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[News]CPRDC`s study tour on public interest litigation

From August 20th 2008 until August 26th, HRN received seven lawyers from the Center for
Protection of Rights of Disadvantaged Citizens(CPRDC), based in Wuhan University, in People's Republic of China. The seven lawyers who are professors or lecturers at Wuhan Law School, visited Japan to study Japanese legal practice.
This study tour was conducted as a part of the CPRDC Project, with the aim of researching the experience of public interest litigation conducted in the Asian region both in theory and practice.
In Tokyo, HRN provided the Chinese lawyers with opportunities to exchange opinions with Japanese lawyers who have experiences of public interest litigation, especially litigation related to environment, pollution, and consumer-related issues. Also, in Hokkaido, HRN took those Chinese lawyers to a free legal counseling service organized by local lawyer groups (Kitami City), as well as set up meetings to exchange opinions and information with local lawyers. HRN hopes that this project contributes the development of public interest litigation in Asia region as well as lead to the formation of new networks of public interest litigation in the region.