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The China Law Center Hosts Workshop with Ministry of Civil Affairs on Drafting of China's First Charity Law

On October 19, the China Law Center hosted a workshop in New Haven with representatives of China's Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA) to discuss legal and policy issues related to the development of a charitable sector and the regulation of charitable organizations.  China is currently drafting the country’s first Charity Law in an effort to expand the role played by charitable organizations in addressing China’s pressing social issues. 

Wang Laizhu, Director-General of the MOCA Legislative Affairs Office, and MOCA official Li Xudan participated in the workshop together with a number of U.S. experts on the law of charitable organizations.  John G. Simon, Augustus E. Lines Professor Emeritus of Law and Professorial Lecturer in Law, who teaches Nonprofit Institutions and a Nonprofit Organization Clinic at Yale Law School, was joined by tax expert Michael J. Graetz, Justus S. Hotchkiss Professor of Law at Yale; Betsy Buchalter Adler of the law firm Silk, Adler & Colvin, who specializes in representing tax-exempt organizations; and Brigham Young University law professors W. Cole Durham and Brett G. Sharffs (YLS '92), both of whom bring extensive comparative and international law expertise to the drafting project.  Director Paul Gewirtz and Deputy Directors Jamie Horsley and Jeffrey Prescott represented the China Law Center and were joined by a number of Yale Law School and Yale University students.  MOCA hopes to complete a draft of the Charity Law for submission to China’s State Council for consideration early next year.