On the afternoon of September 24th, the Fifth China-Africa Forum of Law School Deans was held both online and offline at XTU. Ten law school deans from African countries, such as Uganda, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal, twenty-three law school deans, experts and scholars from China gathered on the cloud. Under the theme of “Challenges and Opportunities of Cooperation in Legal Education Between China and Africa in the Post-epidemic Time”, they have discussed aspects such as China-Africa legal and cultural exchanges and cooperation, online legal education in the digital age, international and regional cooperation of legal education and so on.
Zhang Wenxian, chairman of China Association for Legal Education, and a member of the CPC China Law Society Committee; Barnabas Nawangwe, president of Makerere University from Uganda; Li Bochao, president of XTU; and Liao Yong’an, deputy secretary of the CPC Xiangtan University Committee attended the forum. Liao hosted the forum.
The forum was organized by China Association for Legal Education and Makerere University from Uganda, supported by Renmin University of China Law School, Law School of XTU, co-organized by China-Africa Economic＆Trade Research Institute, China-Africa Economic＆Trade Law Research Institute of XTU, and Confucius Institute at Makerere University.
Since the first China-Africa Forum of Law School Deans started in 2013, it has been hosted once every two years, and so far, it has been almost ten years. The purposes of the forum are to promote legal education exchange and cooperation between China and Africa, share experience on development of judicial system, and enhance law research and humanity exchange. The forum has become a vitalplatform for law and people-to-people exchange between China and Africa.
The 8th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), held on November 29, 2021, explicitly supported the Forum of Law School Deans, and encouraged and assisted Chinese and African universities to jointly establish China-Africa Legal Research Centers and Training Bases for Legal Elites, which has been included in the “FOCAC Dakar Action Plan (2022-2024)”. In the future, the forum will further innovate the way of organization and participation, expand international influence, and enhance the support of high-quality cooperation between China and Africa.