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Hochelaga Lecture: The PRC and the Int'l Unification of Private Law: New Developments and Trends
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The Hochelaga Lectures 2018

The PRC and the International Unification of Private Law: New Developments and Trends

Professor Xu Guojian, Dean, International Law School, Shanghai University of Political Science & Law

The lecture will be delivered on Tuesday, 17 April 2018 from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm at Academic Conference Room, 11th Floor, Cheng Yu Tung Tower. Centennial Campus, HKU

Abstract: This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Hague Conference on Private International Law and also the 40th anniversary of China's implementation of its reform and opening-up policy. Over the past 40 years China has experienced significant development in the area of private international law, including considerable progress in legislation, jurisprudence, theoretical research and capacity-building in respect of private international law. China has also actively participated in and promoted the unification of private international law. In addition to joining the Hague Conference more than 30 years ago, China has joined several other important international organizations that are committed to unifying private law. Moreover, China has acceded to a number of important conventions on the unification of private international law.

What are China's thoughts and theories towards promoting the international unification of private law? What guides China’s conduct in respect of these activities? In his lecture Dean Xu will discuss the thoughts and theories that have been explored, studied and developed by the Chinese private international law academic community over the past 40 years. These thoughts and theories (such as the new international civil and commercial order and the convergence tendency of modern private international law) have, however, been persistently ignored by Western mainstream scholars. Dean Xu will argue that these thoughts and theories have guided China's participation in the unification of private international law, have continuously influenced the practice of China's private international law, and provide the key for the outside world to understand China in these aspects.

Lecturer: Dr. Xu Guojian holds an LLB from Southwest China University of Politics and Law and an LLM and Doctor of Laws from Wuhan University. He pursued advanced studies at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law in Lausanne; the Academy of International Law in The Hague; the Max-Planck-Institute in Hamburg; and the Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg. He was awarded the title Dr. Juris in 1994 following completion of his doctoral studies at Hamburg University. In 1998 Dr. Xu initiated the establishment of the law firm Boss & Young and has been the managing partner of the firm since 2017. In September 2017 he became the Dean of the International Law School of Shanghai University of Political Science and Law. Dr. Xu has been appointed legislative and consultative expert to the Standing Committee of the People’s Congress of Shanghai. He is also the Vice Chairman of the China International Private Law Association and an initiating member of the WTO Sub-committee of the National Bar Association. He was involved in the negotiations over the 2005 Hague Convention on Choice of Court and has made presentations at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Meetings of the Hague Conference's Special Commission on a Convention for the Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters.

The Hochelaga Lectures 2018 are open to all.

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Date/Time17/04/2018 18:30-19:30
VenueAcademic Conference Room, 11th Floor, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong

Registration Instruction

Registration is open from 09/04/2018 10:30(HKT) to 17/04/2018 15:00(HKT) on a first-come-first-served basis. The registration quota for this event is 150.

* Registration is now closed.

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