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Globalization and Digitalization: Interconnections Between Taxation, Trade, and Investment

3, 10,17, 24 June and 1 July 2021, 20:00 - 23:00 (Hong Kong Time, UTC+08:00), Online (via Zoom)

During the 20th century changes in the way in which the world held its commercial, financial and business activities forced taxation, trade and investment to reinvent themselves. The quest assumed by all three disciplines was posed on finding a framework for dealing with globalization. More recently, particularly since the beginning of this century, e-commerce and the digitalization of the economy have made the governance of these three fields an even more challenging area.

 

Globalization and digitalization have significantly increased the opportunities for cooperation among countries. At the same time, they have also exacerbated competition among nations for tax bases, trade shares and investment. Taxation, trade, and investment have several specificities that are valuable since they could be translated from one discipline to the other, in order to fix specific incongruities or shed light onto practical circumstances that remain an open issue. At the same time, there also exist many commonalities and interconnections that are worth exploring.

 

Against this backdrop, this workshop series will provide four sessions in which a selected group of participants will discuss about the accepted sources of interpretation in public international law, services trade, the technical issues that concern the minds of experts on each field and the existent judicial discussions, and on the role of tax incentives for investment in the context the digitalization of the economy.

 

The workshop series will close with a final meeting (open for the public), where a high-level panel will dig deeper into the policy implications of the topics discussed throughout the first four sessions.

The Zoom link to join the event will be made available closer to the event date. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

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The Interaction between International Investment, Trade and Special Economic Zones (SEZs)

18 June 2021, 16:00 - 19:00 (Hong Kong Time,UTC+08:00), Online (via Zoom)

TBA

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Investment Arbitration and Anti-Corruption (TBC)

28 May 2021, 20:00 - 23:00 (Hong Kong Time, UTC+08:00), Online (via Zoom)

TBA

New Developments in Private International Law in East Asia

4 & 7 May, 2021, 16:00 - 19:00 (Hong Kong Time,UTC+08:00), Online 

4 May

10.00-11.00 Session I : Legal Systems in China and Japan


Introductions Krista Schefer Nadakavukaren, Vice-director, Institut suisse de droit comparé
Moderator Harald Baum, former Legal Advisor, Institut suisse de droit comparé
Legal system in China
Knut Benjamin Pißler, Professor, Max-Planck-Insitut für ausländisches
und internationales Privatrecht, Hamburg
Legal System in Japan
Béatrice Jaluzot, Director, Institut d’Asie Orientale
Discussion


11.15-12.15 Session II : New Developments of Private International Law
in China and Japan


Introductions Krista Schefer Nadakavukaren, Vice-director, Institut suisse de droit comparé
Moderator Jun Zheng, former Legal Advisor, Institut suisse de droit comparé
New Developments of PIL in China
Jin Huang, Professor, President of China Society of Private International Law,
China University of Political Science and Law
New Developments of PIL in Japan
Yuko Nishitani, Professor of International Private and Business Law
at Kyoto University Graduate School of Law
Discussion

 


10.00-11.00 Session III : Commercial Law Roundtable


Introductions Krista Schefer Nadakavukaren,
Vice-director, Institut suisse de droit comparé
Moderator Fieke van Overbeeke, Director, Internationaal Juridisch Insituut ;
Assistant Professor, University of Antwerpen
Speakers Xiangshun Ding, Professor, Renmin University
Clarisse von Wunschheim, Dr., Partner at Altenburger
Dai Yokomizo, Professor, Nagoya University
Discussion


11.15-12.15 Session IV : Family Law Roundtable
Moderator Fabienne Jault,
Professor, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
Speakers Geraldine Goh Escolar, Dr., First Secretary,
Hague Conference on Private International Law
Weizuo Chen, Professor, Tsinghua University
Mari Nagata, Professor, Osaka University
Discussion

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EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment in Context (Part 2)

29 March 2021, 16:00 - 19:30 (Hong Kong Time,UTC+08:00), Online (via Zoom)

The negotiation of EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment between China and the EU will be a watershed event in global investment treaty practice. Because of the size and importance of the PRC-EU bilateral investment relationship, and because of the leading role both parties have played in the global spread of investment treaties, the issues raised and lessons drawn from the PRC-EU case will have ramifications well beyond China and Europe. However, a number of issues have so far prevented the conclusion of the negotiations.

This webinar aims at providing a comprehensive update on the negotiations, discussing the main stumbling blocks and highlighting the next key steps in the negotiations. This webinar is designed as an online event which is structured around two sessions focusing on the substantive issues of the negotiations and the question of dispute resolution.

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EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment in Context (Part 1)

8 March 2021, 17:00 - 20:00 (Hong Kong Time,UTC+08:00), Online (via Zoom)

The negotiation of EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment between China and the EU will be a watershed event in global investment treaty practice. Because of the size and importance of the PRC-EU bilateral investment relationship, and because of the leading role both parties have played in the global spread of investment treaties, the issues raised and lessons drawn from the PRC-EU case will have ramifications well beyond China and Europe. However, a number of issues have so far prevented the conclusion of the negotiations.

This webinar aims at providing a comprehensive update on the negotiations, discussing the main stumbling blocks and highlighting the next key steps in the negotiations. This webinar is designed as an online event which is structured around two sessions focusing on the substantive issues of the negotiations and the question of dispute resolution.

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RCEP Speed Dating (Round 2)

26 Jan 2021, 21:00 - 23:00 (Hong Kong Time, UTC+08:00), Online (via Zoom)

Round 2 of this virtual event organised by the Asia Pacific FDI Network, World Trade Institute (WTI) and the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS).

The Regional Cooperation Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) was signed on 15 November 2020, after more than 8 years of negotiations. RCEP is led by ASEAN and involves all 10 ASEAN Member States, Australia, China, Japan, Korea and New Zealand.

The organisers invite experts to help us gain an understanding about the content of RCEP.

 

The virtual speed-dating of the different parts of the agreement is meant to offer a short and concise take of what the chapters cover, how ambitious they are, what is new and what potential impacts are.

 

The speed dating’s main audience are trade and investment officials, students, researchers, business organisations and members of the civil society.

A detailed list of topics and speakers can be found in the programme linked below.

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RCEP Speed Dating (Round 1)

19 Jan 2021, 21:00 - 23:00 (Hong Kong Time, UTC+08:00), Online (via Zoom)

Round 1 of this virtual event organised by the Asia Pacific FDI Network, World Trade Institute (WTI) and the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS).

The Regional Cooperation Economic Partnership Agreement (RCEP) was signed on 15 November 2020, after more than 8 years of negotiations. RCEP is led by ASEAN and involves all 10 ASEAN Member States, Australia, China, Japan, Korea and New Zealand.

The organisers invite experts to help us gain an understanding about the content of RCEP.

 

The virtual speed-dating of the different parts of the agreement is meant to offer a short and concise take of what the chapters cover, how ambitious they are, what is new and what potential impacts are.

 

The speed dating’s main audience are trade and investment officials, students, researchers, business organisations and members of the civil society.

A detailed list of topics and speakers can be found in the programme linked below.

Download Calendar Event (ICS)

Further info
RCEP Speed Dating - Programme