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A group of Chines judges, as well as their Prime Minister, is presently in England on a study tour organised by the Great Britain China Centre.

Great Britain China Centre is an organisation which promotes the understanding between China and the UK, through assisting effective dialogue in the Chinese government, society and business.

A new power has recently been introduced in China for their judges to exclude illegally obtained evidence. On the 16th June I spoke about the changes as a visiting professor at a seminar organised by Queen Mary University of London.

The session looked at the operation of the discretionary power in section 78 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984; to exclude evidence if it was unfair in the proceedings to admit it; and looked at there case studies spanning the years from the introduction of the Statute to the modern day.

The session was chaired by Amber Marks and included speaker Dr Saskia Hufnagel; he discussed the admissibility of evidence across European borders where material was obtained lawfully in a chosen jurisdiction because this could not be done lawfully in the prosecuting State.

 I was very pleased to be able to contribute in this seminar, sharing our own experience of the dangers of false confessions and illegally obtained evidence so that they might consider what steps are best taken in their own jurisdiction.