Changes in International Economic Law: Digitalisation, sustainability and beyond
International investment law is facing many new issues, ranging from investment law and sustainable development (e.g., renewable energy, environment governance) to cultural heritage issues in investment arbitration. Such new landscape concerns factors including regulatory stability and development, public interest, and different paradigms of different regimes. These are considerable challenges faced by investors, governments, NGOs and other stakeholders. They will profoundly affect governance, regulation and the practice concerning investment and related areas.
This event will explore a number of crucial but under-explored issues, including the following ones:
How to conceptualise investment in international law through the legal framework?
How to address the fragmentation between international investment and environmental regimes and the dilemma where states face conflicting obligations?
How should regulatory stability be addressed in dispute settlement in the contexts such as renewable energy transition?
How to deal with interfacing and possible collision between international investment law and international cultural heritage law?
Professor Heng WangModerator
Professor Heng Wang is a co-director of UNSW Law & Justice's Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Centre, the largest centre in this field outside China. He is also a co-director of the Tsinghua-UNSW Joint Research Centre for International Commercial and Economic Law (JCICEL). He explores the future of international economic relationship, including digital currency and sustainable development. Heng is a recipient of major grants and awards. He has advised or spoken at events organized by international organizations and institutions (e.g., APEC, BIS, HCC, ICC, IMF, UNCITRAL, WTO), and the private sector.
Dr Dominik MoskvanPanellist
Dominik Moskvan is an Affiliated Researcher in the Business & Law Research Group at the Faculty of Law of the University of Antwerp and a Legal Expert at the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Faculty of Law of the University of Antwerp (Dehousse Fellowship) and he also holds Juris Utrisque Doctor degree in European Union law from the Charles University, LL.M. in International Business Law from Tilburg University (Tilburg University Merit Scholarship Awardee), and Master’s degree in law from Masaryk University. During the course of his doctoral studies he was a visiting researcher at the University of Oslo and Peking University. Dominik gained further experience working in various legal roles at the European Commission’s Legal Service, the International Monetary Fund, the Energy Charter Secretariat, and the Czech National Bank. His research interests lie in the areas of International and European economic and financial law.
Dr Ying ZhuPanellist
Ying Zhu is an assistant professor at Renmin University of China Law School, and serves as Deputy Secretary-General of the Institute of International Commercial Dispute Prevention and Settlement at Renmin University of China. She earned LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees from Yale Law School. Her academic interests include international investment law and environmental law. She has published articles on Harvard International Law Journal, New York University Journal of International Law and Politics, Natural Resources Journal and Nordic Journal of Commercial Law.
Mr Swargodeep SarkarPanellist
Swargodeep Sarkar studied Law at the University of Calcutta and obtained his LL.M. in International Law from the Tamil Nadu Dr Ambedkar Law University, Chennai. He is currently pursuing a PhD in international arbitration from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. His doctoral studies are fully funded by the Ministry of Education, Government of India. His research areas are public international law, international investment law, international commercial arbitration, and working of international courts and tribunals. He has been selected to attend the prestigious the Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague, Netherlands, and Arbitration Academy, Paris, France. Recently his works have been published in leading Journals in International Law, such as Cornell International Law Journal Online, International Arbitration Law Review, Liverpool Law Review, and Foreign Trade Review. He is also a member of the Asian Society of International Law.
Dr Chen YuPanellist
Dr Chen Yu received her PhD degree from McGill University and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at NUS Faculty of Law. Her research interests include international investment and trade law, international adjudication, international relations and energy law. Her research has been published in various peer-reviewed journals, including ICSID Review, the Journal of International Dispute Settlement, the Journal of World Investment and Trade and Asia Pacific Law Review. Her monograph, titled "Dispute Settlement and the Reform of International Investment Law: Legalization Through Adjudication" will be published with Edward Elgar.