Chinese and Russian approaches to international law

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Event details


Date & time

Wednesday 14 December 2016


Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building (8), Fellows Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Anthea Roberts


+61 (0)2 6125 3948

In 2016, China and Russia issued a Joint Declaration on the Promotion of International Law, which reflects a different understanding to the West on a number of foundational points about the content and scope of international law.

Tensions are also increasingly playing out between China and Russia, acting individually or collectively, and the West across a range of issues, including Responsibility to Protect, Syria, Crimea, the South China Sea, Cyber Security and freedom of navigation in exclusive economic zones.

Using the lens of Comparative International Law, this talk examines how to characterise Chinese and Russian approaches to international law and what these challenges might say about the universality, or otherwise, of international law in this newly emerging Competitive World Order.

About the Speaker

Associate Professor Anthea Roberts is a specialist in public international law, investment treaty law and arbitration and comparative international law. Prior to joining the ANU, Anthea was an Associate Professor at the London School of Economics (2008-2015), a Visiting Professor and Professor at Columbia Law School (2012-2015) and a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School (2011-2012). She is also a Visiting Professor on the Masters of International Dispute Settlement at the Graduate Institute/University of Geneva.

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