About Us

UNSW Law & Justice’s Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Centre is the largest centre in this field outside China. It is a long term strategic initiative to further develop research strength in the areas of international business and economic law of relevance to China in the twenty-first century.

In 2018, Herbert Smith Freehills, one of the world’s leading law firms, came on board as the major sponsor of CIBEL. As a leading global law firm with deep expertise in international economic law and understanding of China’s dynamic business environment, corporate culture and regulatory and political landscape, Herbert Smith Freehills is the perfect partner for this initiative.

The Herbert Smith Freehills CIBEL Centre has recruited nine top Chinese international economic law (IEL) academics to join UNSW Law & Justice to research and teach in the CIBEL area. This makes CIBEL a leader in teaching, offering many courses on various aspects of Chinese international business law. Through the core group of IEL academics and other CIBEL participants’ work, the Herbert Smith Freehills CIBEL Centre seeks to advance understanding and debate on Chinese IEL through wide-ranging research programs, publications and ongoing education initiatives. Reflecting its location at UNSW in Sydney Australia, the Herbert Smith Freehills CIBEL Centre also teaches about CIBEL matters directly relevant to the Australia-China international economic law relationship.

Events organised by the Herbert Smith Freehills CIBEL Centre include workshops, seminars, conferences, roundtables and keynote addresses.

Email: cibel@unsw.edu.au


Research Areas and Expertise 

Chinese, Australian and Global Perspectives of and approaches to:

  • International Economic Law
  • International and Comparative Law
  • International Investment Law
  • International Trade Law
  • International Dispute Settlement
  • International Financial and Monetary Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Private International Law
  • Comparative Competition Law
  • Chinese International Business Law
  • Chinese Corporate and Securities Law


Annual Reports

CIBEL Annual Report 2020 (PDF)

CIBEL Annual Report 2019 (PDF)



Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is licensed to operate as a foreign law firm in China by the Ministry of Justice. Under Ministry of Justice regulations, foreign law firms in China are permitted, amongst other things, to provide consultancy services on non-Chinese law and on international conventions and practices, and to provide information on the impact of the Chinese legal environment. Under the same regulations, foreign law firms in China are not permitted to conduct Chinese legal affairs, including rendering legal opinions upon Chinese law. The contents of this website do not constitute an opinion upon Chinese law.