French notariat at the heart of legal cooperation in China

The French notariat has been working in China for more than 18 years through institutional agreements, the training of Chinese jurists, and normative influence.

Webinar on the New Chinese Civil Code and China / France Cooperation

On December 17, 2020, a webinar on the new Chinese civil code, moderated by Alain GRUMBERG (journalist and director of FuturingPress), was held with the participation of several speakers: Marie GORE (professor of law at the University of Paris II Assas and director of the Institute of Comparative Law), Yves CHARPENEL (first honorary general counsel), Charles GIJSBERS (professor of law), Michel GRIMALDI (professor of civil law), Bei LI (professor of law at the University of Jiao Tong - Shanghai), Me Olivier VIX (delegate of the Superior Council of Notaries for China).

Institutional arrangements

The Sino-French Center for Legal and Notarial Training and Exchange in Shanghai (hereinafter "the Center") was inaugurated on February 7, 2001 following an agreement between the High Council of French Notariat (CSN) and the Bureau Shanghai Justice, in partnership with the Court of Cassation, academics, the Caisse des Depots.

Five successive French Guards of Seals visited the Center (Mr. Perben, Mr. Clément, Ms. Dati, Mr. Mercier and Ms. Belloubet on June 23, 2018, during the trip of the Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, in China) and two Chinese Ministers of Justice.

The High Council of French Notariat also signed in 2010 a cooperation agreement with the University of Law and Political Science of China in Beijing; since 2013, it has an office made available at the Notarial Law Research Center of this University.

Presentation of the Sino-French Center in Shanghai

[video] Celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Sino-French Center for Training and Legal and Notary Exchange in Shanghai at the Chinese Cultural Center in Paris.

Elite training

More than 5,300 Chinese lawyers have been trained to date through 58 seminars, including 35 in China in 24 provinces, 24 in France. 58 Chinese students, selected at a level of excellence, were trained in French and French law in the framework of the two French-Chinese legal Masters.

In addition, more than twenty Chinese students have completed a three-month internship since 2013 in French notarial studies. More than a hundred French students completed an internship at the Shanghai Center.

Normative influence

The activity of the Center favored the adoption of the notarial law and the creation of a modern notary in China in 2006.

Since 2010, the French Notariat, in cooperation with the University of Law and Political Science of China in Beijing, has organized several seminars on rural law before academics and representatives of Chinese ministries. French property expertise is highly appreciated, especially as China is working on the establishment of a real estate registration system. On March 17, 2014, the High Council of French Notariat (CSN) held a symposium organized by the French Embassy in Beijing on real estate registration in cooperation with the Association of Chinese Notaries, the State Council and the Court of Cassation. , the FIP DG of the Ministry of Finance and the Order of Land Surveyors. A new conference on "Real Estate Sales" was held at the China University of Law and Political Science in Beijing on September 28, 2014, bringing together lawyers and law historians, financiers, planners and architects, heritage managers and creators, researchers and teachers. The High Council of French Notariat (CSN) subsequently received a delegation from the Ministry of Land and Resources of China on October 28, 2015, which studied the French system.

Since 2013, the CSN has also been providing expertise in forest management. A quadripartite agreement (CSN, National Forestry Bureau of China, University of the Forest and La Forestière society) was concluded. A working seminar in May 2016 brought together specialists (administrations, academics) in forest management from different provinces of China. This mission had a follow-up in France in the field in October 2016. A new meeting was held in June 2017 in Beijing with the administration on this subject.

The French Embassy in China organized, jointly with the Foundation for Continental Law and the High Council of French Notariat, several "Franco-Chinese meetings of law and justice" in 2017 and 2018:

  • from 19 to 23 June 2017 on the topics "civil law: reforms in progress and prospects", as well as on the protection of vulnerable people; the Chinese face the aging of the population and the need to find effective systems to protect the weak and ensure the security of the acts.
  • 12 and 13 October 2017 on the theme "Urban changes and environment: what right for the city of the 21st century? », Which closed the 4th Franco-Chinese Month of the Environment.
  • 13-17 May 2018 on the reform of the Chinese Civil Code in partnership with the China Law Society's Legal Exchange Center, the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission and the Faculty of Law of Tsinghua University on 13- May 17, 2018
  • November 28, 2018, The 3rd Sino-French Conference on Civil Codification in partnership with the Chinese Association for Civil Law Research of the China Law Society, the National Center for Research on Civil and Commercial Law, the Research Center on the legal systems of French-speaking countries and Renmin University of China.

Finally, the High Council of French Notariat (CSN) received the former Minister of Justice of China on October 23, 2013, Ms. WU Aijing and the new Minister, Mr. FU Zhenghua on April 30, 2019.

2014: Participation in the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between France and the PR of China

On the occasion of this Cinquantenaire, the High Council of French Notariat (CSN) joined the "Nuit de Chine" event at the Grand Palais in Paris on January 27, 2014. In addition, several "Cinquantenaire" labeled events were organized.

Thus, the High Council of French Notariat (CSN) presented with the Caisse des dépôts on September 26 in Shanghai the exhibition "Creating and Protecting Heritage - 1848-1914 - The Legal and Financial Framework" and participated in a symposium on Special Urban Zones in Shanghai. For the exhibition, it demonstrated the legacy but also the current dynamic: protecting heritage is not the only movement of conservation but also the basis for the creation of a heritage that supports the new concerns of contemporary society and its responsibility for future generations. The exhibition was based on archival documents - elements taken up and deployed in a complete trilingual catalog. It was also presented in Beijing Monday, September 29 in cooperation with the Embassy of France.

Information to expatriates and cultural exchanges

Since 2004, the High Council of French Notariat (CSN) has held regular information meetings in cooperation with the French consulates in China for French expatriates on legal issues and answers their daily questions.

Frequently asked questions