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Seminar: Ongoing Reforms in Chinese and European Legal Frameworks

12.11.2018 10:00–12:30
LS6
Yliopistonkatu 8
96300 Rovaniemi


The first part of the seminar discusses ongoing reforms in the Chinese IPR landscape. According to the latest figures from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), China filed the most patents of any country worldwide in 2015, with Chinese companies registering more than 1.3 million patents in 2017, an increase of 14.2% per year since 2015. As the current official Chinese government puts it: China has evolved from a ”produce-and-copy economy”, which turned a blind eye to IPR infringements in the pursuit of growth at any cost, to one that is focused on high-quality development. But what’s behind this drastic change and how is the Chinese IPR framework evolving towards this direction? What kind of consequences do these trends have on international markets, especially for European business competitiveness?

The second part of the seminar focus on the contributions, possible challenges and behaviour of the rising China in the global setting. It is an undeniable fact that China has become a regional superpower and has been ranked as the second great power after the United States. China has been major contributor in the international community, in organs such as UN and World bank. Beijing has also taken a more pro-active role in number of multilateral organizations (particularly in UN) and has even created own multilateral organizations (One Belt One Road initiative, Shanghai Co-operation Organization) that will shape the future own our global community. Therefore it is of vital importance to understand China’s role in the international legal system and to examining possible alterations in China’s foreign policy principles, laws and practices.

This seminar discusses ongoing reforms in these Chinese legal landscapes and contextualises and compares them to the ongoing refoms that are occuring in the European legal systems. We will also discuss whether China’s traditional concentional role and approach to international law will change as Beijing has announced it will take more active role in international affairs. As such, the seminar will be of interest for a variety of audiences, including students and scholars, legal practitioners, companies, as well as to the legislature and the policymakers.

Note for students:

Students are given the possibility to gain 2ECTS upon the attendance of the whole event and the submission of a learning diary. Students who wish to get the 2ECTS should register via sending an email to rosa.ballardini@ulapland.fi not later than 8 November 2018. The learning diary should be 10 pages (12 pt Times New Roman; Line spacing 1,5) and it should summarise the key lessons learned at the seminar. The learning diary should be digitised and sent to rosa.ballardini@ulapland.fi not later than Monday 19 November 2018.

More information:

Rosa Maria Ballardini
Senior lecturer in IP law
University of Lapland/Faculty of Law
rosa.ballardini@ulapland.fi 

Programme:

10.00 – 10.10               Prof. Nysten-Haarala, Dean of ULap/Faculty of Law

                             Welcoming and Opening Words

10.10 – 10.55               Prof. Mingde Li, Institute of Law of China Academy of Social

                             Sciences

                             Ongoing Reforms in Chinese IP Law

10.55– 11.10                Dr. Rosa Ballardini/University of Lapland, Faculty of Law

                                     Comments: European IP Reforms

11.10 – 11.20               Discussion

11.20 – 12.05               Prof. Sheng Hong, Shanghai University of Political Sciences and Law

                                     China in the Post-World War II International Legal System

12.05 – 12.20                Prof. Matti Nojonen, University of Lapland

Comments: Chinese non-interference principle – will we witness a change?

12.20 – 12.30                Discussion


Closing

About the Speakers


Li Mingde is Professor at the Institute of Law of China Academy of Social Sciences and the director of the Intellectual Property Center of China Academy of Social Sciences. He graduated with a BA, Master and Ph.D. from Peking University. From January 1995 to January 1997 he was a visiting scholar at the University of Washington, School of law (USA). From February to August 2001, he was a guest researcher in Max-Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition, and Tax Law (Munich, Germany). From October 2006 to February 2007 he was an invited international guest researcher at the Institute of Intellectual Property of Japan. He jointed the Institute of Law of China Academy of Social Sciences in July 1991 and Intellectual Property Center of China Academy of Social Sciences in January 1997. He also served as deputy chairman of Intellectual Property Law Society under the Law Society of China, and as a member of National Intellectual Property Consultation Committee. His research focuses on intellectual property law, has published 10 books and about 80 articles in China. He has lectured and presented in several national and international conferences and symposiums, including at the UNESCO, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the National Copyright Administration of China, the China Intellectual Property Office, and the China Trademark Office.

Hongsheng SHENG is Professor of Public International Law at Shanghai University of Political Sciences and Law, China, and Director of OBOR Judicial Research Institute,the Supreme People’s Court, China as well. He was awarded LL.M at the University of Nottingham,UK (International Criminal Justice and Armed Conflict) and Ph.D at Wuhan University (Public International Law),China. He is Senior Colonel (Ret.& Res.) after retirement from military service in 2009. From April 2004 to April 2005, he was United Nations Expert on Mission for the MONUC in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, serving as Team Leader of Military Observers, and Senior Liaison Officer. He was also appointed by the Chief of the Mission Chair of Independent Board of Enquiry to review international criminal cases. In April 2005, he was granted United Nations Medal (In the Service of Peace).  He is Chief Expert for the joint international programme “UK-China Collaboration for Conflict Prevention”. Up till now, he has published 6 titles,and over eighty articles in leading academic journals at home and abroad. His academic interests focus on international law, international relations, international organisation, international humanitarian law and international criminal justice as well.

Soili Nysten-Haarala is Professor of Commercial Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Lapland. From August 2017 she works also as the Dean of the Faculty of Law. Earlier she worked as part-time Professor of Legal Science at Luleå University of Technology in Sweden, as well as Professor of Civil Law at the University of Eastern Finland (2004-2012).  She has also worked as a visiting fellow in the Forestry Project at IIASA (International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis) in Laxenburg, Austria. Since 2003 she has led several international and multi-disciplinary research projects funded by the Academy of Finland, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes) and the Finnish Cultural Foundation. Her main field of interest is proactive law, contracts in business practice, contracting on intellectual property rights and governance of megaprojects. She has also done research in the Arctic focusing on forests, oil and gas industry, as well as mining.

Rosa Maria Ballardini is a Senior Lecturer in IP law and a Senior Researcher at the University of Lapland, Faculty of Law. She holds a PhD from Hanken School of Economics, Finland (2012), an LLM in IT and IP law from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (2005) and a law degree from the University of Brescia, Italy (2003). In 2017 Rosa was granted the title of Docent (Docentti) in Intellectual Property Law from the University of Helsinki. Previously – 2008 to 2009- she was a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley/Boalt Hall. Since 2005 she has researched and thought in the field of IP law at various universities. Rosa’s research interests focus on the interface between law (with focus on IP law) and technology. She has written extensively especially in the fields of patent and copyright law, open innovation and open source, as well as IP strategies and IP management in various technological contexts (e.g. software, 3D printing, Artificial Intelligence and industrial internet). Her research approach is multidisciplinary, combining law, technology, business and policy via using different types of methodologies (e.g. traditional legal research methods, empirical methods and design thinking in legal studies).

Matti Nojonen is Professor of Chinese culture and society at Univerity of Lapland. Nojonen has been working on Chinese social and value base changes, institutional reform policy, traditional and current Chinese strategic thinking and Chinese foreign policy and polito-economy of China. Nojonen has a Ph.D. in business and organizational studies (Helsinki School of Economics, currently Aalto Business School) and M.A. in Sinology from Stockholm University. Nojonen has been working on China for close to three decades. He has been previously working as a Research Director at Finnish Institute of International Affairs, lecturer at Fudan University, Executive Director at Tongji Sino-Finnish Center and as a Professor of Chinese economy and management at Aalto School of Business. Nojonen has experience in working as a China advisor for Finnish government, Parliament Committees and Finnish industry.

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