Justice Rong He has rapidly risen through the ranks of the male-dominated legal profession in China, to become a key player in the nation’s sweeping judicial reform.
Justice He’s first key appointment came at just 22 years of age – fresh from her undergraduate law degree – when she was made an Assistant Judge in the Criminal Court of Beijing High People’s Court.
Justice He has played an important role as China embarks on comprehensive reforms to deepen the rule of law, build a more open and independent judiciary and provide greater protection of human rights by preventing miscarriages of justice.
She was soon promoted to Judge and then Senior Judge, all while completing a master’s degree at UTS’s China campus and then a PhD at the China University of Political Science and Law.
Key roles within the Beijing Second Intermediate People’s Court and People’s High Court followed, before her appointment to the People’s Republic of China Supreme People’s Court, where she is currently Member of the Party Leadership Group, Vice-President, and a Grand Justice of the second rank.
As Vice-President of the Supreme People’s Court, Justice He plays an important role in China’s judicial reform process. Over the past two years, China has embarked on comprehensive reform to deepen the rule of law, helping to build a more open and independent judiciary and protecting of human rights by preventing miscarriages of justice. The reforms also aim to make court hearings more open to the general public, so they can witness the judicial process in action.
In addition to Justice He’s contribution to the Chinese judicial system, as an academic, her published research has been credited with filling many gaps in the study of the Chinese law and justice system. She has also shared her expertise as a professor and tutor in a number of leading Chinese universities.
An active proponent for the role of women in the legal profession in China, particularly in the judiciary, Justice He has also worked in support of positive social reform through her voluntary work with leading women’s rights organisations.
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