International Conference "China, Sustainable Development and Economic Policy-Making"

This conference brings together globally renowned experts, representing the perspectives of law, economics, environmental protection and climate change studies, political sciences and cultural studies to discuss pressing issues concerning China's development.

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Significant growth of the Chinese economy in the last three decades, combined with a wide range of innovative reforms and initiatives has led to the country assuming the position of a key global power. In recent years China has achieved the status of the second largest economy of the world and adopted highly deliberate strategies affecting international and regional trade and investment partners. The scale of this involvement can be seen in such ventures as, inter alia, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI, with China-driven infrastructure and investment projects spanned over three continents), the country’s engagement in mega-regional trade agreements such as Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), or in the establishment of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

As the economic growth subsides, China is increasingly hard-pressed to seek balance between invigorating the economy and safeguarding public goods related to the society and natural environment. Pitfalls of rapid development have included deterioration of natural environment and securing steady and renewable energy supplies. These challenges have been addressed by China at the domestic, as well as at the international level. The resulting policies, both domestic and international, are of direct, paramount significance to China’s trade and investment partners, including Nordic stakeholders. They are also shaped in close connection with multilateral developments, in particular through implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

The conference will analyze these complex phenomena and their significance for Nordic partners from the private, as well as public sector. It will discuss to what extent global sustainability objectives can be successfully reconciled with stimulating economic development. It will also explore how China takes part in the global policy-making on matters of sustainable development, environment, and health and how does it engage with international economic law in a broader sense to realize these goals. It will explore China’s domestic policies and priorities, such as building the ecological civilization, as proclaimed by President Xi Jinping in 2013, and as adopted in an amendment to China’s Constitution in 2018. The conference will investigate these policies as responses to current challenges and as outcomes of the Chinese culture and historical tradition. It will also examine how they shape the country’s global outlook, and what response does it prompt from China’s trade and investment partners, such as the EU, the US, and other parties, including developing countries.

To address these issues, the event will bring together globally renowned experts, representing the perspectives of law, economics, environmental protection and climate change studies, political sciences and cultural studies. Specific topics will be discussed at the following, dedicated sessions.

  • China and Sustainable Development as a Global Economic Policy
  • Chinese Concept of Ecological Civilization and Sustainable Development
  • Energy, Climate Change, and Health
  • Foreign Investment Protection, Sustainable Development and China
  • China and the Authority of International Economic Courts and Tribunals
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals and Challenges for Developing Countries Hosting Chinese Investments
  • Food Safety Governance and Sustainable Development


Jacob Graff Nielsen, Professor & Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen.
Shujing Zhang, Economic and Commercial Counsellor, Chinese Embassy in Denmark.
Johan Jørstad Gade, Head of Section, Department of Asia, Latin America and Oceania, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.
Yuejiao Zhang, Professor, School of Law, Tsinghua University & Shantou University; Former WTO Appellate Body Chair and Judge; Former Director-General of Law and Treaty of Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China, former Director-General of Asian Development Bank.
Alex Wang, Professor, School of Law, University of California, Los Angeles.
Jørgen Delman, Professor, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen.
Wusheng Yu, Professor, Department of Food and Resource Economics, University of Copenhagen.
Jaakko Salminen, Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty of Law, University of Turku.
Xiao Zhu, Professor, Faculty of Law, Renmin University of China.
Chunrong Liu, Associate Professor, Fudan-European Center for China Studies & Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, University of Copenhagen.
Ditlev Tamm, Professor, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Law.
Haifeng Deng, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, School of Law, Tsinghua University.
Flemming Gerhardt Nielsen, Researcher, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Former Head of Division for Energy Supply and Renewable Energy, Danish National Energy Agency.
Alessandro Monti, Visiting Ph.D. Student, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen.
Ole Kristian Fauchald, Professor; and Fredrik Lindmark; Researcher, University of Oslo.
Vivienne Bath, Professor, University of Sydney Law School and Director of the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law.
Liyu Han, Professor, Faculty of Law, Renmin University of China.
Elizabeth Whitsitt, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Calgary.
Julien Chaisse, Professor, Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Wei Shen, KoGuan Distinguished Professor of Law, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Law School.
Fenghua Li, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of International Business and Economics.
Alexia Brunet Marks, Associate Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School, University of Colorado Boulder.
Juanjuan Sun, Fellow, Center for Coordination and Innovation of Food Safety Governance, Renmin University of China.
Bhuvanesh Awasthi, Postdoc, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Copenhagen.
Maren Egedorf, Associate Professor, Emergency and Risk Management Program, University College Copenhagen.
Kung-Chung Liu, Professor, School of Law, Singapore Management University and Jianchen Liu, Ph.D. Fellow, Renmin University of China.
Dilini Pathirana, Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo.
Leila Choukroune, Professor, University of Portsmouth Law School.
Sufian Jusoh, Professor, Faculty of Law, National University of Malaysia.
Olubayo Oluduro, Professor, Faculty of law, Adekunle Ajasin University, Nigeria.
Yishin Tang, Assistant Professor and Natali Moreira, Faculty of Law, University of Sao Paulo.
Joanna Jemielniak, Prof. mso, iCourts, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen.
Güneş Ünüvar, Postdoc, iCourts, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen.
Wen Xiang, Assistant Professor, iCourts, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen.


International Conference "China, Sustainable Development and Economic Policy-Making" (pdf)


China Themes (pdf)

Time:    10-11 April 2019

Place:   Auditorium 22.0.11, Building 22, University of Copenhagen, South Campus, Emil Holms Kanal 2, DK-2300 Copenhagen S

Organizer: iCourts, the Danish National Research Foundation's Centre of Excellence for International Courts, The Faculty of Law, with the support of Renmin University of China, Carlsberg Foundation, Dreyers Fond and


Participation in the conference is free of charge and open for all. Please use this registration form no later than 9 April 2019, 12:00.

For any inquiries please contact Joanna Jemielniak, Güneş Ünüvar and Wen Xiang