2021 JCICEL Conference | Session 1: New Trend of SOEs Rules and Merge Control



International commercial and economic law are undergoing substantial changes. This conference explores the trend of international commercial and economic Law and its implications based on the analysis of representative areas (e.g., state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and investment rules, merge control). To illustrate, what are the major challenges of regulating SOEs? What are the implications of the development of disciplines on SOEs in investment law for the future investment law regime?


Associate Professor Kun Fan, PhD summa cum laude (University of Geneva), LLM (NYU) is an award-winning scholar in the area of international arbitration, mediation and comparative legal studies. She is author of the book Arbitration in China: A Legal and Cultural Analysis(Hart Publishing) and has published extensively on cutting-edge issues in a variety of leading international journals. She was named Norton Rose Fulbright Faculty Scholar in Arbitration & Commercial Law in 2017 and received numerous awards in recognition of her academic contribution.

She also has extensive experience in ADR practice, and has worked as counsel, legal expert, secretary for the arbitration tribunal, arbitrator and domain names panelist in a number of international arbitrations and domain name disputes, and has overseen over a hundred arbitrations administered by the ICC International Court of Arbitration when she worked as a Deputy Counsel. She is called to the New York Bar, an Academic Council Member of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration, a Domain Names Panelist of the HKIAC and the ADNDRC, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an Accredited Mediator of the HKMAAL, and an Arbitrator of a number of arbitration institutions.


Deborah Healey is a Professor at UNSW Law and a Director of the Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law Centre. She is also a member of the Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation. Her research and teaching focus on competition law and policy in Australia, China, Hong Kong and the ASEAN nations and she has written widely on them over a long period of time.

She is a regular visitor to those jurisdictions to research and teach. Within the area of competition law, she is particularly interested in the role of government in the market, both in Australia and internationally; merger regulation; competition in banking and finance; and the digital economy. Deborah has undertaken substantial research in the development of the Anti-Monopoly Law of China against the background of its political economy and has written widely alone and with Chinese co-authors and in material translated into Chinese. She has consulted with, and completed research projects for, UNCTAD, OECD and ASEAN. She is a Non-Government Adviser to the International Competition Network and a member of the Law Council of Australia Competition Law Committee.

Associate Professor Chenying Zhang joined Tsinghua Law School in 2003. She is the Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Competition Law at Tsinghua Law School. Professor Zhang earned her Ph.D. in Law, LL.M., LL.B. and Bachelor of Economics from Peking University. She visited at Harvard Law School as a Fulbright Scholar from 2011 to 2012.
Her main research areas focus on Antitrust, Law and Economics, Corporation, and Bankruptcy. She was appointed as a consultant of the State Competition Commission in China.

Dr Weihuan Zhou is Associate Professor and Director of Research at Faculty of Law and Justice, UNSW Sydney. He publishes in the field of international economic law, particularly the nexus between international trade law and China. His work has appeared in all top journals in the field and in some of the best journals in the broader field of international law. His publications are cited widely, including in European Parliament briefings and reports of the Parliament of Australia and Australia’s Productivity Commission. Currently, he is co-Secretary of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL). Prior to UNSW law, he was a trade and commercial lawyer and a legal consultant at the WTO.

Dr Lu Wang is a Lecturer at UNSW Law & Justice and a member of the Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Centre. Her primary area of research interest is international and comparative economic law, with a particular focus on international investment law, international arbitration, State-owned enterprises (SOEs) and Chinese regulation of foreign trade and investment.

She has published on cutting-edge issues in international economic law with leading international academic publishers and served as co-guest editor to the ICSID Review (published by Oxford University Press) Special Focus Issue on SOE and International Investment Law. Before joining UNSW Law & Justice, Lu worked as legal intern at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) of the World Bank Group and the Department of Treaty and Law of MOFCOM. She was also a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge. Currently, Lu serves as an Affiliated Expert of the Asia-Pacific FDI Network and works closely with international organisations and key actors involved in the field of foreign direct investment (FDI). She holds two PhDs from the University of Liverpool in the UK and Xi’an Jiaotong University in China.


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