Conference on the China Australia Free Trade Agreement
On June 17-18, the “Chinese-Australian Economic Law Relations in the post-ChAFTA World” conference was hosted by UNSW Law with support from the UNSW Confucius Institute. Featuring scholarly review, analysis and projections of the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), the two-day conference attracted approximately 70 leading scholars and experts in the field from both Australia and overseas.
Distinguished guests who attended the opening include UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs, and Economic and Commercial Counsellor at the Chinese Consulate-General in Sydney Hongbo Wang. The keynote speech was delivered by the Hon. Andrew Robb AO MP, Special Envoy for Trade and Former Minister of Trade and Investment, and focused on the progress made in bilateral trade and investment, as well as the challenges faced in the past year.
Over the next two days, a total of more than 30 scholars presented at the conference across eight key themes, with lively discussion following each panel during question time with the audience.
The conference also marked the one year anniversary of ChAFTA’s signing and served as the official launch of UNSW Law’s China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) initiative. CIBEL aims to create research strength in the areas of international business and economic law relevant to China in the 21stcentury. The initiative has recruited five top Chinese International Economic Law academics to join UNSW Law to research and teach in the CIBEL area.
The Director and Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute, Laurie Pearcey and Associate Professor Junfang Xi respectively, have both been invited as CIBEL study group members to strengthen cooperation and ties with the Confucius Institute. Both delivered speeches at the conference, with Pearcey speaking about China’s state-owned enterprise reform and Assoc. Prof Xi addressing market access to China for legal services.
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