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New understandings

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Cite as: (2005) 79(7) LIJ, p. 14


The Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) and Shanghai Bar Association have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), which opens the way for greater cooperation between the two organisations.

The MoU was signed on 30 May during a visit by a legal services delegation to China, which was organised by the LIV and included LIV president Tory Strong and LIV Advocacy and Practice solicitor Jo Kummrow.

Cooperation between the two organisations could include visiting delegations and exchange programs, referral of member law firms, training opportunities, provision of legal research and information, and provision of a contact point for communication between the two professions and legal professionals in each country.

As part of the week-long trip to China at the end of May, the delegation also visited Beijing and there was useful discussion about concluding an MoU between the LIV and the Beijing Bar Association.

Ms Kummrow said the Beijing Bar Association had shown great interest in signing an MoU but wanted its Foreign Affairs Committee to examine the proposal in more detail first.

The delegation also had a productive meeting with the Ministry of Justice in Beijing.

“The Ministry is considering reforming its laws that govern lawyers and the proposals in the Victorian Legal Profession Act were of great interest to them,” Ms Kummrow said.

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