Promoting Good Governance and the Rule of Law in China: How does a Chinese scholar build global teams to make a difference?
Mei Gechlik, Founder and Director of Stanford Law School’s China Guiding Cases Project; Founder and President of Good Governance International
Dr. Mei Gechlik is Founder and Director of Stanford Law School’s China Guiding Cases Project (“CGCP”) as well as Founder and President of Good Governance International (“GGI”). Approximately three years ago, Dr. Gechlik founded the CGCP and GGI. Achievements made by the CGCP and GGI were featured at the U.S.-China Dialogue on the Rule of Law and Human Rights in September 2013.
The CGCP is a groundbreaking initiative that aims to advance knowledge and understanding of Chinese law and enable judges and legal experts to contribute to the evolution of Chinese case law through ongoing dialogue on “guiding cases” released by China’s Supreme People’s Court. With support from approximately 40 advisers, including justices from the U.S. Supreme People and China's Supreme People's Court, and 80 volunteers, the CGCP has disseminated more than 30 guiding cases and expert commentaries in English and Chinese. The CGCP has received the Supreme People’s Court’s approval to organize a judges’ training program on guiding cases in China.
GGI, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides innovative information technology solutions for governments to promote rule of law, citizen participation, government transparency, and other core principles of good governance. GGI has assembled a team of world-renowned experts on law, good governance, and IT with experience working on the toughest e-government issues for such prominent institutions as the United Nations, the European Commission, and the World Bank. GGI’s team has developed an e-government assessment methodology for use in its China eGovernment Development Index, a project to create tools for assessing e-government development in Chinese localities. The project made a big splash in China and was extensively covered by Chinese media, including China’s official newspaper, the People’s Daily.
Dr. Gechlik will discuss how she and her teams develop these two initiatives to promote good governance and the rule of law in one of the most challenging jurisdictions in the world.
Two pieces of reading may be of interest to participants: (1) http://cgc.law.stanford.edu/commentaries/10-gechlik-and-dai/ (2) http://goodgovintl.org/dev/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/CEDI-REPORT-Executive-Summary-BILINGUAL.pdf