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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.

Call for papers

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.


Final programme to be uploaded.



English (no translation)


Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 November 2016


Fribourg (Venue: will be updated)

Participation and Registration:

Speakers: costs of registration are covered; the organisers are unable to fund travel and stay.

Other participants:
Registration costs for participation at the Workshop (includes refreshments and lunch) per day CHF 40. For students: CHF 20 per day. Form for registration will be uploaded shortly.

Hotels: A list of recommended hotels will be updated shortly. Link to Tourism Office, City of Fribourg.


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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