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Unpacking Economic and Social Rights: International and Comparative Dimensions - Conference

The Goettingen Journal of International Law is pleased to announce that we will take part in a conference in November 2018. The joint research project of the Institute of International and European Law of the University of Göttingen and the Minerva Center for Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law will be holding this conference in Göttingen, Germany under the title “Unpacking Economic and Social Rights: International and Comparative Dimensions”. The conference is a culmination of a joint research project directed by Prof. Tomer Broude and Prof. Andreas L. Paulus and examines economic and social rights from a comparative perspective, looking at German, Israeli and European legal systems and their respective constitutional, legislative and jurisprudential experiences, as well as the universal human rights framework under the auspices of the United Nations. In addition to this call, Prof. Paulus and Prof. Broude, junior researchers of the project and associate and invited scholars will present their research at the conference.

Scholars who work on economic and social rights are invited to submit abstracts. The proceedings of the conference and papers presented will be published in one of our upcoming issues. See the call for papers and the conference website for more details.

Deadline for submission of Abstracts: 1 June 2018. Accepted proposals will be notified by 1 July 2018. Full papers due for submission by 1 November 2018.

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Market Access or Market Restrictions – Analysis on the Regulations of PRC on Administration of Foreign-funded Banks

Jiaxiang Hu



In order to honor the commitments made on its accession into the World Trade Organization, China has opened its banking sector to foreign investment since December 11, 2006. Meanwhile, the State Council of China has promulgated the newly revised Regulations of the People's Republic of China on Administration of Foreign-funded Banks and China Banking Regulatory Commission has published the corresponding Rules for Implementing the Regulations of the People's Republic of China on Administration of Foreign-funded Banks. Although the new Regulations and Rules have ensured that the juridical-person banks with foreign fund can receive the national treatment as that of their Chinese counterparts, they still contain some restrictions on the business of foreign bank branches. These restrictions, when examined prima facie, appear to be in conformity with the exception rule of prudential supervision under GATS. However, if we examine the specific commitments of China and other relevant rules, we may find that these restrictions are not so justified for prudential reasons. In other words, "prudential supervision" is not a persuasive excuse if China is challenged for these restrictive measures in the WTO dispute settlement proceedings. We suggest that China should reassess the new Regulations and Rules.


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