Online | China’s Challenge to International Law
03 February 2022, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm
This lecture is part of the Current Legal Problems Lecture Series 2021-22
About the Lecture
The role that China – or the Chinese Communist Party – has come to play in international relations and the institutions of international law has given rise to much anxiety about its adverse impact on the liberal international order. Yet this order is also challenged from within liberal democracies. This talk will discuss instances of problematic synergy between the actions and justificatory narratives deployed by some democracies in their engagement – or confrontation – with autocracies such as China. Drawing on Forst’s account of the power of justifications, I argue that both can work to corrode international law by using power in ways that conflict with the rule of law, understood as a principle requiring democratic and human rights constraints on power.
About the Speaker
Eva Pils is Professor of Law at King's College London, an affiliated scholar at the US-Asia Law Institute of New York University Law School, and an external member of the Centre for Human Rights Erlangen-Nürnberg. She studied law, philosophy and sinology in Heidelberg, London and Beijing and holds a PhD in law from University College London. Her current research addresses autocratic conceptions and practices of governance, legal and political resistance, and forms of complicity with autocratic wrongs. Before joining King’s in 2014, Eva was an associate professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law.
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