Pearl River Delta Law

Summer Law Institute in China


During the next week I will be teaching at the Summer Law Institute in China – Executive Education Training Program, hosted by the Beijing Foreign Studies University  and organized by gLAWcal – Global Law Initiatives For Sustainable Development in partnership with universities from around the world. I will be delivering a seminar titled ‘Nudging the Dragon – Environmental Policymaking and Behaviour Change in China’ and a short course on ‘Investment Arbitration and Environmental Policymaking’. You can follow the activities of the Summer Law Institute here.






New article: Institutional Culture in International Arbitration


My latest article, titled ‘Institutional Culture in International Arbitration’, has just been published in the Australasian Dispute Resolution Journal, 27(3) pp. 188-197.

Here is the abstract: Arbitral institutions play a major role in the continuous growth and success of international arbitration. Every arbitral institution has its own culture – a particular way of doing things that distinguishes it from others. This article discusses the concept of “institutional culture” and examines three different elements that contribute decisively to the culture of arbitral institutions: location and legal culture, background of arbitrators, and the language of arbitration. In order to succeed in the highly competitive market of international arbitration, arbitral institutions need to be transparent and flexible so as to accommodate a diversity of cultural and legal backgrounds and expectations.


You can download the table of contents here.

In Press: The Erosion of the Concept of Public Service in Water Concessions: Evidence from Investor-State Arbitration

The Regulation of the Global Water Services Market, edited by Julien Chaisse (Chinese University of Hong Kong) is a book forthcoming later this year with Cambridge University Press.  The book offers a holistic legal analysis of the water services regulation, provides a comprehensive critical review of investment tribunals awards dealing with water services issues, and offers a detailed analysis of the hard law and soft law that apply to water services. My contribution is titled ‘The Erosion of the Concept of Public Service in Water Concessions: Evidence from Investor-State Arbitration’. The book should be in stores in November 2016.

In press: Regulating Judges – Beyond Independence and Accountability

Regulating Judges – Beyond Independence and Accountability (edited by Richard Devlin, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University and Adam Dodek, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa, forthcoming later this year with Edward Elgar Publishing) presents a novel approach to judicial studies, going beyond the traditional clash of judicial independence versus judicial accountability. The book invites scholars from 19 jurisdictions around the world to describe and critique diverse regulatory regimes. My contribution, focused on the Portuguese case, is titled ‘The Portuguese Judiciary Amid Old and New Crises’. The book should be in stores in December 2016.
Image: Parliament Hill, Ottawa

Asia WTO Research Network


I am honoured to have been accepted as a member of the Asia WTO Research Network (AWRN). The AWRN is a group of scholars and experts interested in WTO/international economic law or policy from jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific region. Currently, the AWRN covers 17 jurisdictions. I am delighted that Macau is now one of them.





Picture: AWRN


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