University professor attends international conference in India

Leïla Choukroune, Professor of International Law and Research and Innovation Theme Director in Democratic Citizenship at the University of Portsmouth, attended an international conference last month to discuss the challenges and opportunities surrounding China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Professor Leïla Choukroune (second on the left) at the international conference in Delhi, India

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is the largest development strategy adopted by China, which involves a wide range of large infrastructure and investment projects in over 60 countries to boost trade and stimulate economic growth.

The conference was co-organised by the University of Portsmouth and the Centre for International Trade and Investment Law of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) in New Delhi.

The panel discussed the impact of the initiative in India and the existing clash in strategic interests as India is the only country in the eight-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organisation to refuse the endorsement of China’s ambitious initiative.

Leïla attended the conference in Delhi, India as co-chair of the South Asia International Economic Law Network (SAIELN), which she created almost two years ago, alongside co-chair Professor James Nedumpara of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade.

The South Asia International Economic Law Network is a group of academics and practitioners seeking to promote the development of academic research in international economic law in the South Asia region.

The panel discussion also explored hardly studied issues of the BRI’s law and disputes settlement and addressed the initiative from a comparative angle, drawing upon the recent development of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

Professor Choukroune said: “The potential impact of the conference is considerably large, as representatives from the Indian government, embassies and students from India and the surrounding region were present.”

Professor Leïla Choukroune also writes for The Hindu and her latest article is available here.

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