The Role of Law in the Future (and in China)

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How will law evolve in the next decade? Technological developments, population growth, inter-communal violence, climate change, resource scarcity, economic volatility– these are just some examples of uncertainties related to globalization that impact life in today’s world. These challenges will fundamentally test our traditional ideas of law and governance in the 21st century.  The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL), the University of Chicago Beijing Center, Sciences Po Paris and La Trobe University have asked legal experts from various countries to comment on scenarios proposed by HiiL and to provide think pieces about what they think will happen based on their area of expertise.

The Beijing conference gave HiiL’s Sam Muller (see photo at left) a chance to propose a diagram for thinking about such scenarios to about a dozen experts of the legal system in China.  During a roundtable discussion, the experts critiqued the proposal, providing Muller with copious notes to share.

Organizers: Dali Yang, The University of Chicago (Department of Political Science), Stéphanie Balme, Sciences Po Paris, Randy Peerenboom, La Trobe University, Sam Muller, HiiL