The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies of KU Leuven, in the Framework of the Jean Monnet Network ‘The European Union at the Crossroads of Global Order’ (EUCROSS), is organizing an international Conference “The EU and its Partners in Global Governance: Trade, Investment, Tax and Sustainable Development” on 14-15 June 2018 in Hong Kong.
The EUCROSS Network
The Jean Monnet Network ‘The European Union at the Crossroads of Global Order’ (EUCROSS), comprising 12 academic partner institutions from Europe, the United States, Brazil, China, India and Russia, investigates the challenges and opportunities that the European Union (‘EU’ or ‘Union’) and its main international partners face, as our conventional understanding of the global order is put into question and multilateralism is confronted with serious challenges. EUCROSS brings together international and interdisciplinary expertise and conducts research on the mutual relationships of the EU and its key international partners, with a specific focus on the opportunities and challenges that these partnerships face in the context of an international system that is increasingly seen as being ‘out of order’.
While global trade and investment have been reiterated as core interests in the European Commission’s 2017 reflection paper ‘Harnessing Globalization’, as well as in its 2015 communication ‘Trade for All’, the EU’s 2016 Global Strategy claims that ‘prosperity must be shared [globally] and requires fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals worldwide’. Moreover, the Commission’s 2016 communication ‘an External Strategy for Effective Taxation’ proposed a framework to support developing countries in improving their domestic capacity for tax collection, in line with the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The present international conference, co-organized by the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies of KU Leuven, investigates how the EU can seek new partnerships to implement these critical objectives.
To this end we invite paper proposals that analyze the interrelationships of investment, trade, tax and sustainable development policies. The idea is to better understand the ways in which the EU and its international partners are involved in the governance of investment, trade tax and sustainable development: what are areas of convergence and divergence? How do the EU’s efforts towards good global governance resemble or differ from those of its partners? How (and what) can the EU learn from its partners, and vice versa? What areas allow for significant global governance opportunities, and will the EU (and/or its international partners) seize these opportunities? Does the current political climate prevent the EU from playing a leading role in the global governance of investment, trade, tax and sustainable development?
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Paper abstracts (500 words) and short CVs (200 words) should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 1st March 2018. EUCROSS especially invites junior researchers (PhD candidates and postdocs) as well as early-career scholars and practitioners to apply. Selected paper presenters will be informed by mid-March 2018. The organizers can select presenters to receive a stipend up to a maximum of 900 Euros for mobility funding (partial or complete coverage of travel costs to Hong Kong).
Conference Format: The conference will bring together junior and senior scholars and practitioners from various disciplines, including Public and Private International Law, EU Law, International Relations, International Political Economy, European Studies and Political Science. Selected speakers will interact with established academics from EUCROSS partners. Successfully elaborated and presented papers may be selected for an international publication.
For more information, please visit https://ghum.kuleuven.be/ggs/research/eucross, or contact Dr. Kolja Raube (KU Leuven) at email@example.com .