Since the establishment of the EU-China Strategic Partnership in 2003, the bilateral relationship between the EU and China has become increasingly comprehensive covering a wide range of economic, political and people-to-people areas of cooperation. EUPLANT focuses on an aspect of the relationship (i.e. the interactions between the Chinese and the European Union (EU) legal and judicial systems) which remains very much understudied even though it has arguably become a prominent area of cooperation in the EU-China Strategic Partnership and given rise to rule of law-based concerns. More particularly, EUPLANT assesses the extent to which legal transplants and enhanced judicial cooperation can lead to an increased regulatory convergence between the Chinese and EU legal frameworks. Against the background of what some regard as a deterioration of rule of law and increased pressures on civil society and the legal profession in China, EUPLANT assesses both the risks and opportunities of judicial and wider legal cooperation.
The EUPLANT focuses on two overarching themes.1. The internationalization of EU Law and EU-China Relations:
2. EU-China Judicial Cooperation:
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