“Road to New Paradigms: Impact of China’s Silk Road Initiative in China, Central Asia and the EU”

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Date(s) - 09/05/2016 - 10/05/2016
All Day

Main Building, University of Helsinki

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Jointly organised by University of Helsinki – Faculty of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aleksanteri Institute & Xi’an Jiaotong University – School of Law, SRIICL and CIC-SREBS, in collaboration with The New Silk Road Law Schools Alliance (NSRLSA)


In September 2013 Chinese President Xi Jinping during his visit to Kazakhstan introduced the concept of the Silk Road Initiative aiming to bring together China, Central Asia, Russia and Europe. In his speech President Xi highlighted five aspects of the Initiative: 1. policymaking and lawmaking; 2. infrastructure building; 3. trade; 4. currency exchange; and 5. public and social support. Even though the economic aspect of the Silk Road Initiative has been a main focus so far, it is no less important to consider other aspects of the Initiative, in particular to look at what changes it might bring to political and legal arenas, and how it ties to the national identity and historical narratives of the European and Asian countries involved in the Initiative.

The aim of the conference is to go beyond the goal of economic development strongly underlined in the Initiative and focus on important but not yet discussed issues such as mobility, national identity or cultural and constitutional developments of Silk Road cooperation. The conference focuses on both comparative pragmatic and theoretical aspects of these themes and aims to bring together scholars from countries participating in the Silk Road Initiative to share their perspectives on the Initiative and discuss its future impact.


Please find the pdf version of the program here.


For more information please visit the conference website here.