The COVID-19 pandemic brings enormous challenges and uncertainties to world economy and global trade. In response, the Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Centre hosted the CIBEL Global Network Conference and Young Scholars Workshop as a series of virtual panel sessions in June 2020. The conference was dedicated to research on the urging issues in the international business and economic law field with the theme of “COVID-19 and international economic law: China and a changing world”.
About the Virtual Conference and Young Scholars Workshop
The virtual conference was live-streamed and open to registered audiences. Every fortnight from June to September 2020, there was one 1-1.5 hour panel session focusing on a specific CIBEL area and the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. Successful applicants were invited to make contributions to a publication based on their papers presented at the conference and/or workshop.
The Conference welcomed papers presented by scholars, practitioners in private and public sectors and other speakers in the CIBEL field across the globe that discuss urging issues derived from the pandemic from legal and cross-disciplinary perspectives, and from theoretical and empirical studies.
Young scholars, including those who were pursuing their PhD degrees were strongly encouraged to submit their papers to the Young Scholars Workshop, where they had opportunities to present their work and get constructive feedback from senior researchers. Submissions to Young Scholars Workshop were open to any topic within the CIBEL research areas and were not limited to the COVID-19 related issues.
The theme of the 2020 CIBEL Global Network Virtual Conference was “COVID-19 and international economic law: China and a changing world”.
The Conference and Young Scholars Workshop considered abstracts in all disciplines of law, including cross-disciplinary legal studies, which have a significant focus on issues relating to China and international business and economic law that is understood its broad sense. We invited proposals on all aspects of international business and economic law related to China.
The topics of the panels include but are not limited to the following:
- The future of international economic law after COVID-19: China and (de)globalization
- COVID-19: will competition law and policy revert to the status quo?
- COVID-19 and digitalisation of dispute resolution
- How can corporate law help under the pandemic?
- Intellectual property and COVID-19
- The global pandemic and investment law
Interested applicants submitted their abstracts online via the "Apply Now" button below by 22 June 2020 for peer review. Abstract should be no more than 500 words. Despite full paper submission is not mandatory, we encouraged accepted applicants to submit a full paper between 7,000-12,000 words (include footnotes) before 17 August 2020. We envisaged to publish a book and welcome submissions of paper.
- Monday, 22 June 2020 – Abstract (no more than 500 words) submission due
- Monday, 17 August 2020 – Full paper (7,000-12,000 words) submission due (optional)
Eligible applicants were considered for the following awards, which were announced on the CIBEL website after the whole event concludes:
- CIBEL Global Network PhD Scholar Prize awarded to the best article by a scholar who is pursuing but has not got a PhD degree on 30 September 2020
- CIBEL Global Network Young Scholar Prize awarded to the best article by a scholar aged 35 or under on 30 September 2020
The awards were conferred to the author(s) of a paper selected by the selection committee of the Conference and Young Scholar Workshop. The decision criterion did consider the paper quality.
Session Schedules and Registration
There are five sessions scheduled on the following dates at this stage:
|Thursday, 25 June 2020||COVID-19: will competition law and policy revert to the status quo? Watch online|
|Thursday, 9 July 2020||The future of international economic law after COVID-19: China and (de)globalisation Watch online|
|Thursday, 23 July 2020||How can corporate law help under the pandemic? Watch online|
|Thursday, 6 August 2020||The pandemic and investment law: a good or bad coincidence? Watch Online|
|Thursday, 3 September 2020||COVID-19 and digitalisation of dispute resolution Watch Online|
One Young Scholars Workshop session was scheduled on Thursday 20 August 2020. However, depending on the number, topic and qualities of submissions we receive, we may invite young scholars to present at certain conference panel sessions. We contacted successful young scholars individually prior to the panel.
The events were open to registered audiences and there was no charge for attending, however registration was essential to receive the event link. Participants registered for each individual session that they would like to attend.