This Friday I will be participating in the ‘Australasian Consumer Law Roundtable 2016’, hosted by the University of Auckland Business School, in beautiful Auckland, New Zealand. My paper is titled ‘International Investment Law and the Protection of Consumer Interests’.
Image: Old Government House, University of Auckland (Wikimedia Commons).
On 6 and 7 December 2016 the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau will be hosting the Second International Conference ‘Consumer Policy in China: New Trends and Challenges’. The conference features speakers from Macau, mainland China, Hong Kong, Australia, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America and includes panels on the following topics:
- Consumers’ Right to Information
- Consumer Policy, Trade and Investment
- Consumer Policy and Dispute Resolution
- Consumer Policy and New Marketplaces
- Internet Domain Name: Consumer Policy on the Digital Market
- Consumer Policy and Competition Law
- Consumer Policy and Healthcare Services
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.
This Tuesday and Wednesday the Chinese University of Hong Kong is hosting the Asia FDI Forum II ‘China’s Three-Prong Investment Strategy: Bilateral, Regional, and Global Tracks’.
The Forum is co-organised by the Faculty of Law of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI). On Wednesday I will be one of the discussants for Session VI-A, on EU-China Bilateral Investment Treaty Prospects. You can read the full programme here.
Call for papers: Second International Conference ‘Consumer Policy in China – New Trends and Challenges’
Faculty of Law of the University of Macau (Macau, China), 6-7 December 2016
DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: 6 NOVEMBER 2016
China’ 12th Five-Year Plan shifted the strategy from export-led growth to one that focuses more on the domestic market. Furthermore, the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China emphasized the importance of moving towards an ecological civilization. The construction of an ecological civilization requires a global effort to improve people’s well-being while guaranteeing the future of the country. This concept balances economic development and environmental protection, putting ecological civilization on an equal footing with the civilizations of politics, economy, society, and culture. These different dimensions relate to diverse societal aspirations and concerns and must be addressed by Chinese policymakers. The second largest economy in the world is now also a true consumer society, raising new problems and challenges. On 16 December 2015 the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau hosted the first conference in this series. The purpose of the second conference is to continue the debate on a wide range of issues in modern-day China that have a direct or indirect impact on consumer protection. The scope of the conference is interdisciplinary and submissions from backgrounds other than Law are especially welcome.
The organizing committee welcomes proposals on any topic relating to consumer policy in China. Subject areas may include, but are not limited to, the following:
a) Access to water and food
b) Product safety
c) Services of General Economic Interest
d) Environmental protection
f) Trade, Investment, and Consumer Protection
g) Healthcare and Patients’ Rights
h) Resolution of Consumer Disputes
Abstracts in English should be no more than 800 words long and contain the name, institutional affiliation and contact details of the author. Abstracts should be sent by 6 November 2016 in Word or PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The organizers have publication plans for the presented papers. The precise format of publication will be discussed during the conference. Therefore, all selected contributions must be original and not published elsewhere. Selected presenters will be required to submit full papers by 31 March 2017.
Fernando Dias Simões (University of Macau)
Paolo Davide Farah (West Virginia University & gLAWcal – Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development, UK)
Julien Chaisse (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Muruga Perumal Ramaswamy (University of Macau)
This conference is part of the research project led by Professor Fernando Dias Simões entitled ‘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 call for papers here.
The 11th Annual General Conference of the European China Law Studies Association will be held at the Faculty of Law of the Roma TRE University, in Rome (Italy) from 22 to 24 September 2016. On Thursday I will be presenting a paper titled ‘The Future of EU-China Investment Dispute Settlement: Issues and Options’.