“ILO Fundamental Labour Rights in China: Legal Implementation and Cultural Logic”

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Date(s) - 16/01/2014 - 17/01/2014
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Unioninkatu's banquet hall


The Finnish Center of Chinese Law and Chinese Legal Culture warmly welcome you to participate in the Academy of Finland Research Project ‘ILO Core Labour Standards Implementation in China: Legal Architecture and Cultural Logic‘ second Research Seminar:



January 16th-17th 2014, Helsinki, Finland

Unioninkatu 33, Helsinki, Finland


In the field of labour law, legal reforms carried out in 2007 – the Labour Contract Law, the Employment Promotion Law and the Labour Dispute Mediation and Arbitration Law – have been seen by many observers as important steps in translating the broad outlines of labour protection established in China’s 1994 Labour Law into substantive and more enforceable provisions. Meanwhile, at the international level, China has also undertaken many international legal obligations, including ratification of four out of the eight core conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO) enshrining fundamental principles and rights at work. While China’s achievements in lawmaking have been notable, it has become increasingly clear that remarkable challenges remain in the implementation and enforcement of core labour standards. In light of these developments, this seminar will address from multiple methodological and comparative perspectives timely and important issues concerning the implementation and enforcement of national labour laws that enshrine fundamental principles and rights at work in China.

As last year, the seminar gathers eminent scholars and experts from the United States, China and Europe. Among our distinguished speakers are such experts as Professor Ronald C. Brown, Professor Ye Jingyi and Professor Alan C. Neal. For more details, please see the draft program below.

The event is free of charge, we however kindly ask all interested persons to register by Friday, 10 January 2014 by completing the electronic form available from the following link: https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/46754/lomake.html.

Draft Program

16 January 2014

8:45 – 9:15    Registration and coffee

9:15 – 9:30    Opening of the seminar

Kimmo Nuotio, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki

Ulla Liukkunen, Professor, University of Helsinki / Director of the Finnish Center of Chinese Law and Chinese Legal Culture

 9:30 – 11:15  Session I       Setting the Scene

  • Xie Zengyi, Associate Professor, Institute of Law, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences: “Legal Institutions and the Implementation of Labour Law in China”
  • Kari Tapiola, Special Adviser to the Director-General, International Labour Organization: “How Far Can Transition Be Managed?”

Comments by Daniel Fuchs, PhD Candidate, University of Vienna.

11:15 – 11:30 Tea and Coffee

11:30 – 13:30 Session II    Gender Questions in the Implementation of Labour  Standards

  •  Ye Jingyi, Professor and Director of Labour Law and Social Security Law Institute, Peking University Law School: The Development of Chinese Anti-discrimination Principles in Employment Law: From the Perspective of Gender Equality”
  • Xue Ninglan, Professor and Director for the Social Laws Department, Institute of Law, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences: Chinese Legislation on Sexual Harassment at Work and Its Implementation”

Comments by Johanna Niemi, Professor, University of Helsinki.
Comments by Wei Qian, Post-doctoral Researcher, Peking University. 

13:30-14:30 Lunch

14:30 –16:15 Session III    Economy, Legal Implementation and the Workplace

  • Ronald C. Brown, Professor, University of Hawaii: China: Implementing ILO Standards by BITs and Pieces (within FTAs)”
  • Ulla Liukkunen, Professor, University of Helsinki: “The Child Labour Issue – Observations on the Implementation of the Regulatory Framework”

Comments by Virginia B. Gomes, Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and Senior Social Policy Adviser, Ministry for Social Security and Solidarity, Portugal
Comments by Mikael Mattlin, Lecturer and Adjunct Professor, University of Turku

17:00 – 19:00 Reception: Book launch

Roger Blanpain (general ed.), Ulla Liukkunen and Yifeng Chen (volume eds.), China and ILO Fundamental Principles and Rights in Work, 86 Bulletin of Comparative Labour Relations, Kluwer, 2014.
(Lehtisali; Porthania Building, Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki; 2nd floor)

17 January 2014

9:00 – 9:15    Coffee

9:15 – 11:45  Session IV    Cultural Logic: Past and Present

  • Alan C. Neal, Professor, University of Warwick School of Law: “Cross-Currents in Modern Chinese Labour Law”
  • Chen Yifeng, Assistant Professor, Peking University Law School: “ILO, Extraterritoriality and Implementing Labour Laws in Republican Shanghai”
  • Teemu Ruskola, Professor, Emory Law School: “Political and Moral Economies of Workplace Regulation”

Comments by Jarna Petman, Senior Lecturer (professor ad interim) in International Law, University of Helsinki / Member of the European Committee of Social Rights of the Council of Europe.
Comments by Nathan Lillie, University Lecturer, University of Jyväskylä.

Closing of the Seminar

11:45 – 12:30  Lunch


More information about the event can be found on the project website.

If you wish to circulate the invitation, please find its PDF version here.