11/2021 SIEL Conversation

The aim of SIEL Conversations is to bring together authors and commentators to give talks that are idea-focused so as to foster learning and inspiration, and provoke conversations that matter. Each SIEL Conversation will last approximately one hour and will include commentary from the speakers, with questions from the public.

Title: International Economic Law by Other Means: Normative implications of Chinese Outbound Investments


The role China plays in the changing ecology of international economic law (IEL) has been a source of great interest to the field. The emerging literature on China’s legal order argues that the novelty of China’s interaction with the existing legal order lies in the way that the country, while not abandoning the traditional IEL tools, such as preferential trade agreements and bilateral investment treaties, crafts alternative regulatory spaces and tools to accommodate its interests. This panel takes additional steps to unveil the features of Chinese approaches to IEL, by examining the legal tools mobilized to govern China’s foreign direct investment in differently positioned but nonetheless greatly impacted economies: Australia, Brazil, India, Nigeria, and Uzbekistan. The panel gathers a diverse group of IEL scholars with work experience in these countries. It focuses on the legal tools used to govern Chinese FDI in these jurisdictions and assesses theorizes on their normative implications for the discipline.


  • Fabio Morosini, Associate Professor, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, School of Law
  • Alisher Umirdinov, Associate Professor, Nagoya University of Economics, Faculty of Business Law
  • Edefe Ojomo, Lecturer, University of Lagos
  • Manu Misra, Postdoctoral Global Fellow, FGV Law School Sao Paulo
  • Vivienne Bath, Professor of Chinese and International Business Law, University of Sydney, Sydney Law School
  • Michelle Ratton Sanchez Badin, Associate Professor, FGV Law School Sao Paulo

Date: The event is scheduled for Thursday 25 November 2021 at the following times and more information can be found below:

  • 8 am Saõ Paulo time
  • 11 am London time
  • 12 am Lagos time
  • 8 pm Tokyo time
  • 10 pm Sydney time.

Registration form: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tWLdh-1NRnaQOw69qir61Q

The event recording will be available shortly after the event.

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