Symposium on Legal Aspects of China’s Belt and Road Initiative cum Book Launch

5 November 2016 | CUHK Graduate Law Centre, 2/F, Bank of America Tower, Central, Hong Kong



(From left to right: Prof. Chao Xi, Assistant Dean and Professor, Faculty of Law, CUHK; Prof. Fanny M. Cheung, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, CUHK; Prof. Stephen W. K. Chiu, Co-Convenor, GCR; Prof. Lutz-Christian Wolff, Dean, Graduate School, CUHK)


Co-hosted by the GCR and the Faculty of Law, the Symposium on Legal Aspects of China’s Belt and Road Initiative cum Book Launch took place in CUHK’s Graduate Law Centre on 5 November 2016. The Symposium served three purposes: to address a variety of issues from a legal viewpoint in order to develop support for policy initiatives and legislative projects; to serve as the basis for future research; and to offer practical up-to-date guidance on the current status of the BRI.

The Symposium consisted of four open-door thematic discussion sessions that attracted over 100 people. Prof. Fanny M. Cheung, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of CUHK, and Prof. Christopher Gane, the Dean of the Faculty of Law, delivered speeches of welcome. The keynote speech was given by Dr Markus Ederer, the State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office, Germany. Dr Ederer shared his views with the audience on “China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Context” (please access the speech via the link:

With the aim of facilitating academic exchanges, 12 panellists from seven schools and companies were engaged to take part in the four thematic discussion sessions. The panellists participated in a critical discussion on various topics, and made key suggestions on trade, finance, and investment; investing in Belt and Road countries from the perspective of practitioners; and legal reforms.