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A Question From Douglas Elmauer

This post has been written in response to a question Douglas Elmauer (Escola de Direito de São Paulo, Brazil) asked following the Rountable on The Implications of the 19th Communist Party Congress.
To what extent does Chinese openness to the global capitalist market help in the process of democratization and in strengthening the "rule of law" that provides legal security for foreign investors and companies? Perhaps the progressive economic opening may one day irritate politics to the point of a constitutional rupture in the future.

Dear Douglas,
thanks for this very thought-provoking question. A conventional response would rely on either of three contrasting approaches to the free market as an agent of democratization:
A first approach would confirm this nexus, and then proceed to look for the most appropriate locus of irritation in China’s political system, in the hope a constitutional rupture may lead to democratization and to stronger guarantees for multinational corporations…

UN Draft Guidelines on Human Rights and the Environment - Suggested Revisions

On October 10, 2017, Professor John Knox, the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment released a newsletter where  comments on the Draft Guidelines on Human Rights and the Environment were solicited
I was honored to produce and submit a commentary together with Professor Larry Catà Backer, under the auspices of the Coalition for Peace and Ethics. The executive summary of a much longer commentary on the Draft Guidelines on Human Rights and the Environment, and a table of our suggested revisions to the Draft Guidelines are reproduced below.

Executive Summary
The Draft Guidelines on Human Rights and the Environment are based on articles 4, 5, and 7 of Resolution 31/8, and articles 5, 6, and 7 of Resolution 34/20 (Human Rights and the Environment). They summarize the basic human rights obligations of States on environmental matters.
The adoption of the Draft Guidelines on Human Rights and the Environment will provide an important opportunity to seek to advance the conceptio…

LIVESTREAM- Implications of the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress — November 3, 2017–10:00 AM EDT

Join a group of scholars from the United States, Europe, and China on a roundtable on the implications of the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress.




Date: November 3, 2017 Global Times: 10:00 AM EDT (New York)03:00 PM CET (Rome, Berlin, Stockholm)10:00 PM CST (Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong)Concept Note and List of Participants — English and Chinese Primary Sources on the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party Access Link