28 November 2017

Jemielniak and Xiang obtain Dreyer Foundation Grant

Joanna Jemielniak (iCourts) and Wen Xiang (CORA) obtained a 150.000 DKK Dreyer Foundation Grant for two projects on China in International Economic Law (international conference and special seminar). Other partners and co-founders for the projects are: ThinkChina.dk, Renmin University of China, iCourts and CORA.

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “China in International Economic Dispute Resolution” will take place on January 17-18, 2018.

Following the period of expeditious growth of Chinese economy in the 1990s and early 2000s, the country has secured a steady position as a global superpower. This acceleration of trade and investment exchanges has naturally brought increase of relevant disputes, which often involve European parties. Despite the following period of economic slowdown, China has succeeded to develop, often highly sophisticated, policies and strategies for economic dispute resolution, shifting from a recipient to a designer of rules and mechanisms at a variety of international and regional fora.  

The conference seeks to capture these legal phenomena in their economic, political and cultural context. It will explore the role of China in international trade, investment, energy-related and commercial cases. It will also examine the design and predicted impact of such initiatives, as One Belt One Road and the planned EU-China Bilateral Investment Treaty. In the field of commercial disputes, recent decision of July 11, 2017 to allow international arbitration bodies for access to all parts of China (and not only Shanghai Free Trade Zone) marks a major change in state policy, to be also commented upon.

To this end, the conference will bring together leading scholars from People’s Republic of China, SAR Hong Kong, Europe, Australia and the United States to ensure highest quality of legal input and diversity of perspectives.

SPECIAL SEMINAR “China in International Economic Law: New Horizons” will take place on January 19, 2018.

The event is a highly focused, public seminar with top international experts, commenting on most recent developments regarding China in international economic law. Discussed topics will include the Belt and Road initiative, involvement of China in new trade and investment agreements, new developments in arbitration and the policies indicated at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in October 2017. The seminar will take a form of a moderated roundtable discussion, with distinguished speakers addressing a series of key questions.

The special seminar will bring together globally renowned academics and practitioners. It will be of particular interest for professional, legal and business audiences.