Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

ACELG Seminar: Regulation and Governance in China

Prof. Benjamin van Rooij, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands China Law Centre

24May2011 13:15 - 14:15


Prof. Benjamin van Rooij, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands China Law Centre

Most existing regulatory theory, explaining when and how to intervene in economic activities to manage and control risks arising out of such activities, has developed through the study of regulation in Western Educated Industrialized Rich and Democratic (WEIRD) countries. The growth of emerging markets like China forces a reorientation of regulatory theory. We need to recognize that financial, health and ecological risks increasingly originate and need management in contexts that are partly different from the OECD contexts in which they have been studied mostly so far. This talk will discuss efforts undertaken at the Netherlands China Law centre to study the formation and functioning of regulation in China in comparative perspective. It will discuss both the relevance of existing regulatory theory to China, as well as the relevance of China as a case for furthering existing theories about regulation and governance.


Benjamin van Rooij is Professor of Law at the University of Amsterdam, where he leads the newly established Netherlands China Law Centre. Concurrently he is a Hauser Global Faculty Professor at New York University, School of Law. His expertise covers Chinese law, law enforcement, compliance, regulation and socio-legal theory.

Venue and registration

Venue: University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Law, room E 1.07
Time and Date: Tuesday, 24 May 2011, 13:15 - 14.15

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