This Friday I will be taking part in the ‘2nd Kobe Seminar on International Investment Law: Asian Challenges to International Investment Law: Viewing from Internal and Comparative Perspectives’, at the Faculty of Law of Kobe University, in Kobe (Japan). My presentation is entitled ‘Transparency in ICSID Arbitration: Lessons from the Last Decade’. You can access the full programme here.
This Monday the European Union Academic Programme Macao will be hosting the ‘2016 EU Centres Asia Pacific Researcher Workshop’. The event will take place at the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau. I will be presenting a paper titled ‘The Future of Investment Arbitration: Waves of Change in the Atlantic and the Pacific?’
My article ‘Law and Language in Timor-Leste: Bridging the Divide’ has just been published in the journal Contemporary Southeast Asia (vol. 37, no. 3, 2015, pp. 381-405). Here is the abstract:
As in other post-conflict states, the international community has been actively promoting the implementation of the rule of law in Timor-Leste. The justice system remains the weakest branch of Timor-Leste’s governance architecture. The effectiveness of the justice system is hampered by the fact that laws and proceedings are not always translated into languages understood by all court actors. Timor-Leste has a long history of multilingualism, with at least sixteen language varieties being spoken in the country. Both Tetum and Portuguese are official languages, with Portuguese being predominantly used in the courts, even though less than 10 per cent of the population is fluent in the idiom. The post-colonial legacy was one of two separate legal systems — the formal legal system and the traditional system — operating in parallel. More than a decade after independence, the former continues to have only a peripheral presence in the lives of most East Timorese. This gap between the language of the people and the language of the courts heightens the challenges to nation- and state-building in Timor-Leste. The purpose of this article is to examine the current language policy in Timor-Leste and discuss possible avenues for strengthening the formal justice system in a multilingual environment.
On 16 December 2015 the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau will be hosting the International Conference ‘Consumer Policy in China: New Trends and Challenges’. The conference features speakers from Macau, mainland China, Hong Kong, and the United States of America, and addresses topics ranging from the development of Consumer Law in China to Sustainable Development, Product Safety, and Intellectual property Rights. This conference is part of the research project Consumer Policy in China: Protecting the Citizens, Strengthening the Domestic Market and Building an Ecological Civilization’ (Research Project funded by the University of Macau, Project Reference MYRG2015-00219-FLL).
You can download the full programme here.