New Dynamics in the Post-COVID Context: International Investment Law and Beyond

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The implications of investment law for jurisdictions are broad and significant. This session will approach this important topic from diverse viewpoints in trade and investment, with the major focus of the presentations ranging from investment obligations, competition law and policy and the regulation of digital platforms. Professor Karsten Nowrot, and Kristina Hadzhieva, Lecturer, both from the University of Hamburg, will first consider investment agreements with a focus on China in their presentation, ‘Incorporating investors’ responsibilities in international investment agreements: what China?’ Dr. Mark McLaughlin from Singapore Management University with then address investment obligations in a wider context in his presentation titled ‘Managing state capitalism in Asia: national security, competitive neutrality, and investment obligations.’  Thirdly, Associate Professor Alexandr Svetliccini, University of Macau, will focus on the implications of one investment agreement in his presentation ‘The EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment: Disciplining Competition Law Enforcement in China?’ Finally, Dr Han Wei Lui, Senior Lecturer, Monash University, will explore the concept of digital platform liability in his presentation ‘Cyberspace through trade: the contestation of online platform liability.’


Professor Deborah Healey

Professor Deborah Healey, Professor at UNSW Law & Justice and Co-Director of UNSW Law’s Herbert Smith Freehills CIBEL Centre. She teaches courses in Competition Law at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and a comparative competition law course Global Issues in Cocmpetition Law and Policy (which focuses on jurisdictions including China). She has developed a course in Asian Competition Law which she teaches with other regional experts, and also teaches Australian Consumer Law. Deborah's current research focus is on competition law, particularly the Anti-Monopoly Law of China, but also Singapore and Hong Kong. Deborah is also a well-known sports lawyer, who has developed and teaches in number of sports related commercial courses in the LLM programme, as well as researching and writing in the area.


Dr Han-Wei Liu

Dr Han-Wei Liu is a Senior Lecturer at Monash where he focuses on law and technology and its implications for international economic law and financial regulations. Han-Wei earned his PhD, summa cum laude, from the Graduate Institute, Geneva (IHEID), and law degrees from Columbia Law School and Law Faculty of Oxford University. In addition, Dr. Liu held visiting posts at Harvard and Columbia Law Schools. Han-Wei’s work has appeared in top-rated law journals, such as Harvard International Law Journal, Cornell International Law Journal, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, Columbia Journal of Asian Law, Journal of International Economic Law, International Journal of Law and Information Technology, Melbourne Journal of International Law, Journal of World Trade, Sydney Law Review and UNSW Law Journal. His papers have been cited by the Australia Productivity Commission, Singapore Personal Data Protection Commission, Japan’s Ministry of Finance, and US Congress. 

Professor Karsten Nowrot

Professor Dr. iur. Karsten Nowrot, LL.M. (Indiana) is Professor of Public International Law, European Law and International Economic Law, Director of the Research Institute for Economic Law and Labour Law as well as the current Head of the Department of Law at the School of Socio-Economics of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences at Hamburg University, Germany. He is also an affiliated professor at the Faculty of Law at Hamburg University and serves as Deputy Director of the Master Programme “European and European Legal Studies” at the Institute for European Integration of the Europa-Kolleg in Hamburg. Furthermore, he was, among others, a visiting professor and Global Challenge Visiting Scholar 2015 at Seoul National University School of Law during the summer of 2015 as well as a visiting professor at Kobe University Graduate School of Law in the fall of 2019. 

Dipl. iur. Kristina Hellwig

Dipl. iur. Kristina Hellwig is a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Law at the School of Socio-Economics of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences and the Faculty of law at Hamburg University, Germany. Her primary research interests are public international law and human rights law. Kristina Hellwig received her legal education at the University of Hamburg/Germany and Saarbrücken/Germany. In the year 2016, she has participated in the MIRAI (Mutual Understandings, Intellectual Relations and Academic Exchange Initiative)-Program organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Prior to her position as a researcher, she has gained practical experience in investment law and arbitration working at the law firm Luther on the arbitration team. 

Associate Professor Alexandr Svetlicinii

Alexandr Svetlicinii is Associate Professor of Law at the University of Macau, where he also serves as Programme Coordinator for the Master of International Business Law in English Language. His focus research areas are in in the fields of competition law and international economic law, including dispute settlement. Dr Svetlicinii currently serves as co-director of the South East Europe chapter of the Academic Society for Competition Law (ASCOLA). 

Assistant Professor Mark McLaughlin

Assistant Professor Mark McLaughlin is the Global Visiting Assistant Professor at Singapore Management University and SIDRA. His research focuses on dispute resolution, the Belt and Road Initiative, and international economic law.   Mark has published articles and book chapters on the Chinese approach to investor-state arbitration, the interaction between state-owned enterprises and international investment law, and the legal infrastructure of investor-state mediation. He holds an LL.B. from the University of Glasgow and a Ph.D. from the China University of Political Science and Law, where he was a lecturer in international investment law. Mark was awarded a Chinese Government Scholarship from 2016-2019.