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Normative Readings of the Belt and Road Initiative: Road to New Paradigms

Shan, Wenhua
Nuotio, Kimmo
Zhang, Kangle

978 3 319 78017 7
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114.99 EUR

Publication date:
11 June 2018

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This timely book offers revealing insights into the changing role of China in world governance as exemplified by the Silk Road Initiative, the People's Republic's first published major initiative for external affairs.

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This timely book offers revealing insights into the changing role of China in world governance as exemplified by the Silk Road Initiative, the People's Republic's first published major initiative for external affairs. Focusing on various aspects of the Silk Road Initiative, particularly those that are largely neglected in current discussions, including culture and philosophy, finance and investment, environmental protection and social responsibility, judiciary and lawyers, the authors explore a wide range of contexts in which China's role as an emerging power in international relations and international law is examined. In the current era of ever-increasing populism, protectionism and challenges to globalization, the authors explore the Chinese philosophy underpinning Chinese norms of regional and international development. Bearing in mind the political and economic uncertainties hampering the establishment of such norms, the authors offer crucial insights into how the Silk Road Initiative could or should be developed and regulated.Given its depth of coverage, the book is an indispensable read for anyone interested in the Initiative and its social-legal implications.

Table of contents: 

Wenhua Shan, Introduction.- Guilherme Vasconcelos Vilaca, Strengthening the Cultural and Normative Foundations of the Belt and Road Initiative: The Co-lombo Plan, Yan Xuetong and Chinese Ancient Thought.- Nicholas Morris, Developing A Sustainable Legal System for the Belt and Road Initiative.- An-astas Vangeli, The Normative Foundations of the Belt and Road Initiative: Shared Destiny, Sovereignty, State-led Economics, Connectivity and Flexibil-ity.- Chi He, The Belt and Road Initiative as Global Public Good: Implications for International Law.- Kangle Zhang, A Tale of Ending Poverty: The new financial institutions and China's global strategy.- Daniele Brombal, Planning for a sustainable Belt and Road Initiative (BRI): An appraisal of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) environmental and social safeguards.- Shu Zhang, Developing China's Investor-State Arbitration Clause: Discussions in the context of the Belt and Road Initiative.- Desheng Hu, Jun Ou, Xueyue Hu, On the Environmental Responsibility of Chinese Enterprises for Their FDIs in Countries within the Belt and Road Initiative.- Yongping Xiao, Meng Yu, Some Suggestions for Improving the International Credibility of the Chinese Judiciary: A Focus on the BRI.- Tommi Yu, China's Belt and Road Initiative - What's in it for Law firms and Lawyers?.- Kimmo Nuotio, Epilogue.


Wenhua Shan Graduated as a PhD from Trinity College, University of Cambridge, Professor Wenhua Shan is currently Yangtze River Chair Professor of International Economic Law (by Ministry of Education, China) and the founding Dean of the School of Law and founding Director of the Silk Road Institute for International and Comparative Law (SRIICL) at Xi'an Jiaotong University, PR China; and Senior Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge, UK. His research area is international and comparative law, particularly investment and trade laws. He has published 10 books by English and Chinese publishers including Oxford University Press (OUP) and numerous articles in journals such the European Journal of International Law and American Journal of Comparative Law. Kimmo Nuotio Kimmo Nuotio is Professor of Criminal Law at Faculty of Law at University of Helsinki. He was the Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute from 2000 to 2001, and the visiting researcher at Max Planck Institute for Foreign and Comparative Criminal Law. Kimmo Nuotio serves as the chair of board of the Finnish Center of Chinese Law and Chinese Legal Culture, and the chair of board of the Alexander Institute for Russian Studies. Kimmo Nuotio has a variety of international articles published, mainly dealing with criminal law theory, and is growing his interest in China-related researches. Kangle ZhangKangle Zhang is a doctoral researcher at Faculty of Law, and research fellow at Erik Castren Institute of International Law and Human Rights. Kangle's research project looks at credit rating agencies in financial system, and is interested in ideology's conception of public/private distinction, and its role in financial system and regulatory regimes. Other areas of interest include, law and development, (international) environment law, critical theories, and China-related issues through the lens of law and development. Kangle is currently part of the book project on Normative Readings of China's New Silk Road Initiative. Kangle Zhang teaches Reading International Law, a methodological seminar on critical reading and writing skills, and Regulatory Regimes of International Economic Law, an introductory course, at the Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki.




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