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Reshaping the Global Economic Governance: Opportunities and Challenges for the Asia-Pacific Region

21 – 23 November 2023
10.00am – 4.10pm AEDT
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Global economic governance typically refers to the institutional, policy and regulatory framework established by governments to facilitate and manage their interaction and engagement in global economic activities. As the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a pressing need for governments to closely examine not only their own economic systems but also the global economic governance in light of the many new contexts and global challenges. International cooperation and communication is more critical than ever, with much of the collective effort increasingly focused on the Asia-Pacific region.  

Join the CIBEL Centre's Global Network Conference, Reshaping the Global Economic Governance: Opportunities and Challenges for the Asia-Pacific Region, featuring a keynote address by John W.H. Denton AO, Secretary-General of the International Chamber of Commerce, four panels discussing emerging economic instruments and agreements, de-coupling to de-risking, industrial policy for a green transition, and regulatory challenges and cooperative opportunities in the digital transformation, and a young scholars workshop. 

Find out more about the conference's program, speakers and abstracts

John W.H. Denton AO

John W.H. Denton AO

Secretary General of International Chamber of Commerce

John W.H. Denton AO is the Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). He is a global business leader and international advisor on policy and a legal expert on international trade and investment.
In 2022, John was appointed by United Nations Secretary General to represent the global private sector on the newly formed Steering Committee of the UN Global Crisis Response Group on Food, Energy and Finance.
This year, John was appointed by the WTO Director General to represent ICC at the WTO Business Advisory Board group. He also currently serves on the WHO Foundation Strategic Advisory Group and the Global Task Force on Refugee Labour Mobility.
John is a Board member of the UN Global Compact and was appointed Chair of the UN Business and Human Security Initiative advisory board in February 2023.
John is a founding member of the Business 20 (B20), Co-founder of the Australia–China CEO Roundtable and Patron of UNHCR in Australia.
He serves on the Board of IFM Global Investors, a leading institutional investment manager, and is Chair of the Moeller Institute Advisory Board at the University of Cambridge.
He additionally serves on the Boards of the UN Development Programme’s Impact Investing Steering Group and UNICEF’s global education initiative, GenU, and he is a member of the Advisory Board of the African Green Infrastructure Investment Bank (AfGIIB) and the G7 Working Group on Impact Investment.
A former diplomat, John co-led the Australian Government’s 2012 White Paper on “Australia in the Asian Century” and previously chaired the APEC Finance and Economics Working Group.
Prior to joining ICC, he served for two decades as Partner and CEO of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Australia’s leading independent law firm.
In 2015, John was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his services to the business community, the arts and the rights of refugees, including as a founder of Human Rights Watch (Australia) and Teach for Australia.

CIBEL GNC 2023 - Speakers - Panel 1

Emerging Economic Instruments and Agreements: Towards Cooperation or Fragmentation, or Geopolitical Frictions?

Panel 1

Mr Simon Lester (Founder and President, China Trade Monitor)
The U.S. Shift from Enforceable Trade Liberalizing Agreements to Coordinating Investment: Short-Term Experiment or Permanent New Paradigm?

Assistant Professor Stefanie Schacherer (Singapore Management University)
Agile Governance and Regulatory Cooperation under Free Trade Agreements

Associate Professor Wei Yin (Southwest University of Political Science and Law)
Rethinking Investment Incentives and International Subsidies Disciplines

Associate Professor Alexandr Svetlicinii (University of Macau)
The Unsettled Governance of the Dual Use Goods in International Economic Law: What Use for Security Exceptions?

Chair: Professor Lisa Toohey (University of Newcastle)

CIBEL GNC 2023 - Speakers - Panel 2

From De-coupling to De-risking: Implications and The Way Forward

Panel 2

Professor James Nedumpara (Head, Centre for Trade and Investment Law, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT))
Inclusive and Resilient Supply Chains and the Place of NonTrade and Sustainability Concerns

Professor Jaemin Lee (Seoul National University)
Time for De-fogging: Realigning 'National Security' in International Economic Regime

Professor Yuka Fukunaga (Waseda University)
How to Define and Respond to Economic Coercion.

Professor Jingxia Shi (Renmin University of China)
To Decouple or to De-risk? A Perspective from the Trade Rules

Chair: Professor Henry Gao (Singapore Management University)

CIBEL GNC 2023 - Speakers - Panel 3

Industrial Policy for A Green Transition: Confronting Competition and Disruptions

Panel 3

Assistant Professor Mandy Meng Fang (City University of Hong
Revisiting Green Industrial Policy in an Era of Disruption

Professor Bryan Mercurio (Simon F.S. Li Professor of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong)
The Impact of Green Industrial Policy

Professor James Laurenceson (Director, Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI), University of Technology Sydney)
The inadequacies of a geopolitical frame in promoting resilient critical minerals supply chains

Associate Professor Michelle Lim (Singapore Management University)
A Bridge Over Troubled Waters? Can and Should Environmental and Economic Law Come Together to Realise the Aspirations of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework?

Chair: Associate Professor Weihuan Zhou (Co-Director of China International Business & Economic Law (CIBEL) Centre, UNSW Law & Justice)

CIBEL GNC 2023 - Speakers - Panel 4

Regulatory Challenges and Cooperative Opportunities in the Digital Transformation

Panel 4

Professor Deborah Healey (Co-Director of China International Business & Economic Law (CIBEL) Centre, UNSW Law & Justice)
Digital market power: issues and some solutions

Ms Shailja Singh (International Trade Lawyer and Policy Advisor, Centre for WTO Studies, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade) and Ms Monika Monika (Legal Consultant, Centre for WTO Studies and Centre for Research in International Trade, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade)
Decoding the Digital Trade Rules on Source Code Access - An Asia-Pacific Perspective

Professor Heng Wang (Singapore Management University)
How to handle uncertainties in digital transformation? Case study of central bank digital currency

Dr Marta Soprana (Fellow, London School of Economics and
Political Science)
Digital Economy Agreements as a Vehicle for AI governance

Chair: Dr Anton Didenko (Member of CIBEL Centre, UNSW Law & Justice)

CIBEL GNC 2023 - Speakers - Young Scholars Workshop

Young Scholars Workshop

Ms Pallavi Arora (Legal Consultant, Centre for WTO Studies, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade)
Common Concern of Humankind and The Dissemination of Technology: The Case for Tax Breaks

Dr Xinyue Li (Associate Researcher, East China University of Political Science and Law)
Pluralistic Reconciliation or Relative Politicization: Emerging Energy Security in International Trade Law Through Quantizing Geoeconomic

Dr Xiaomeng Qu (Post-doc researcher, Southwest University of Political Science and Law)
Digital Trade Governance in Asia-Pacific Region

Ms Yi Tang (PhD Candidate, University of Hong Kong)
Responding to Global Health Crisis: Opportunities and Challenges for Reforming General Public Policy Exceptions in Asia-Pacific IIAs

Commentator: Professor Michelle Ratton Sanchez Badin (São Paulo Law School of Fundacao Getulio Vargas, Brazil)

Chair: Associate Professor Kun Fan (Member of CIBEL Centre, UNSW Law & Justice)