Cutting-Edge Research on the Legal Dimensions of China’s Belt and Road Initiative at the CUHK

The Belt and Road Initiative is a monumental development strategy launched by China’s President Xi Jinping in 2013. The Initiative has since been a topic of broad discussion at all levels. Although its tremendous significance for local, regional and global developments has been widely acknowledged, the discourse on the opportunities and challenges of the Initiative for the legal profession is only starting to emerge.

At the Chinese University of Hong Kong (“CUHK”), the Faculty of Law and the University’s Global China Research Programme have partnered to embark on a major research project that explores the legal and policy aspects of the Initiative. Joining hands with a distinguished team of internationally leading experts, seven CUHK Faculty of Law professors (Professors Jyh-An LEE, Michelle MIAO, Gonzalo VILLALTA PUIG, Lutz-Christian WOLFF, Chao XI, Yan XU and Mimi ZOU) have collectively engaged in an intellectual joint venture that leads to a recent milestone publication with Wolters Kluwer entitled Legal Dimensions of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. One of the first English-language volumes on this topic, this edited volume discusses many open questions from the legal point of view to establish a framework for policy initiatives and legislative projects. It also serves as a theoretical basis for future research, and offers practical up-to-date guidance on the current status of the Belt and Road Initiative. For details about the book, please refer to www.law.cuhk.edu.hk/OBOR_Book.

The volume has recently been launched at a CPD-point-bearing international conference on Legal Aspects of China’s Belt and Road Initiative, taking place at the Law Faculty’s Graduate Law Centre at the Central on 5 November 2016. The conference was featured by a keynote address delivered by Dr. Markus Ederer, State Secretary, Federal Foreign Office, Germany, on “China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Context”. It attracted leading overseas and local academics, practitioners and officials to engage in thematic discussion sessions that looked into selected legal issues pertaining to the Belt and Road Initiative, including investment law, trade law, financial law, tax law, intellectual property law, labour law, national economic security and legal education. Further details about the conference are obtainable from www.law.cuhk.edu.hk/OBOR.

Having laid a solid foundation for research on the legal dimensions of the Initiative, the team at CUHK looks forward to opportunities to work with members of the legal profession in Hong Kong and beyond to take their research further forward.

Co-Convenors of the Global China Research Programme: Prof. Fanny M. Cheung, CUHK Pro-Vice-Chancellor (2nd on the left) & Prof. Stephen W. K. Chiu (2nd on the right); General Editors and chapter writers for the book “Legal Dimensions of China’s Belt and Road Initiative”: Prof. Lutz-Christian Wolff, Wei Lun Professor of Law (1st on the right) and Prof. Chao Xi (1st on the left), Professor of the CUHK Faculty of Law.

A new book “Legal Dimensions of China’s Belt and Road Initiative” with 9 out of the 24 chapters authored by CUHK Faculty of Law members has been released at the Symposium.

Keynote address “China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Context” by Dr. Markus Ederer, State Secretary, Federal Foreign Office, Germany.

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