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Global Governance, Conflict and China

dinsdag, 18 december, 2018 - 18:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Faculteit: Recht en Criminologie

The Belgian Branch of the International Law Association and the Brussels Diplomatic Academy and the Chair Asia-Pacific Studies invite you to

Global Governance, Conflict and China
Dr Matthias Vanhullebusch

KoGuan Law School, Shanghai Jiaotong University

This lecture is based on the speaker’s new book: Global Governance, Conflict and China (Leiden; Boston: Brill/Nijhoff, 2018)

Followed by a panel discussion with Prof. Dr Xinning Song (Fudan University & VUB Confucius Institute), Professor Qin Shan (VUB Confucius Institute & Jinan University) and Dr Saisai Wang (Postdoctoral Research, Centre for Private and Economic Law, VUB & Shandong University of Finance and Economics)

Chair: Prof. Dr. Kim Van der Borght, Chair Asia-Pacific Studies - VUB, President of the Belgian Branch of the International Law Association


Matthias Vanhullebusch (PhD, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; LL.M. (Adv.) Leiden) is Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Asian Law Center at the KoGuan Law School of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University since 2012. He has an expertise in Humanitarian Law and Policy with a regional focus on the Middle East and Asia. He is the Senior Managing Editor of the Asian Journal of Law and Society (Cambridge University Press), the Editor-in-Chief of Brill’s Asian Law Series (Brill/Nijhoff) and the Routledge Studies on Asia in the World (Taylor & Francis) and Associate Editor of the Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Brill/Nijhoff). He is a Visiting Professor on the International Committee of the Red Cross’ training programmes in Southeast and East Asia. His latest monographs include: War and Law in the Islamic World (Brill/Nijhoff, 2015) and Global Governance, Conflict and China (Brill/Nijhoff, 2018).


Global Governance, Conflict and China sheds a unique perspective on China’s normative behaviour in the realm of collective security, peacekeeping, arms control, the war on terror and post-conflict justice. This analysis engages with an Asian epistemological framework whose relational thought borrows from the context – space and time alike – that informs China’s principle-driven conduct on the international plane. Through the lens of relational governance, this work develops a new theory on the relational normativity of international law (TORNIL) that identifies the interdependent sources that underpin China’s international legal argument, i.e. norms, values and relationships. Without a fertile soil in which those conflicting relationships between share- and stakeholders can be rebuilt, international laws governing (post-conflict) violence cannot restore and maintain peace, humanity and accountability.


Attendance is free but registration is compulsory through ila@mimat.org