Bi-annual Conference of Nordic Centre


Belt & Road Initiative, Sustainable Development and Law:

一带一路,可持续 发展和法律:

Sino-Nordic Perspectives

Fudan University, Shanghai


OCT 29-30, 2018


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.

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:


Maria Lundberg

University of Oslo,


Magnus Jorem

Nordic Center,

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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