Book: Covid-19 and International Business and Economic Law – China and a Changing World

10 February 2023

By Hanna Jez 


Associate Professor Kun Fan and Associate Professor Xiao-chuan (Charlie) Weng have co-edited a book based on CIBEL’s 2020 Global Network Conference Series. ‘COVID-19 and International Business and Economic Law’ is the first book published by Academy Publishing as a part of Singapore Academy of Law’s ‘Commercial Law in Asia’ series. This series has been co-published with Singapore Management University.

The peer-reviewed series publishes exemplary scholarship on commercial law in Asia and supports the original research of emerging and established scholars, and pre-eminent practitioners. Ultimately, the series aims to enhance the understanding of issues surrounding cross-border commercial laws and trade in Asia. 

About the Book:

The book features a selection of papers presented at the 2020 CIBEL Global Network Conference and Young Scholars Workshop, a series of events which were dedicated to researching urgent issues in the realm of international business and economic law, specifically within the theme of ‘COVID-19 and International Economic Law: China and a Changing World.’

While the world is getting used to the new normal post-covid, the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have lasting effects on business and economic law and policy making.  Corporate law is critical in allowing businesses to respond quickly to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Competition law and policy are also critical in ensuring that, moving forward, markets remain vibrant globally and in individual jurisdictions. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have important implications for post-pandemic investment policymaking . It also continues to impose challenges for the administration of justice and calls for dispute resolution to adapt to a changing world. 

This publication focuses on the pandemic’s impact on competition and corporate law, foreign investment, and dispute resolution. It aims to inform its readers about the impact of COVID-19 on international business and economic law within China and around the globe.


  1. COVID-19 Pandemic: Competition Law and the Response of China (by Deborah Healey)
  2. How does the COVID-19 Pandemic Transform Corporate Governance? Emerging Asia’s Perspective (by: Roza Nurgozhayeva)
  3. Corporate Meetings Post-COVID-19 in the Digital Era (by Christopher Chen)
  4. Modulating Power: Will Chinese Variable Interest Entity Arrangements Persist in a Post-COVID World? (by Philip C Rogers)
  5. The Intersection between Global Health Law and Investor-State Disputes: Assessing the Potential for Fragmentation after a Global Pandemic (by Nicola Strain)
  6. Revisiting Chinese IIAs During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Are Public Interest Clauses a Sufficient Defence for Emergency Measures? (by Yue Zhao)
  7. COVID-19 Measures and Investor-State Disputes: Have the Stars Aligned for Mediation? (by Mark McLaughlin)
  8. Arbitration and the Pandemic (by Tietie “Frank” Zhang)
  9. Online Dispute Resolution under COVID-19: The Practice of Major Arbitral Institutions in China (by Yuan Fang & Yan Wang)
  10. International Commercial Courts, Party Autonomy and the Transnational Rule of Law (by Lance Ang)

You can pre-order the book here.