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CPD Course:
-Hong Kong-Macao
Greater Bay Area (GBA):
Special Economics Zones
Rules and Policies

Presented by
Prof. Julien Chaisse,
City University of Hong Kong

Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA): Special Economics Zones Rules and Policies
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Code: EVT000000384 Level: Intermediate
Date: 14 April 2023 (Friday) Language: English
Time: 14:30 - 17:45
(Reception starts at 14:00)
Accreditation(s): LSHK 3.0 CPD Points
Online via Zoom
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Presenter's Profile:
Prof. Julien Chaisse

Dr. Julien Chaisse currently serves as professor at the City University of Hong Kong (CityU), School of Law.  He is an award-winning and world-renowned expert on international economic law (trade, investment, and tax), cyberlaw, and international dispute resolution.  His work has garnered wide academic recognition and has been cited by international courts/tribunals as well as the U.S. Courts.  He is the awardee of the Humanities and Social Sciences Prestigious Fellowship (2021) and the recipient of the Smit-Lowenfeld Prize from the International Arbitration Club of New York (2020).  He also sits on the editorial boards of several high impact academic journals, and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Asia Pacific Law Review.

Dr. Chaisse is an accomplished senior arbitrator.  Numbers of his adjudications have been reported by local and international press.  He is frequently called upon as an expert witness in international trade/investment litigation and arbitration, to advise international organizations, governments, law firms, and private investors on private/public international law issues (e.g., concessions contracts, special economic zones, investment structuring, state and international organization immunities, and WTO accession), and he has assisted over twenty jurisdictions in drafting trade/investment treaties and legislation.

Dr. Chaisse is currently President and Chair of the Asia Pacific FDI Network (APFN), which is the most important organization in the region that focuses on researching foreign direct investment and facilitating cooperation among over 100 scholars and 50 institutions.  He has extensive experience working as a corporate board member, and serving on the board of directors/advisory board for a number of international organizations, including the World Free Zone Convention (WFZC), the Academy of International Dispute Resolution & Professional Negotiation (AIDRN), the National Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS), and the Asian Academy of International Law (AAIL).  In addition, Dr. Chaisse is an active member of the World Economic Forum (“Tax and Globalization Working Group” and “Data Policy Platform”), a member of the Hong Kong’s Government Board of Review (Inland Revenue Ordinance), an advisor and partner to the United Nations ARTNET on FDI, and a member of the Academic Forum on Investor-state Dispute Settlement.  He also serves as Director of the Dot Trademark Policy Committee (DTPC), a co-founder of the Internet Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI), and is a member of the ICANN’s Working Group, which produced the Report of the Review of All Rights Protection Mechanisms in All gTLDs, among other highly-regarded white papers.

Prior to joining CityU Law School, Dr. Chaisse taught at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law (2009-2019) where he served as Director of one the Faculty’s research centres as well as Director of PhD & MPhil Program.  Before moving to Hong Kong, he worked as deputy head of the working group on the rules and regulations for multilateral trade and investment agreements at the World Trade Institute in Bern, Switzerland (2006-2009), as a lecturer at Elite School Sciences Po Aix in France (2004-2006), and as a diplomat for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France at the French Embassy in New Delhi, India (2001-2004).

Course Objective:

The Greater Bay Area (GBA) was conceived as an integrated economic and commercial hub.  Although the various free trade and high-tech zones do make GBA an attractive place to do business, there are challenges. It is not easy to understand which preferential policies are offered and which one is right for a specific business which can be confusing.

This seminar focuses on Special Economic Zones (SEZs) because it is one of the most notable institutions of unilateral economic law and SEZ have an ever-increasing importance for the international economic system.  To be more specific, in this lecture I want to explain why the special economic zones will play an important role in the GBA.  This seminar also explains that the GBA and its SEZ have a more fundamental relevance and significance for international economic law.  This course reviews the main conditions, steps and actors in the development and regulatory management of the GBA SEZs.

Course Outline:
In this course you will have an opportunity to explore recent developments of key issues such as:

  • Differences between State-level new area, Economic & technological development zone, High-tech zone, Free trade zone, and Special economic zone in the GBA
  • Understand why SEZs are unilaterally established by States (which means that they can be modified at will without having to engage in any bilateral or multilateral negotiations with other States)
  • Identify the advantages of SEZs which are different from international trade and investment norms because of the carving out of a special jurisdiction for the application of a separate economic regime within the country
  • Learn about “fork-in-the-road” clauses
  • Consider the potential overlap between domestic causes of action and international investment law claims
  • Consider the advantages of international arbitration vs. national courts

This course is provided by:  Kornerstone Limited
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