Institut für Föderalismus
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Globalisation and National Law: an Unequal Relationship or «a Fine Balance»?

A Sino-Swiss Workshop, Fribourg, 21–22 November 2016

As part of their long-standing cooperation, the Law School of the China University of Political Science and Law and the Institute of Federalism, University of Fribourg, invite the submission of paper proposals for their joint workshop on «Globalisation and National Law: an Unequal Relationship or «a Fine Balance»?» to be held on 21–22 November 2016 in Fribourg, Switzerland.

The rise of global issues and rapid global integration has increased the necessity of coordination, cooperation and integration of different legal regimes. Legislation has traditionally been the prerogative of the national state, where different levels of legislative bodies made legal rules that governed domestic activities and relations. However, globalization and the formation of regional communities, either political or economic ones, establishing uniform standards and requiring joint actions has eroded the domestic monopoly over law-making. The creation of new global and regional legal institutions and norms also has had an impressive impact on domestic legislation not only in shaping domestic law but also providing the direction it will take. Further, increasing globalization and the use of legal transplants brings together various legal cultures, which may harmonise or clash with each other.


Target Group

This workshop aims at bringing together legal scholars and practitioners of law, political scientists, economists and other social scientists in examining the impacts and expectations on domestic legislation brought about by globalization. Doctoral students and young researchers are especially encouraged to submit abstracts.

Abstract of papers and presentations

Globalisation and National Law: an Unequal Relationship or «a Fine Balance»?

Collection of Abstracts



English (no translation)


Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 November 2016


The Workshop will take place at the Restaurant Punkt, Salle Grenette.

Address: Place Notre Dame 4, 1700 Fribourg (two minutes’ walk from the Hotel de la Rose)


We have reserved rooms at the Hotel de la Rose for participants (price for a single room starting at 100 CHF a night).  Please mention the workshop when you make your booking.

Address: Rue de Morat 1, 1700 Fribourg



- NH Hotel,

Link to Tourism Office, City of Fribourg.

There are others housing possibilities like dormitory or students residence. Be aware that during this period there might a shortage of vacancies. Here is a list of other accommodation  Foyers pour étudiants Fribourg (446 KB)

Useful Information

Arrival in Fribourg

The City of Fribourg is located 160 km from Zurich and 130 km from Geneva. If you arrive at either Zurich or Geneva airport, you can take the train to Fribourg without leaving the airport (follow the indicating panels to the respective underground railway-stations)

From Zurich Airport: direction Bern-Lausanne-Geneva (not via Biel/Bienne)

From Geneva Airport: direction Lausanne-Bern-Zurich (not via Biel/Bienne)

Intercity (IC) or Interregional (IR) trains are preferable because they are faster. Beware though because some trains from Zurich airport require a change (e.g. in Zurich city = Zurich HB, or in Bern). Please check the following for the train timetables (queries are available in English, French, German and Italian):

The costs for a one way ticket: from Zurich CHF 62, from Geneva CHF 45.

You can purchase your train ticket online. For supersaver tickets please check:


All costs have to be paid by the participants. The Institute of Federalism does not cover any costs.


Visa application: If you need a visa to enter Switzerland please consider to apply as soon as possible. Application procedures might be complicated and take more time than expected. If you require an invitation letter, please get in touch with Ms. Yvonne Heiter.

The Visa application is the participant’s responsibility. For more information see the official website of the Swiss Confederation, whether you require a visa  or what the requirements are for entry into Switzerland

A Visa Application can also be downloaded online


School of Law, CUPL: The China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) is a «Project 211» university ? a government honour bestowed upon China’s finest institutions of higher education. CUPL is well known for legal academics and also enjoys a distinguished reputation in arts, history, philosophy, economics, management, and education. Since the founding of CUPL over half a century ago, CUPL has made tremendous contributions to China's legal development ? graduating over 200,000 students, pioneering legal theory reforms, and participating in China's key national legislative activities. 

Institute of Federalism: The Institute of Federalism, Faculty of Law of the University of Fribourg, is recognised both nationally and internationally as a centre of expertise in the field of governance. For nearly 30 years the Institute has been producing academic analyses of the responsibilities which lie with a government and of the conflicts of interest it faces in performing its tasks. These include fulfilling the duties of a government in line with needs but economically, acting in accordance with democratic legitimacy, taking the different sections of society into account and protecting the rights of individuals and minorities.


For any administrative questions, please contact Ms. Yvonne Heiter; for all other questions, please contact Dr. Rekha Oleschak.

Supported by

The Sino-Swiss Workshop is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.


Institute of Federalism

University of Fribourg
Av. Beauregard 1
1700 Fribourg
Phone +41 26 300 8125

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