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China and Global Governance Workshop and Future of Chinese Foreign Policy Roundtable

27 February 2018

Time: 3:00 - 7:30pm
Venue: Chatham House, 10 St James's Square, St James', London SW1Y 4LE

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CEILA Chatham House Maastricht University logosThe Centre for European and International Legal Affairs at Queen Mary University of London and the Department of International and European Law at Maastricht University invite you to an international workshop on:

‘China and Global Governance: Between the International Rule of Law and the International Rule of Power’ 

The international workshop will be followed by a roundtable on:

Roundtable on the Future of Chinese Foreign Policy: Implications for International Law?’ (co-hosted with Chatham House)

The (re-)emergence of China as a major international power has raised the question whether China will retain the status quo which has enabled its rise or become a revisionist power (Johnston 2003; Kagan 2009; Jacques 2012; Shambaugh 2013). Attempts to discern whether China intends to confirm, adjust, or overthrow the post-World War II rules based order have become even more relevant in a context where China has openly expressed an ambition to increase its discursive power and has started acting on it since 2014. This panel aims to analyse how China shapes the institutional and normative foundations of the international order as well as its ability to provide global public goods. It analyses the multifaceted approaches that characterize China’s engagement with international law and international politics in the specific areas of global security and economic, as well as cross-strait relations. This interdisciplinary panel combines the expertise of scholars working in the fields of International Law and International Relations who all share an interest in understanding China’s role in global governance.

Agenda for the Workshop

Agenda for the Workshop

15.00-15.10: Welcome by Dr. Matthieu Burnay and Dr. Wim Muller

15.10-15.30: Forewords by Dr. Jerome A. Cohen, Professor of Law, New-York University
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15.30-17.30: Panel 1

Chair: Dr Saskia Hufnagel, Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law, Queen Mary University of London

China and Global Governance: Towards a Low-Cost Global Legal Order?
By Dr Matthieu Burnay, Lecturer in Global Law, Queen Mary University of London

Doctrinal Implications for International Law
By Dr Wim Muller, Assistant Professor in Public International Law, Maastricht University

China: Towards a New Understanding of Global Justice
by Ms Marta Hermez, Junior Researcher at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KU Leuven

China’s Approach to Global Security Governance: A Symbiosis of Law and Power in the Cyberspace
by Dr Li Bin, Professor of International Law, Beijing Normal University

17.30-18.00: Coffee Break

Agenda for the Roundtable

18.00-19.30: Roundtable on the Future of Chinese Foreign Policy: Which Impact on International Law?

Chair: Dr. Wim Muller, Assistant Professor in Public International Law, Maastricht University


  • Dr Li Bin, Professor of Public International Law, Beijing Normal University
  • Mr Roderic Wye, Associate Fellow, Chatham House
  • Ms Harriet Moynihan, Associate Fellow, Chatham House
  • Dr Malcolm Jorgensen, Research Fellow, Kolleg-Forschergruppe Berlin Potsdam Research Group.

View the full Workshop and roundtable programme [PDF 329KB]


For directions to the venue, please refer to the map.

How to book

These events are free but prior booking is required. Register online via Eventbrite.

PLEASE NOTE: Please specify what part of the day you will be attending by specifying 'workshop ticket' or 'roundtable ticket'. If you will be attending both, please select that option to register.


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