2022 JCICEL Conference | Session 2: Recent Developments in Competition and Digital Regulation



International commercial and economic law faces a new landscape in terms of technology and the economy. This conference will explore the implications of these developments. It discusses cutting-edge issues in two crucial and related areas: trade and investment, and recent developments in competition and digital regulation. For trade and investment, this event will analyse issues including trade and security, force majeure and investment arbitration, and the implications of RCEP on anti-monopoly enforcement. For recent developments in competition and digital regulation, this conference will discuss the revision of Chinese Antitrust Law and market regulation, the latest developments in digital regulation in Asia Pacific, data protection and trade secrets protection, and competition impact assessment.

Panel 2: Recent Developments in Competition and Digital Regulation
Competition Law & policy are critical for the development of trade and business in the APAC region. This panel discusses recent amendments to Law and digital regulation and focusses also on other areas which are critical to competition.


Deborah Healey is a professor at UNSW Law and a co-director of Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Centre, UNSW Law & Justice. 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.


Co-Director, Herbert Smith Freehills CIBEL Centre, UNSW Law and Justice; Deputy Director, JCICEL

Chenying Zhang joined Tsinghua Law School in 2003. She is the full Professor and Director of the Center 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 Xue (Sophia) Bai has been awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree at UNSW Law in 2021, where she conducted doctrinal research on the ‘Reform of Chinese State-Owned Enterprises: What China can Learn from the Practice of Competitive Neutrality Policy in Australia.’ 

Prior to commencing her PhD degree, Dr Bai was awarded her LLB and LLM degrees in Law at Beijing Jiaotong University. Dr Bai’s current research is in the area of competition law and policy. Her recent co-authored article is published in the International and Comparative Law Quarterly on “China’s SOE Reform: Using WTO Rules to Build a Market Economy”. 

Ge JIANG is an associate professor at Tsinghua Law School. She obtained her LLB and LLM from Wuhan University, China, and her LLM and Ph.D from University of Saarland, Germany. Her interest of research covers many IP law issues, including misappropriation doctrine, employee inventions, platform liability, damages etc. She writes in Chinese, German and English. Some of her articles were published in the most prominent Chinese law journals.

Simin Gao is associate dean and associate professor at the Law School of Tsinghua University, and she got S.J.D from Upenn law school. She is the vice chairman of Bejing Banking Law Association and International Economic Law Association, and a member of Chinese Security law Association, Banking Law Association and Next Generation of International Insolvency Institution. She brings interdisciplinary perspectives to a wide range of emerging issues that encompass bankruptcy law, corporation Law, financial law, law and economic and comparative law. She has authored several publications on Bankruptcy Law, Financial Law and Regulation, which appeared on the law journals in China, U.S. & EU. She received some academic awards including the Gold Medal of International Insolvency Study by the International Insolvency Institution (2017).

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