China's First Ten Years in the WTO - Issues, Challenges, and Prospects

October 5, 2012, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, IN


Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law brings together leading experts on international trade law to review the first ten years of Chinese membership in the WTO.

- Has the Chinese system of market based economy with centralized single party political control proven compatible with the requirements of an open trading system in a globalizing world?
- Has China been able to translate political commitments on paper into effective legal and administrative implementation by the myriad of bodies and authorities it takes to apply WTO law, from customs authorities via food and drug regulators to consumer protection agencies?
- And if there have been problems - either with the Chinese implementation of obligations or with Chinese trading rights and privileges in the other member states - have they been resolved with the use of the institutional dispute settlement procedures provided by the WTO?

PARTICIPATION: You are invited to participate in a stimulating discussion with experts from China, the EU, and the U.S. on October 5 in Indianapolis! At the conference, drafts of the presented papers will be available to participants, and after conclusion of the discussion, final papers will be published in the European Journal of Law Reform and in book format.

Participation is free of charge for students, staff, and faculty of Indiana University. Other participants are requested to pay $50.00, which will include lunch and refreshments, as well as up to 6 credits of Indiana CLE (approval pending).

REGISTRATION: Online registration at:


8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Registration

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks
Prof. Antony Page, J.D., MBA, Vice-Dean, Robert H. McKinney School of Law

9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Compatibility of China's Political and Economic System with WTO Law
- China's State Capitalism and the WTO
Dr. Ming Du, LL.M., Professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong
- Neoliberal Economic Policy and its Discontents: A Look at Chinese Development Policies and their Compatibility in a Multilateral Trading System
Mark L. Shope, J.D., LL.M., Associate at Faegre Baker Daniels, Indianapolis
- Discussion

10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Coffee Break

11:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Rule Based vs. Power Based Trade Relations
- China, the US, and the EU in the WTO - 'The Power and the Glory'or just 'Catch-as-Catch-Can'?
Dr. Frank Emmert, LL.M., John S. Grimes Professor and Director of the Center for International and Comparative Law at IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law and Anna Hakobyan, LL.M., Assistant Professor at Yerevan State University
- The Evolution and Future of the China-EU-Investment Relations
Dr. Marc Bungenberg, LL.M., Professor of Public Law, European Law, Public International and International Economic Law at Siegen University and Visiting Professor at the University of Lausanne
- Discussion

12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Global Equality vs. Regional Preferences
- Regional Trade Agreements - Effects, Significance, and Rank within the Framework of the World Trading System
Dr. Talia Einhorn, Professor at Ariel University Center, Department of Economics and Business Management and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Tel Aviv University Faculty of Management
- China's Investment and Trade in Africa - Neo-Colonialism or Mutual Benefit?
Ying Chen, LL.M., SJD cand. at IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law
- Trade and Investment Between China and Latin America
Dr. Javier Esguevillas, Professor at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos III, Madrid, and Research Fellow at Notre Dame University - Discussion

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Coffee Break

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Dispute Settlement on the National and International Level
- Challenges, Contention and Compliance: China's Role in WTO Dispute Resolution Timothy Webster, J.D., LL.M., Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law
- The Implementation of China's WTO Transparency Commitment and Its Effect on China's Rule of Law: An Empirical Study
Dr. Lu Xiaojie, Professor at Tsinghua University School of Law, Beijing
- Discussion

5:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Closing Remarks
Professors Ming Du and Frank Emmert

5:15 p.m. Reception

Posted 9/22/12