China-EU Investment Treaty: Towards a China-EU Investment Agreement: Challenges, Themes and Competences
Time: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Venue: The Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin
Since September 2012 there has been active discussion between the EU and China on the conclusion of an investment agreement. This reflects in part the change in the investment relationship between Europe and China: Foreign Direct Investment now not only flows from Europe to China but increasingly, and particularly in recent years, from China to Europe. Under the Treaty of Lisbon, the EU has been granted the competence to engage in this type of negotiation and treaty conclusion, having previously been an exclusive national competence. This is the next stage of EU-China relations and marks a significant development of legal, political, economic and financial significance.
Less than 2% of total foreign direct investment into the EU currently comes from China. EU investment in China, compared to that of the United States for example, is low, and tends to come, in large part, from a small number of countries' companies. Whereas there are in excess of 1,000 bilateral investment agreements between EU Member States and third countries, there is no EU-China investment agreement. There are many bilateral EU-China investment agreements with Member States, although not with all the Member States, at present. The commencement of negotiations on an investment treaty between China and the EU marks something of a broadening of focus by the EU, which has been concluding so-called "deep and comprehensive free trade agreements" with the Mediterranean rim countries and the Caucasus.
It is envisaged that this symposium will bring to the fore common themes and concerns and, most importantly, a commonality of interest in policies in legal structures. Chinese concerns about EU direct investment in China and their own investment in Europe may cover similar territory to European concerns about Chinese direct investment in Europe and their own investment in China.
Furthermore, for investment treaties to be meaningful, the rule of law must be strengthened and many commentators remark that this is one of the main next stages for China's economic expansion.
In this symposium Trinity will host EU and Chinese Representatives who are actively involved in the negotiation of the comprehensive EU-China Investment Agreement, along with academic and industry experts on Foreign Direct Investment. This will be one of the first public discussions on the negotiation process of the future treaty on EU-China Investment and its potential impact on trade and foreign direct investment in Europe, China and Ireland.
The keynote address is to be delivered by H.E. Mr David O'Sullivan, Ambassador of the EU to the USA. Mr O'Sullivan has extensive experience in negotiation of key EU bilateral trade and investment treaties.
This symposium is generously funded by the EU and PRC sponsored China Europe Law School (CESL), of which Trinity College Dublin's School of Law and colleagues from the Schools of Business and Political Science have been training Chinese lawyers in private and public law by teaching in the graduate CESL programme in Beijing.
|08:50 - 09:20||Registration|
|09:20 - 09:45||
Opening remarks and Introduction
Introduction by Prof Louis Brennan and Prof Diarmuid Rossa Phelan
Counsellor Wu Lijun, Charge d’affaires, Embassy of P.R. China to Ireland
|09:45 - 10:30||
H.E. Mr David O'Sullivan, EU Ambassador to the US
|10:30 - 10:35||Dr Juliette Hussey, Vice Provost for Global Relations, Trinity College, Dublin|
|10:35 - 10:55||Tea/Coffee|
|10:55 - 12:15||
Panel Discussion: The business context of China-EU bilateral investment
Chair: Prof Louis Brennan, Trinity College, Dublin
|12:15 - 13:25||
Panel Discussion: Negotiating bilateral successChair: Prof Diarmuid Rossa Phelan, S.C., Trinity College, Dublin
|13:35 - 14:15||Networking Lunch|
|14:14 - 15:35||
Panel Discussion: The legal context of China-EU bilateral investment
Chair: Prof Hinrich Julius, University of Hamburg
|15:35 - 15:55||Refreshments|
|15:55 - 17:15||
Roundtable Discussion: Practitioner Perspectives
Chair: Nick McIlroy, ESSCA Shanghai; McIlroy Wang Ltd.
|17:15 - 17:30||Concluding remarks|
The right to substitute and rearrange lecture(r)s is reserved.
H.E. David O'Sullivan EU Ambassador to the US
Prof Bjoern Ahl
Associate Professor of Chinese Legal Culture Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Cologne
Prof Louis Brennan
Professor in Business Studies, Trinity College Dublin and formerly Director Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College Dublin
Mr Christopher Brown
Associate Director, China Desk- KPMG Ireland
Ms Alexandra Koutoglidou
Investment negotiator, European Commission, DG Trade, Investment Unit
Prof Jeremy Clegg
Director of the Centre for International Business, Leeds University Jean Monnet Professor of European Integration and International Business Management
Mr Alan Dukes
Chairman, Asia Matters; former Minister of Finance in Ireland
Mr Joshua Fellenbaum
Senior Associate, Clyde & Co, London
Dr Juliette Hussey
Vice Provost for Global Relations, Trinity College, Dublin
Prof Hinrich Julius
Chair of Rights, School of law, Hamburg University
Ms Hannah Levinger
Economist, Deutsche bank; co-author of China-EU relations: Gearing up for growth • Mr Nick McIlroy Visiting Professor, ESSCA Shanghai; Director McIlroy Wang Ltd.
Mr Shane Nolan
Head of Emerging Markets, IDA Ireland
Prof Diarmuid Rossa Phelan, Senior Counsel
Fellow, School of Law, Trinity College Dublin Director, TCD participation in China-Europe Law School
Mr XIE Wei Second
Secretary, Economic & Commercial Counsellor’s Office, P.R. China Mission to EU Distinguished Guests
Counsellor WU Lijun
Political Counsellor, Charge d’affaires, Embassy of P.R. China to Ireland
Representatives from IDA, EI and other Irish state agencies
* please note this list is subject to change.
This event is free to attend however booking is advisable.
To book a place contact: Nick McIlroy email@example.com