The BRI Regulatory Transformation: Taming the Chinese Investors’ Risks


Dini Sejko (HKUST IEMS)
Thursday 26 March 2020 at 4:00 - 5:00 pm (Hong Kong time, GMT +8)
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 About the seminar

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is supporting the construction of colossal infrastructural projects that enhance global connectivity. The new projects create new development opportunities for the investment recipient countries. Sometimes the new projects excessively rely on Chinese financing and Chinese companies for their implementation  increasing risks for both investors and host countries, and requiring new regulatory responses. The BRI is part of a more comprehensive strategic play for a new and enhanced role for China in global economic governance.

The paper initially provides an overview of the regulations that shape the BRI investments’ environment and explains their significance for Chinese investors, demonstrating regulatory gaps and risks. In the second part, the paper examines the new multi-level regulatory solutions that China and BRI countries are implementing in order to deal with the complexities of the BRI investments. By doing so, the paper demonstrates that the BRI has triggered a regulatory transformation that places China at the centre. On the one hand, the new regulations support Chinese investors and mitigate the risks that they face. On the other hand, however, the  new domestic and international regulations, aim at taming the Chinese economic model, and antagonise the greater presence of Chinese investors.

About the Speaker

Dini Sejko is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Emerging Market Studies, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and a research affiliate at The Fletcher Network for Sovereign Wealth and Global Capital, Tufts University. Dr Sejko is conducting research on the impact of the Belt and Road Initiative on Southeast Asian countries and sustainable development. His research interests include the governance of state-owned enterprises and sovereign wealth funds (SWFs), and the implications of state capitalism on international economic law. For his research on SWFs, he received the SIEL/PEPA Edward Elgar Prize 2018, awarded by the Society of International Economic Law.

Dr Sejko teaches “Transnational Legal Issues and Dispute Settlement” at the HKUST, Business School. During his PhD, he has been WUN Visiting Fellow at the Leeds University Business School, and visiting researcher at the Melbourne Law School, and won the 3rd Place, at the 2017 Tsinghua Law School International Arbitration Moot Competition. Dr Sejko has presented his research at academic institutions and conferences in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, the United Kingdom, Italy, and the Netherlands.

Dr Sejko has obtained a Combined Bachelor and Master of Science in Law from Bocconi University and a Master of Laws in International Economic Law from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.


This research is supported by the Strategic Public Policy Research Funding Scheme from the Central Policy Unit of the HKSAR Government.   More >> 

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