“Being Affluent One Drinks Wine”: Wine counterfeiting in mainland China

Event details


Date & time

Tuesday 05 February 2019


Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Ext # 8 Fellows Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Anqi Shen


School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)

The Canberra Times reported on 30 December 2018, ‘14,000 bottles of fake Penfolds wine for sale in China in November’; and ‘the global counterfeiting industry projected to be worth about $4.3 trillion by 2022’. Clearly the wine industry is lucrative. The Drinks Business predicts China will soon become the world’s second biggest wine consumer following the US.

China’s huge wine market attracts local and global counterfeiters who are aggressively profiting from the making and selling of fake Australian and European wines.

This seminar will focus on wine counterfeiting and the policing of fake wines in mainland China. It discusses three important themes in relation to product counterfeiting: the definitional issue; the scope, scale and organisation of the counterfeiting business; and law enforcement against product piracy.

It aimed to broaden the existing knowledge about the counterfeiting trade, to develop a clear understanding of the illicit market, and to help to renew countermeasures that not only enable the exercising of tighter control over the counterfeiting industry but also disrupt the illegal behaviours of counterfeiters.

Rather than placing emphasis on the protection of intellectual property rights, this seminar will look at the particular attention to public health concerns with regard to dangerous counterfeit goods such as fake wines. Examining wine counterfeiting within the analytical framework of organised crime research, it seeks to make a contribution to analysis of the nature of product counterfeiting and the issue of policing counterfeit goods.

About the speaker

Anqi Shen is Professor of Law at Northumbria Law School, Northumbria University, United Kingdom. Anqi’s research focus is in the areas of sentencing, judicial culture, policing, organised crime, youth, gender, crime and justice, the legal profession, migration and crime, and gender and law enforcement. Anqi has published widely in law, crime and justice in and in relation to China. She is author of Offending Women in Contemporary China: Gender and pathways into crime (Palgrave, 2015), of Women Judges in Contemporary China: Gender, judging and living (Palgrave, 2017), and of Internal Migration, Crime and Punishment in Contemporary China: An inquiry into rural migrant offenders (Springer, 2018), and co-author of Fake Goods, Real Money: The counterfeiting business and its financial management (Policy Press, 2018). She is Adjunct Professor with Law School, Nanjing University of Finance and Economics (China) and Senior Fellow with Crime and Justice Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology (Australia). She is a member of the editorial board of Women and Criminal Justice and of Trends in Organised Crime. She has previously worked as Reader in Law at Teesside University where she was the REF (Research Excellence Framework) Lead for Law. Before coming to Britain, she worked in China as a police officer and then a practising lawyer in a Nanjing law firm.

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