Bi-annual Conference of Nordic Centre

北欧中心双年会

Belt & Road Initiative, Sustainable Development and Law:

一带一路,可持续 发展和法律:

Sino-Nordic Perspectives
中国-北欧视角


Fudan University, Shanghai

复旦大学

OCT 29-30, 2018

2018年10月29-30日

Five years ago, China launched its new development strategy, the Belt Road Initiative (BRI). BRI presents a new vision for a broad international cooperation encompassing about 70 countries along two main trading routes: the ancient land-based Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. The undertaking of BRI presents new legal challenges and opportunities for China and the Nordic countries as they look to increase their cooperation in coming decades, especially as it takes place alongside the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will encounter various interests from the Nordic region, some of them common to all five states, others particular to one or several.
五年前,中国提出了建设“一带一路”的战略构想。“一带一路”提出与两条主要贸易路线沿线的70多个国家国际合作的全新视野和格局:“新丝绸之路经济带”和“21世纪海上丝绸之路”。“一带一路”的提出对中国和北欧各国带来了新的法律挑战,因为在《2030年可持续发展议程》的背景下,双方合作在未来几十年呈现日益增长的趋势。因此“一带一路”引起北欧地区的多方关注,有的内容符合北欧五国的共同利益,有的可能只涉及特定某一个或某几个国家。

The Nordic countries are becoming involved in the BRI cooperation in a multitude of ways, and regional and global institutions have an effect on the Nordic-China relations under the BRI. The conference shall identify legal challenges, opportunities and solutions related to the BRI through a sustainable development lens in its three inter-related fields: economic development, environmental protection, and social justice. The goal is to explore ways for rule of law-based governance on sustainability in national, regional and global contexts. The dialogue in this conference shall stimulate further understanding and exchange among policy-makers, legislators, legal scholars and practitioners in the Nordic countries and China.

Initiated by the University of Oslo, the 2018 Bi-annual Conference of the Nordic Centre is co-organized with three Nordic institutions (the University of Oslo in Norway, the Lund University in Sweden, and the University of Reykjavik in Iceland) and two Chinese Law Schools, at Fudan University and Tsinghua University. The two-day conference shall focus on issues of BRI in the following four parts within a sustainable development framework: (1) legal and sustainability significance of the BRI; (2) national, regional and global dimensions; (3) specific fields of law and sustainability; and (4) practitioners´ legal perspectives: projects and cases.

The conference language is English. Selected papers of the conference will be published in English.

Time schedule for draft paper:

Sep. 15th, 2018: Draft paper for conference (5,000 to 10,000 words)

Contact persons:

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Maria Lundberg

University of Oslo, a.m.c.lundberg@nchr.uio.no

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Magnus Jorem

Nordic Center, magnus@nordiccentre.net

Bi-Annual Conference of Nordic Centre

 

Belt & Road Initiative, Sustainable Development and Law:

China-Nordic Perspectives.

Fudan University, Shanghai

29-30 October 2018

 

 

28 October 2018

18.00 -19.00 Crowne Fudan Plaza Hotel, 19th floor, Chancellor’s Club:      Registration and reception     

 

29 October 2018

Welcome and Introduction by Organizers

09.30-10.30                                                     Chair Maria Lundberg, University of Oslo             

Dean Zhiqiang Wang, Law School of Fudan University

Dean Dag Michalsen, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo

Representative of Nordic Centre, Fudan University

           

PART I: The Legal and Sustainability Significance of the Belt Road Initiative (BRI)

 

10:30-12:20                                                     Chair: Marina Svensson, Lund University

Baihua Gong, Fudan University

BRI Projects and the principles of “extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits”

Beate Sjåfjell, University of Oslo

The Belt Road Initiative: Challenges and possibilities for sustainable market actors and responsible trade

Yong Zhou, Nordic-China Institute of Law

Institutionalizing an Integrated Normative Basis of Sustainable Governance under BRI

Maria Lundberg, University of Oslo

Belt Road Initiative and Sustainable Climate Governance

 

12.20-13.30 Lunch


 

PART II: National, Regional and Global Dimensions

13:30-14:55                                         Chair: Ole-Kristian Fauchald University of Oslo

 

Yundong Chen, Yunnan University

Economic cooperation under BRI and legal challenges

Alla Pozdnakova, University of Oslo

Shipping on the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and legal challenges for the marine environmental protection: discussion in light of the Arctic Council experiences

 

14:55 -15.15 Coffee/Tea        

 

15.15 -  16.45                          Chair: Ellen Eftestøl-Wilhelmsson, University of Helsinki

Zhongfa Ma, Fudan University

Legal Issues on Sustainable Development in the Countries along the Belt and Road

Abhinayan Basu Bal and Trisha Rajput, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Can the Belt and Road Initiative Promote Sustainable Financing for Small and Medium Enterprises? A Critical Legal Analysis of Selected Supply Chains in the Nordic Region

 

Dinner: 19.00 - 21.00

 

30 October 2018

PART III: Fields of Law and Sustainability

9.30 - 10.55                                                     Chair: Yundong Chen, Yunnan University

Ole-Kristian Fauchald, University of Oslo

Legal Perspectives on Environmental Assessments of Trade Agreements

Ellen Eftestøl-Wilhelmsson and Emilie Yliheljö, University of Helsinki

Organizing sustainable business – the role of emission information

Wei Yin, Southwest University of Political Science and Law

Integrating the Sustainable Development Goals into the Belt Road Initiative: Would it be a new model for green sustainable investment?

 

10.55 - 11.15 Coffee/Tea

11.15 - 12.15                                                   Chair: Lu Zhi’an, Fudan University

 

Pia Rudolfsson Goyer,  Lawyer/Investment advisor Ahead for Business  

Sustainable Investing and the Emergence of National Laws Governing Corporate Reporting and Due Diligence

 

Jukka Mähönen, University of Oslo

The Nordic extension and financing of the Belt Road Initiative: It is not the AIIB only – How sustainable Nordic public and private market actors participate the BRI.

 

 12.15 - 13.30 Lunch

 

13.30 - 14.45                                                               Chair: Lu Zhi’an, Fudan University

Harriet Lonka and Susanna Wähä, University of Eastern Finland

Legal Requirements For Cross Boarder Infrastructure Projects In The Finnish Context - Example Helsinki-Tallinn Tunnel

Roger Greatrex, Lund University

The Role of Overseas Land-based Investments in the context of the BRI in China’s New Mode of International Relations

 

14.45 - 15.00 Coffee/Tea

 

Concluding Round Table

15.00 - 16.30                                                   Chair: Maria Lundberg & Beate Sjåfjell

Summarizing perspectives, legal challenges and proposals for follow up and cooperation in this field.

 

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