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China’s International Commercial Courts: New rules for the ‘Belt & Road’

2. Oktober 2019, 08:00 - 09:45

Discussion with

  • Nora Sausmikat (urgewald e.V.), author of the study
  • Daniel Sprick (University of Cologne), author of the study
  • Colin Brown, DG Trade
  • Benjamin Hartmann, EPSC

China established the China International Commercial Courts (CICCs) in 2018 and thereby paved the way for the first judicial institution designed to support and secure the Belt and Road Initiative. However, the new court system raises two obvious questions: Does China simply instrumentalise CICCs to expand its judicial influence across Eurasia and beyond? If so, will China be successful in doing that?

With their study entitled ‘China’s International Commercial Courts for the ‘Belt and Road’: A gateway for Beijing’s bigger role in global rules setting’, Nora Saumikat and Daniel Sprick have carried out an analysis of the CICCs system that provides key insights on China’s national, bilateral and multilateral approach in influencing a future system of investment protection. The authors will present the study and its main findings at our event, and will highlight recommendations of actions to EU institutions.

After initial comments by our two speakers, Colin Brown (DG Trade) and Benjamin Hartmann (EPSC), we intend to open the floor for a discussion with all participants. The discussion will be held in English.

Please note that seating is limited, and we therefore recommend an early registration until 27 September at the latest via this link.

I look forward to welcoming you to this event.

Reinhard Bütikofer



2. Oktober 2019
08:00 - 09:45


European Parliament JAN 6Q1
Rue Wiertz 60
Brussels, 1047