Doing Business with SOEs – Examining Economic and Regulatory Risks


The seminar explores the implications of doing business with state-controlled enterprises (SCEs) by assessing the regulatory complexity and the normative tensions triggered by the rise of SCEs as actors in international law. The seminar is based on the book “Regulation of State-Controlled Enterprises: An Interdisciplinary and Comparative Examination” published by Springer in 2022.

The seminar will cover the following topics:

  • Role of SOEs as investors in key sustainable development sectors
  • Significance of SOEs’ investments in the US-China hegemonic rivalry
  • The tightening of national security review of investments and the role of sanctions
  • Challenges in regulating SOEs in free trade and investment agreements
  • SOEs and alternative dispute resolution



Prof. David Cook, Director of HKUST GEAR, Acting Head and Professor of Economics at HKUST


This event is jointly organized by HKUST Greater Eurasia Research Center (GEAR) and the Young Members Group, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (East Asia Branch) (CIArb (EAB) YMG) 

To attend the event

It will be a mixed-mode event. You may choose to attend in person or using Zoom. 

To attend the event in person, please register with EventBrite. The venue is HKUST Business Central, 15/F, Hong Kong Club Building, Central (near MTR Central exit J3)

To attend the event online, please register with Zoom


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