Vincent Yang

Prof. Vincent Yang, PhD, was educated in China (LL.M), Canada (Ph.D., SFU) and England and is Pro-Rector (Academic Affairs and Development)Personal Chair in International Law at University of Saint Joseph, Macau, China.  From 1995, Prof. Yang had worked for the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy in Vancouver as Director of China Program. He has directed four CIDA-funded China rule-of-law projects to assist important law reforms in China, including the Canada-China Criminal Justice Project, the Canada-China Legal Aid Legislative Development Project, the International Human Rights Convention Project, and the Implementing International Standards in Criminal Justice in China Project. These projects have provided Canadian and international expertise to China for supporting the introduction of ICCPR standards into the Law of Criminal Procedure, the creation of a legal aid system, the reforms of China's criminal law, the creation of community corrections, the development of recommendations for the ratification and implementation the UN Conventions against corruption and transnational organized crime.  Over the past 12 years, these projects have produced over 50,000 copies of books that are distributed to justice departments and law schools in China. Over 10,000 Chinese justice officials, law professors and students, judges, prosecutors, practicing lawyers, correctional and police officers participated in the project activities. The projects also helped to build and improve Canada's relations with top-level Chinese justice institutions including its Supreme People's Court, the Supreme People's Procuratorate, the Ministry of Justice and the leading law schools and research institutes in China.  Prof. Yang has also been a senior advisor to the International Centre and the CBA in both the CIDA-funded bilateral China Procuratorate Reform Project and China Legal Aid and Community Legal Services Project. He served as an advisor and expert to the United Nations Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations Development Program and the Ford Foundation in their China law reform projects.  He was an international expert invited by the Canadian Government, the U.S. State Department and the UN OHCHR to address China related justice and governance issues in bilateral dialogues and multilateral conferences. He was called as an expert witness in Chinese related high-profile case hearings in Canada.  In 2006, Dr. Yang was named as one of "the 100 most influential Chinese Canadians" by the Vancouver Sun.