concept of peace, development, and a win-win approach, practice the spirit of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, and promote communication and mutual learning in the field of rule of law.
Members were also urged at the event to focus on deepening the inter-connection and promoting the in-depth integration of legal services; to focus on the joint building of cooperation mechanisms and promote the transformation and upgrading of cooperation among lawyers; and to focus on the building of the association and ensure its sustainable development.
The ceremony passed the bylaws of the association and elected its president, vice-presidents and general secretary as well.
The association's president, vice-presidents and general secretary are elected at the ceremony. [Photo/moj.gov.cn]
Initiated by the All China Lawyers Association (ACLA), the associate has 85 founding members including lawyers associations, law firms, legal institutions and individual lawyers from 36 countries and regions.
Around 300 guests attend the ceremony. [Photo/moj.gov.cn]