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    The Chinese Supreme People’s Court Database – how to use it and what secrets does it reveal about China’s legal system?

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    Date(s) - 18/08/2017
    10:00 am - 11:30 am


    Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg


    Unit 1701, Tower B, Pacific Century Place, 2A Gong Ti Bei Lu, Beijing, China
    卢森堡驻华大使馆, 北京市朝阳区工体北路甲2号, 盈科中心B座1701室


    (+86 10) 8588 0900 (switchboard)



    Entrance Fee

    FCCC Members free, non-members 100RMB

    Until just a few years ago, China’s court cases were unavailable to the general public and it was near impossible to find court decisions on specific topics. But in recent years, China’s Supreme Court required lower courts to publish court decisions in a database accessible to the public. There is no cost or fee to use the database, and it is easy to navigate says our speaker, Geoffrey Sant. The database now holds approximately 32 million cases and is adding tens of thousands every week. It has received in excess of 9 billion visits so far. The court database provides a tremendously rich resource for journalists interested in reporting on China’s legal system, crimes, high-profile disputes, corruption, and scandals, says Sant, and it also offers the opportunity to find trends and cases that are otherwise unknown or unfamiliar outside of China.

    Geoffrey Sant, partner at Dorsey and Whitney LLP and an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law and at the China University of Political Science and Law (in Beijing) will walk FCCC members through the Supreme Court Database and show them how to make practical use of the resource as well as highlight some of the more newsworthy cases. Some of the cases he will highlight include: eyewitness testimony of drivers running over pedestrians multiple times, cases of “ding zui,” in which one person falsely admits to a crime in place of the real criminal and cases of police officers arrested for corruption and assisting criminals.


    Geoffrey Sant is a Partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP. He is also an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law and at the China University of Political Science and Law (in Beijing). He is the President of the Board of Directors of the New York Chinese Cultural Center and Director of the Chinese Business Lawyers Association. As an attorney, Geoffrey Sant represents such international banks as Bank of China, Bank of Communications, Bank of East Asia, Banco Nacional de Argentina, DNB Nor Bank ASA, Agricultural Bank of China, China Construction Bank, and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. On behalf of one of his clients, Geoffrey Sant defeated a class action litigation brought against the client and then successfully convinced the judge to impose money sanctions against the law firm that sued his client. Among his other clients, he represents some of China’s largest investment and real estate companies. In 2016, the PRC Ministry of Culture selected him as a “Young Sinologist.” Geoffrey Sant’s articles on China include introducing substitute criminals (ding zui) to the West in 2012, and a controversial article on hit-to-kill drivers. He has a BA from the University of Chicago, an MA in Chinese and Japanese literature from Columbia University, and a JD from NYU School of Law.

    DATE: Friday, Aug 18, 10-11:30am

    VENUE: Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Unit 1701, Tower B, Pacific Century Place, 2A Gong Ti Bei Lu – Beijing

    ENTRANCE: FCCC members free, non-members 100RMB



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