Tuesday, September 21, 2021

European China Law Studies Association 15th Annual Conference 24-26 September



The 15th Annual Conference of the European China Law Studies Association will be taking place this coming 24-26 September.  It is offered in hybrid form this year and hosted by the Polish Research Center for Law and Economy of China, the University of Warsaw and its  School of Law and Economy of China. Great thanks to the University of Warsaw's Piotr Grzebyk, dr hab., Vice Dean for Legal Research and International Cooperation who was instrumental in making this possible.

ECLS 2021 Conference takes the form of a hybrid event that combines a “live” in-person meeting with a “virtual” online component (ZOOM platform). The venue for in-person participants is the Collegium Iuridicum II building (Faculty of Law and Administration University of Warsaw) at Lipowa 4 street in Warsaw. ECLS Warsaw conference is financially supported by Centrum Analiz Legislacyjnych i Gospodarczych within Poland’s Ministry of Education and Science programme named “Doskonała Nauka”. 

Many very interesting presentations on topics that will have a wide impact beyond China.  My own presentation (Sunday 26 September 15:10-16:40 GMT+2 Warsaw) is drawn from my book, Hong Kong Between 'One Country' and 'Two Systems' (Little Sire Press, 2021) and considers the way that Hong Kong provided a site for the further development of a post-global theory of fractured sovereignty, one that distinguishes between ultimate territorial sovereignty (the conceptual integrity of the state) and operational sovereignty (the sources of authority for and the standards under which a sub-sovereign territory's administration may be managed, controlled and organized).  The development of this idea represents an interesting innovation of constitutional internationalism and suggests ways in which globalization has made porous not just borders but systems for the administration of territories. Chinese responses to this challenge suggest an alternative and much more conventionally traditional approach to the issues posed by 'automous regions'.

The program follows below.


September 24th 2021 (Friday)

8:00-8:40 GMT+2 Warsaw (GMT +8 Hong Kong, GMT+10 Sydney)

Opening Ceremony

Tomasz Giaro, Dean of the Faculty of Law and Administration
Alojzy Nowak, Rector of the University of Warsaw (TBC)
Piotr Grzebyk, Head of the Polish Research Centre for Law and Economy of China Björn Ahl, President of the European China Law Studies Association

8:50-10:20 GMT+2 Warsaw

China’s new structure of Party and State

  1. Sarah Biddulph (Melbourne Law School, Asian Law Centre, The University of Melbourne) Democratic centralism and administration in China

  2. Ewan Smith (Christ Church, Oxford. Oxford University China Centre) The Party and the Rules

  3. Zhiyuan Guo (China University of Political Science and Law) Anti-corruption Mechanisms in Post-Supervision Law Era of China

  4. Xiaohong Yu & Zhaoyang Sun (Tsinghua University, Department of Political Science) The Company They Keep -

    When and Why Chinese Judges Engage in Collegiality

10:30-12:00 GMT+2 Warsaw

Blockchain, big data & artificial intelligence in China

  1. Zhiqiong June Wang (Western Sydney University) Government as a Platform: The Case of Health QR Code in China

  2. Miao Han (KoGuan Law School, Shanghai Jiao Tong University) More Principles-Based Regulation in the FinTech Era: Opportunities and Challenges

  3. Cheng Bian (Erasmus School of Law Erasmus University Rotterdam) Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Big Data-Based Sectors in China: What Role Does International Investment Law Play?
    8. Wei Pei (Beihang University Beijing) Seizure of Device in Digital Criminal Investigation

12:10-13:40 GMT+2 Warsaw

Developments in Chinese Constitutionalism and Chinese positions on international law

  1. Ryan Mitchell (The Chinese University of Hong Kong) Thinking with Carl Schmitt in China During the Nanjing Decade and Today

  2. Lucas Brang (University of Cologne) Lawyering for a Half-Sovereign State: A Sociology of International Legal Knowledge in Republican China

  3. Qianhong Qin & Lu Da (School of Law Wuhan University) Weak-form Constitutionality Review in China

15:10-16:40 GMT+2 Warsaw

The Law and Governance of China’s Smart State

  1. Rogier Creemers (Leiden University) Introduction

  2. Straton Papagianneas (Leiden University) Smart Justice in the New Era: the Intelligent Court system in the People’s Republic of China

  3. Adam Knight (Leiden University) China’s ‘Social Credit Law’: Technology, Morality and Governance in the Smart State

  4. Rogier Creemers (Leiden University) China’s Cybersecurity Regime: Securing the Smart State

16:50-18:20 GMT+2 Warsaw

China’s impact on the international rule of law

  1. Matthieu Burnay (Queen Mary University London) & Eva Pils (King’s College London) China and ‘authoritarian international law’: a critical discussion

  2. Ming Du (Durham Law School) The Future of China and the Liberal International Economic Order

  3. Alexandra Kaiser (Friedrich-Alexander-University) The impact of “human rights with Chinese characteristics” on international standards of the right to a fair trial

  4. Eva Pils (King’s College London) The Chinese Party-State‘s global reach and the problem of complicity with autocratisation

18:30-20:00 GMT+2 Warsaw

China’s Social Credit Systems: Vehicles for enforcement and legal limitations

  1. Lu Yu & Björn Ahl (University of Cologne) China’s Evolving Data Protection Law and the Financial Credit Information System: Court Practice and Suggestions for Legislative Reform

  2. Haixu Yu (University of Cologne) The Tax Credit System: A Model for Other Subsystems of China’s Social Credit System?

  3. Marianne von Blomberg (University of Cologne, Zhejiang University) & Haixu Yu (University of Cologne) China’s Social Credit System as Reputational Regulation Regime

September 25th 2021 (Saturday)

8:50-10:20 GMT+2 Warsaw

Legal aspects of the Belt and Road Initiative

  1. Ziyu Liu (The University of Hong Kong) & Chi Zhang (University of Glasgow) One Belt, One Road, Two Routes Regulation: How Host Countries Interact with Chinese Firms in FDI Regulation?

  2. Ronald C. Brown (University of Hawaii, Law School) China’s BRI in Central Eastern European countries: “17+1” connectivity, divisiveness, or pathway to ER-China FTA?

  3. Jakub Jakóbowski (Warsaw School of Economics) Chinese-funded infrastructural projects in the context of EU regulations on state aid and public procurement: the case of 17+1 platform members

  4. Siqi Zhao (KU Leuven) Cultural Diversity and Trade Liberalization: Experience from Chinese Regional Trade Agreements and Belt and Road Initiative

10:30-12:00 GMT+2 Warsaw

Margins of Criminal Justice – Systemic Choice and Individual Assessment

  1. YuMou(SchoolofLaw,SOAS,UniversityofLondon)AccountabilityforaLifetime:TheProsecutorialAccountability Reform in China

  2. GeorgGesk(SchoolofLawUniversityofOsnabrück)&WangYuling(AttorneyatLaw,PuXianLawOffice,Beijing)

    How to Convince a Justice System? On Theory and Practice of Criminal Procedure in China

  3. Daniel Sprick (University of Cologne) Predictive Policing in China’s Criminal Justice Campaigns

  4. Xiong Qi (School of Law Wuhan University) “Media Adjudication” in Chinese Criminal Justice and its Dogmatic

    Analysis in Material Criminal Law

12:10-13:40 GMT+2 Warsaw

Methodological approaches to Chinese law

  1. Chao Xi (Faculty of Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong) Data-driven Approach to Studying Chinese Corporate Law and Governance: Corporate Boards as a Case Study

  2. Michele Mannoni (Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, University of Verona) On the universality of the concept of RIGHTS: a corpus-based metaphor view

  3. Ye Meng (University of Tübingen) Female Lawyers in China’s Patriarchal Authoritarianism: An Intersectional Analysis

  4. Yaohui Ying (Wuhan University) China and International Cyber Warfare in the Light of the Chinese Approach to the Jus ad Bellum in International Law

15:10-16:40 GMT+2 Warsaw

Book presentations

Book: Charity with Chinese Characteristics. Chinese Charitable Foundations between State and Society EE 2020 35. Katja Levy (Manchester China Institute, University of Manchester) & Knut Benjamin Pissler (Max Planck Institute

for Comparative and International Private Law Hamburg; University of Göttingen)

The New Development of Chinese Criminal Justice

Book: Principles of Chinese Criminal Procedure, Hart 2021
36. Liling Yue (China University of Political Science and Law) & Hans-Joerg Albrecht (Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law, Freiburg)

16:50-18:20 GMT+2 Warsaw

Book presentation

Book: The Construction of Guilt in China: An Empirical Account of Routine Chinese Injustice, Hart 2020 37. Yu Mou (School of Law, SOAS, University of London)
38. Eva Pils (King’s College London)
39. Georg Gesk (Universität Osnabrück)

40. Daniel Sprick (University of Cologne)
41. Alexandra Kaiser (Friedrich-Alexander-University)

18:30-20:00 GMT+2 Warsaw


  1. Wen Xiang (Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen) Regulation of Privacy and Data Protection in Managing the COVID-19 in China

  2. Sara D’Attoma (University of Verona, Ca’ Foscari International College) “Stay (Un)safe at Home”: Legal Response to Domestic Violence During the Covid-19 Pandemic in China

  3. Jing Wang (School of Law University of Strathclyde) Frustration of Package Holiday Contracts Caused by COVID-19

 September 26th 2021 (Sunday)

8:50-10:20 GMT+2 Warsaw

Disputes resolutions, arbitration and conflict of laws

  1. Monika Prusinowska (China-EU School of Law CUPL) Current Developments in the Area of Dispute Resolution in China: Decoding Their Meaning for Foreign Investors

  2. Le Ma (East China University of Political Science and Law) Anti-Suit Injunction over SEPs Dispute: Recent Cases in China

  3. Matteo Vaccaro-Incisa (Carnelutti Law Firm) China and the reform of international investment arbitration: table- mate, chef, or host?

  4. Vadim Filimonov (Renmin University of China, Law School International) Railway Bill of Lading under Chinese International Private Law

10:30-12:00 GMT+2 Warsaw

New developments in labour law and legislation protecting privacy and human dignity

  1. Weidong Zhang (Leiden University) Testing the impact of labour regulation on self-employment: Evidence from the BRICS countries

  2. Raymond Yang Gao (Australian National University) Personal Information Protection under Chinese Civil Code

  3. Simona Novaretti (School of Law, University of Turin) You Were an Embryonic Dragon, Temporarily Nurtured in the Belly of a Bitch”. Surrogacy in China: Tradition, Ideology, Gender, and the Law

12:10-13:40 GMT+2 Warsaw

New Actors and Dynamics in Transnational Law: Moving Borders and Changing Concepts of Borders, Demos and Territory

  1. Larry Catà Backer (Penn State Law) Conceptualizing the Emerging Structures of Transnational Governance in the Age of Sovereignty — The Hong Kong SAR 2019-2020

  2. (paper withdrawn)

  3. Dini Sejko (Chinese University of Hong Kong) Investment Screening Mechanisms as guardians of economic sovereignty

  4. Joel Slawotsky (IDC Hezilya) US-China Hegemonic Rivalry’s Impact on the Emerging Architecture

15:10-16:40 GMT+2 Warsaw

Young Scholar’s Format

  1. Wenzhang Zhou (Zhejiang University; New York University) The Spectacle of the Rule of Law in Chinese Society? An Investigation of 100 Chinese Cities from 2015 to 2018

  2. Weiyuan Gao (Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies KU Leuven) Sustainable Development Provisions of China’s Bilateral Investment Treaties under the Belt and Road Initiative

  3. Wojciech Panek & Sylwia Giza (University of Silesia) 隐私 (Yinsi) and the right to privacy

16:50-18:20 GMT+2 Warsaw

Young Scholar’s Format

  1. Marialuciana Di Santi (La Sapienza University) The use of 4.0 technology to counteract the Covid-19 pandemic from China to Europe: similarities, differences and challenges for the future

  2. MariaKieslich,(UniversitätHamburg)TheimpactofthenewGeneralPartoftheCivilLawonSocialOrganisations in the PRC

  3. Albert Trofimov (Faculty of Law St. Petersburg State University) History aspects of Chinese budgetary legislation development

Contact the organizer: p.grzebyk@wpia.uw.edu.pl

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