The Faculty of Law of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (‘CUHK Law’) has been awarded a major research grant from the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Programme (2018-2021) managed by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency which implements programmes and activities on behalf of the European Commission. The Faculty has also joined the Jean Monnet Network’s ‘EUCROSS’ (‘The European Union at the Crossroads of Global Order’) to investigate the challenges and opportunities that the European Union (‘EU’) and its main international partners face in times when our conventional understanding of the global order is put into question and multilateralism is ‘contested’.
CUHK Law Team comprises members including Professor Julien Chaisse, Professor Yan Xu, Professor Jyh-An Lee, Professor Sandra Marco Colino, Mr. Denis Edwards, Ms. Rachel Xu Qian, Ms. Kehinde Olaoye, Ms. Flavia Marisi and Mr. Dini Sejko.
EUCROSS aims to bring international and interdisciplinary expertise together and to conduct research on the inter-relationship of the EU and its key international partners with a specific focus on the opportunities and challenges that these partnerships face in the context of an international system that is increasingly seen as being ‘out of order’ (Foreign Affairs 2017).
For these reasons, EUCROSS focuses on two central themes: (i) the EU’s strategic re-orientation in global affairs – including the new emphasis on ‘principled pragmatism’ and ‘resilience’ in its 2016 Global Strategy – and its enduring support for a rules-based and cooperative international order; and (ii) the specific challenges and opportunities for the EU to foster bilateral and multilateral cooperation with its main international partners, i.e. the United States and Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS), while duly taking into account the latter’s recent actions and changes in strategic direction. More specifically, EUCROSS will investigate these two themes through the lense of the following five policy areas: trade, sustainable development, migration, counter-terrorism and human rights.
Upcoming Conference in June 2018
CUHK Law and the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies will co-organise the first international conference of EUCROSS entitled “The EU and its Partners in Global Governance: Trade, Investment, Tax and Sustainable Development” in Hong Kong on 14-15 June 2018 to investigate how the EU can seek new partnerships to implement these critical objectives. Details will be announced on the CUHK Law website (www.law.cuhk.edu.hk).