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Conference - University of Macau - 16 December 2015

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On December 16, 2015, gLAWcal in partnership with University of Macau, Faculty of Law (China) organized an International Conference on “Consumer Policy in China: New Trends and Challenges”. This conference is part of the research project entitled ‘Consumer Policy in China: Protecting the Citizens, Strengthening the Domestic Market and Building an Ecological Civilization’ (Research Project funded by the University of Macau, Project Reference MYRG2015-00219-FLL).

The pdf program can be found here: Conference Program – University of Macau – 16 December 2015 – Consumer Policy in China: New Trends and Challenges

International Conference
Consumer Policy in China: New Trends and Challenges

16 December 2015
Faculty of Law of the University of Macau (Building E32), Room G020

PROGRAMME

8:30 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 09:15 Welcome and opening remarks

John Shijian Mo, Dean and Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Macau
Fernando Dias Simões, Faculty of Law, University of Macau

09:15 – 10:45 Session I: Consumer Policy in China: Setting the Scene
Chair: Augusto Teixeira Garcia, Associate Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Macau

Chinese Consumer Policy and the Development of an Ecological Civilization – Fernando Dias Simões, Faculty of Law, University of Macau

Construction of Consumer Law in Transitional China – Jia Yao, Institute of Law, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 13:00 Session II: Consumer Policy and Sustainable Development
Chair: Rostam J. Neuwirth, Faculty of Law, University of Macau

Consumer Policy: Trade and Investment Rules as Competition Policy – Danny Friedmann and Julien Chaisse, Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Global Governance of Food Security and Consumer Protection in the Light of Principles of Sustainable Development – Paolo Davide Farah, West Virginia University (United States of America) & gLAWcal – Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development (United Kingdom)

Consumer Protection and Environmental Governance in China – Bryan Druzin, Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 Session III: Consumer Policy and Product Safety
Chair: Guangjian Tu, Faculty of Law, University of Macau

Chinese rules on Product Safety from the Perspective of EU Law and the International Cooperation –Mateja Durovic, School of Law, City University of Hong Kong

Off-label Prescription in China: What can Chinese Consumers expect from the Law? – Vera Lúcia Raposo, Faculty of Law, University of Macau

16:00 – 16:15 Coffee Break
16:15 – 17:45 Session IV: Consumer Policy and Intellectual Property Rights
Chair: Sten I. Verhoeven, Faculty of Law, University of Macau

Intellectual Property Rights and the Rise of a Consumer Society – James M. Cooper, California Western School of Law, San Diego (United States of America)

Issues of Counterfeit Drugs in China: Patient’s Right as Consumers – Jerry I-H Hsiao, Faculty of Law, University of Macau

17:45 – 18:00 Closing remarks
Organizing Committee

Fernando Dias Simões (University of Macau)
Paolo Davide Farah (West Virginia University & gLAWcal – Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development)
Julien Chaisse (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

This conference is part of the research project led by Professor Fernando Dias Simões entitled ‘Consumer Policy in China: Protecting the Citizens, Strengthening the Domestic Market and Building an Ecological Civilization’ (Research Project funded by the University of Macau, Project Reference MYRG2015-00219-FLL).

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Paolo Davide Farah, “OPEC Production Quotas and the World Trade Organization”, Scholarly Workshop held at the Institute of International Economic Law – IIEL of Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC, January 30, 2015.

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Paolo Davide Farah, “The Recent WTO Case Law on Subsidies to Renewable Energy”, Paper Presentation at the International Conference “The Reform of International Economic Governance” organized by the Research Project “International Law and the New Governance after the Economic Crisis” and the Department of Public International Law, University of Granada, Spain, 9-10 October 2014

The pdf program of the conference can be downloaded here: Conference Program – The Reform of the International Economic Governance – University of Granada, 9-10 October 2014

‘THE REFORM OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC GOVERNANCE’

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

University of Granada, 9-10 October 2014

Organized by the Research Project

“International Law and the New Governance after the Economic Crisis”

and the

Department of Public International Law

1) The reform of the financial architecture, October 9, 2014

9:00 h. Opening Address.
9:15 h. Professor Rosa M. Lastra, Queen Mary University of London: “Do we need a world financial organisation?”.
10:30 h. Coffee Break.
10:50 h. – Matthias Goldman, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law: “The Diverging Rationalities of Public Finance and Law: Towards a Deliberative Approach in Monetary, Debt, and Banking Regulation”.
– Nizan Geslevich Packin, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, City University New York: “Supersize Them? Large Banks, Taxpayers and the Subsidies that Lay Between”.
12:00 h. Professor Charles Goodhart, London School of Economics: “A critical evaluation of Bail-in as a Bank Recapitalisation Mechanism”.
13:30 h. Lunch Break.
16:00 h. Professor Kern Alexander, University of Zurich & Member of the European Parliament’s Expert Committee on Financial Services: “Stability and Sustainability in International Banking Regulation”.
17:15 h. Coffee Break.
17:35 h. – David Zaring, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania: “A Paradigm of Global Financial Regulation”.
– Vassilis Paliouras, University of Technology, Sydney School of Law: “State of Necessity and Sovereign Insolvency”.
– Mika Viljanen, University of Turku: “Where is banking regulation made after the crisis?”.
– Manga Kuoh, Former Staff IMF and WB, and Counselor, “Globalization and Financial Architecture Reform: An African Perspective”.

2) The reform of the trading regime, October 10, 2014

9:00 h. Professor Friedl Weiss, University of Vienna: “The WTO – A Suitable Case for Treatment. Is it ‘reformable’?”.
10:15 h. Coffee Break.
10:35 h. – Valentina Vadi, Lancaster University: “A History of Success? Judicial Governance and Proportionality in International Economic Law”.
– Catharine Titi, Université Panthéon-Assas Paris II : “Reform of international economic governance: economic crises, sovereign debt restructurings and the shifting landscape of international investment law”.
– Carolina Palma, University of Costa Rica: “The role of WTO, FAO and OECD in addressing food security: a case of multilevel governance”.
12:00 h. Coffee Break.
12:20 h. – Paolo Farah, West Virginia University: “The Recent WTO Case Law on Subsidies to Renewable Energy”
– Jenya Grigorova, University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne: “The international trading regime and the regulation of trade in energy resources. Is reform necessary and is a new Energy Agreement within the WTO framework the way to go?”.
13:30 h. Lunch Break.
16:00 h. Professor Andrew Lang, London School of Economics: “The Space for Reform”.
17:15 h. Coffee Break.
17:35 h. – Chios Carmody, University of Western Ontario: “On Interdependence: the WTO and the Made in the World (MIWI) Initiative”.
– Gregory Messenger, University of Oxford: “Reforming the Law and Institutions of the WTO: the Dangers of Unexpected Consequences”.
18:30 h. Closing Address.

The pdf program of the conference can be downloaded here: Conference Program – The Reform of the International Economic Governance – University of Granada, 9-10 October 2014

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Paolo Davide Farah, “Eurasian Economic Community and the WTO”, Paper to be presented at European Society of International Law (ESIL) International Legal Theory Interest Group’s Conference “The Approaches of Liberal and Illiberal Governments to International Law. A Conference Marking 25 Years from the Collapse of Communist Regimes in Central and Eastern Europe”, University of Tartu, Tallinn, Estonia, 12-13 June 2014

To download the Full Programme: European Society of International Law – Conference University of Tartu, Tallin, 12-13 JUNE 2014

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Paolo Davide Farah, “Shale Gas in China: A Comparison With Unconventional Fuel Development in the United States: Health, Water and Environmental Risks”, Paper presented at the Workshop on “Legal Risk Management in International Economic Law”, ACIL – Global TranSAXion , Amsterdam University, Faculty of Law, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 6th December 2013

 

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“Energy Trade and the WTO: Implications for Renewable Energy and the OPEC Cartel” (with Elena Cima), JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC LAW, Georgetown University Law Center, published by OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, Volume 16 (3), September 2013, ISSN 1369-3034, pp. 707-740.  Social Science Citation Index – SSCI – Impact factor: 0.985 ; 5-Yr impact factor: 0.837.

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2330416

http://jiel.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/09/02/jiel.jgt024.abstract#xref-corresp-2-1

Abstract:

Energy has become increasingly important in international trade relations. However, the World Trade Organization (WTO) does not deal specifically with this sector, and this creates several problems when it comes to regulating trade in energy goods and services. The situation is further complicated, on the one hand, by the need to foster the diffusion of renewable energy to address the current environmental concerns and, on the other, by the total and overwhelming control exercised by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) over the oil market.
It is true that, recently, the WTO has shown an increasingly open approach towards environmental issues. However, free trade is still the backbone of the Organization and trade liberalization its main goal. This explains why the WTO Panel and Appellate Body are still reluctant to justify measures adopted to support the renewable energy sector that may conflict with international trade law.
Different might be the case with fossil fuels, the main competitor of renewable energy. OPEC exploits several strategies to control oil prices, which, at least in theory, clash with international trade rules. However, whatever the reason, such practices have never been challenged in front of the WTO. The way WTO provisions are interpreted and applied by the Panel and the Appellate Body when environmental concerns are involved can be used as a starting point to forecast a hypothetical judgment in case OPEC’s practices were eventually challenged.

Keywords:  WTO, International law, Trade, OPEC, Energy, Environment, Subsidies

JEL Classification: K33, K32, F02, H23, L95, L50, L55, N70, N75, Q20, Q28, Q30, Q32, Q38, Q40, Q48

Accepted Paper Series 

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Presenter, “Towards an International Legal Framework for Energy: the OPEC and the World Trade Organization”, Paper presented at the International Law Association Annual Conference, ILA Hellenic Regional Conference 2013, “Imperium Iuris: Governance, Trade, Resources”, Cape Sounion, Athens, Greece 29-31 August 2013, 31st August 2013

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