China’s Proposal of a Multilateral Investment Treaty: A Long Road Ahead (20 October 2017)
Asian Institute of International Financial Law
Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong
China’s Proposal of a Multilateral Investment Treaty:
A Long Road Ahead
PhD Student, Faculty of Law, HKU
Friday, 20 October 2017
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Room 723, 7/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower
The University of Hong Kong
As an emerging capital exporter, China is now calling for a multilateral investment treaty. Throughout history, there have been many attempts to establish multilateral investment rules, notably the OECD draft MAI in the late 1990s. However, this is the first time that China proposes a multilateral investment treaty negotiation. This seminar explored the reasons why China proposes a multilateral investment treaty and discuss several potential platforms for China to achieve a multilateral investment treaty, including the G20 summit, China’s investment treaty negotiations, the Energy Charter Treaty, and the “One Belt, One Road” initiative. This seminar will conclude that China’s proposal of a multilateral investment treaty still has a long way to go.
Junqing Chao is currently a PhD student at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong. Her research interests focus on international economic law, particularly international investment law and the law of the World Trade Organization. She has presented her work at the University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Sciences Po law school and University of Bern. This seminar is based on her conference paper, which was presented at the World Trade Institute of University of Bern in June 2017. She will work at the World Bank as an intern for six months.