On June 7, STL Distinguished Scholar in Residence Susan Finder attended a roundtable held under the auspices of Oxford Law Faculty’s Chinese Law Discussion Group and the European China Law Studies Association as the keynote speaker.
The organisers of the roundtable, Dr Mimi Zou (Oxford and STL Visiting Professor) and Prof. Vivienne Bath (Sydney), believe that the exchange of different perspectives and knowledge from diverse disciplines is critical for any debate on China’s legal system.
The roundtable, brought together 30 scholars and practitioners from diverse disciplines and from all over England. The participants reflected on major developments in their various areas of research and explored the questions on the role of law in President Xi Jinping’s China and what China’s legal system will look like in the next 10 years or so. There is general consensus that the question of how China’s legal system will change in the next 40 years will capture the attention of many within and beyond the scholarly community worldwide. As such, the overarching objective of the roundtable was to scope out new and forward-looking research agendas in Chinese law and related areas.
In a separate event on June 10, Professor Susan Finder gave a speech at the UK Bar Council’s UK-China Arbitration Summit. The topic of her presentation was China and the Singapore Mediation Convention. She spoke on the drafting of the Convention as an example of China’s participation in the drafting of important international conventions. The workshop in Beijing gave representatives of interested departments a chance to understand the Singapore Mediation Convention, and the challenges that China faces if and when it ratifies the convention.
Professor Susan Finder also spoke at the 5th International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Asia Conference on International Arbitration on June 25. Her speech was focused on arbitration developments in the region.
All three events signal STL faculty’s highly proactive role in helping shape the international arena’s perspective on contemporary Chinese law.