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International conference ‘Consumer Policy in a Comparative Perspective’

Consumer Policy conference

On 29 and 30 June 2017 the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau will be hosting the International Conference ‘Consumer Policy in a Comparative Perspective: New Challenges in Chinese, European, and International Law’. The conference features speakers from Macau, mainland China, Hong Kong, Korea, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Germany, and the United Kingdom and includes panels on the following topics:

  • Consumer Policy and Access to Information
  • Food Safety and Product Liability
  • Consumer Policy and Online Markets
  • Consumer Policy and Intellectual Property Rights
  • Trade and Investment Policies and Consumer Protection
  • Consumer Policy and Dispute Resolution

This conference is jointly organized by the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau, the European Society of International Law Interest Group on International Environmental Law, the American Society of International Law Intellectual Property Law Interest Group, and gLAWcal – Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development.

You can download the full programme here. To register, please send an email to denisel@umac.mo.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: International Conference ‘Consumer Policy in a Comparative Perspective: New Challenges in Chinese, European, and International Law’

Call for papers Macau

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 May 2017

 

The Theme

 

On 21 November 2013 China and the European Union launched negotiations for a comprehensive EU-China Investment Agreement. China is the EU’s second trading partner and the EU is China’s biggest trading partner. The agreement aims at progressive liberalisation of investment and the elimination of restrictions for investors to each other’s market, providing a more secure legal framework to investors of both sides. The European Union is a single market economy populated by approximately 500 million high-income consumers and a qualified labour force. On the other hand, Chinese policy over the last years has shifted from an export-led growth model to one that focuses more on the domestic market, with the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China emphasizing 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. While the European Union is a well-established market economy with a high level of consumer protection, China is rapidly turning into a fully-fledged consumer society, raising new problems and challenges. In 2015 and 2016 the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau hosted two conferences on Consumer Policy in China. This third conference continues the debate on a wide range of issues that have a direct or indirect impact on consumer protection. The goal is to promote a discussion about how to strike a proper balance between economic development and consumer protection in modern-day China. The on-going negotiations for a comprehensive EU-China Investment Agreement provide an eloquent example of how consumer policy is deeply intertwined with varied fields of Law and impacted by national and international legal frameworks. Consumer policy thus requires a holistic approach that balances trade and investment promotion policies with the protection of societal concerns such as the safeguard of consumer interests and environmental protection.

Topics

 

The organizing committee welcomes proposals on any topic relating to the general theme. The scope of the conference is interdisciplinary and submissions from backgrounds other than Law are especially welcome. Subject areas may include, but are not limited to, the following:

a) International, European, and Chinese law and consumer protection

b) UN Guidelines for Consumer Protection and how those Guidelines have influenced national legislations in different parts of the world, namely China

c) Contemporary Issues of consumer protection in China, Europe, and worldwide

d) How consumer policy in China has aligned with international and European standards

e) Asian perspective on consumer protection and consumer rights

f) Access to water and food

g) Product safety

h) Services of general economic interest

i) Environmental protection

j) E-commerce

k) Trade, investment, and consumer protection

l) Resolution of consumer disputes

 

Submission Guidelines

 

Abstracts in English should be no more than 800 words long and contain the name, institutional affiliation and contact details of the author. A copy of the author’s CV, including a list of relevant publications, should also be attached. Submission should be sent by 15 May 2017 in Word or PDF format to fernandodsimoes@umac.mo and pdfarah@mail.wvu.edu.

 

Publication

 

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. Some funding will be available to defray the expenses with transportation and accommodation of participants subject to the presentation of a final full paper by 31 September 2017.

 

Organizing Committee

 

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)

 

This conference is jointly organized by the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau, the European Society of International Law (ESIL) Interest Group on “International Environmental Law”, and gLAWcal – Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development (United Kingdom). The 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).

 

                                  

 

 

Second International Conference ‘Consumer Policy in China: New Trends and Challenges’

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Brilliant kick-off to the Second International Conference ‘Consumer Policy in China: New Trends and Challenges’ with Professor Geraint Howells’ keynote speech.

Second International Conference ‘Consumer Policy in China: New Trends and Challenges’

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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.

Call for papers: Second International Conference ‘Consumer Policy in China – New Trends and Challenges’

UMAC

Faculty of Law of the University of Macau (Macau, China), 6-7 December 2016

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: 6 NOVEMBER 2016

The Theme

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.

Topics

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

e) E-commerce

f) Trade, Investment, and Consumer Protection

g) Healthcare and Patients’ Rights

h) Resolution of Consumer Disputes

 

Submission Guidelines

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 consumerpolicychina@gmail.com.

 

Publication

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.

 

Organizing Committee

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.