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International Conference: New International Trade and Investment Rules Between Globalization and Anti-Globalization

International Conference: New International Trade and Investment Rules Between Globalization and Anti-Globalization

The International Conference will feature several panels on the topic of Globalization, with guests from the U.S., the United Kingdom, China, Denmark, Italy, and India. 

This event is presented by The Coalition for Peace and Ethics, The Foundation for Law and International Affairs, The Center for Global Studies, Business and Human Rights Catalyst of the Manchester Business School at Manchester University, and The Penn State University Research and Career Development Network for Law and International Affairs.

Saturday, April 22, 2017 - 9:00am to Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 12:30pm
012 Katz

Day 1: April 22, 2017

Opening Remarks (9:00-9:20am)

Dean James W. Houck
Dean Designate Hari M. Osofsky

Keynote Speech (9:20-9:40am)

            Kenneth McPhail (Associate Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Manchester University)

Panel 1 (9:40-11:40am)

The Convergence and Diversification of the International Trade and Investment Regimes


Yanmei Lin (Associate Professor, Vermont Law School) & Sheng Sun (Vermont Law School): Nation State in International Environmental Governance: a Chinese Perspective in the Context of Regulating International Trade of Illegal Timber Products

Oluwaseun Ajayi (Attorney, U.S. Department of Education): the Panama Convention on Recognition of Arbitral Awards

(Via Skype) Nishi Malhotra (Assistant Professor) & Priya Malhotra (Assistant Professor, Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University): Impact of Antidumping Duties on International Trade

Sheng Chen (Partner, King & Wood Mallesons): On Interim Measure of China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone Arbitration Rules (English Version) and An Analysis of the Development of Cross-border Dispute Resolution in China's Bankruptcy Laws and Regulations

Feng Li (Lecturer, China Foreign Affairs University): Research on FDI Regulation Framework at the Background of “OBOR” Implementation

Moderator: Flora Sapio

Lunch (11:40am-1:20pm)

Panel 2 (1:20-3:20pm)

The Constitutionalization of International Trade and Investment Rules Beyond the State or Among States


Wei Shen (Professor & Dean, Shandong University Law School): After TPP: China’s BIT’s and FDI Law

Flora Sapio (Professor, Australian National University; Board Member, FLIA): Private management and risk mitigation methodologies as the “Unwritten Constitution” in an era of anti-globalization.

Paolo Farah (Professor, West Virginia University): Civil Society and National, Bilateral & Multilateral Instruments towards “Non-Trade Concerns” to Stem the Excesses of Globalization

Bin Li (Professor, Beijing Normal University): Linking Human Rights Norms to International Investment Rules: A Methodological Reflection

Xiaofu li (Postdoctoral Researcher, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics): Legal Service of Chinese Market in New Era.

Moderator: Larry Catá Backer

Coffee Break (3:20-3:35pm)

Panel 3 (3:35-5:35pm)

The Rise of New Societal Orders and Global Supply Chains, Labor and Investment Markets


Larry Catá Backer (Professor, Penn State University): The Privatization of Governance

Nichlas Rowland (Professor, Penn State University) & Matthew Jon Spaniol (Professor, Roskilde University): Futures for China: Results from Pre-conference Scenario Planning Workshop

Shan Gao (SJD Candidate, Penn State Law School):  The FDI policy and socialist modernization

Sean Jorgensen (Attorney & Secretary of FLIA): Global Income Inequality and the Failures of Nationalism: A Case for the Globalization of Labor

Moderator: TBD

Day 2    April 23, 2017

Opening Remarks (9:00-9:10am)

                Wei Shen (Professor & Dean, Shandong University Law School)

Panel 4 (9:10-10:30am)

States and Stakeholders in the Construction of an International Economic Legal Order


Sukru Say (SJD Candidate, Penn State Law School):  Civil Society Organizations’ roles in Promoting the Transparency of International Trade Negotiation

Jianzhi Zeng (Fulbright Visiting Researcher, Cornell University School of Law): Globalization or Anti-globalization: The Right to Regulate in International Investment Law

Aisi Zhang (SJD Candidate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign): New Challenge: The Role of NGOs at the WTO

Moderator: Professor Takis Tridimas (Professor, Penn State University)

Coffee Break (10:30am-10:40am)

Special Session (10:40am-12:20pm)

The New International Trade and Investment Rules: Chinese Perspectives


Paolo Farah: (Professor, West Virginia University): China's “One-Belt One-Road” and Geopolitics in Eurasia: Cooperation in Energy and Infrastructures

Yi liang (Ph.D. Candidate, University of International Business and Economics): The Enforceability of WTO-plus and WTO-extra Provisions in the New Generation of Chinese FTAs

Shiye Wei (Ph.D. Candidate, Peking University)

Mengshuang Sun (Master Candidate, China University of Political Science and Law): Rethinking the International Economic Order and China’s Role

Moderator: Wei Shen (Professor & Dean, Shandong University Law School)

Closing Remarks (12:20-12:30pm)

                Professor Larry Catá Backer

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