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Normative Readings of the Belt and Road Initiative

Road to New Paradigms

  • Wenhua Shan
  • Kimmo Nuotio
  • Kangle Zhang


  • Offers normative readings on China's master plan on foreign affairs, in the context of China as the rising power

  • Covers fields including legal philosophy, Chinese philosophy, labor protection, financial mechanism, environmental protection and other non-trade aspects of the BRI

  • Written for researchers and governmental actors


About this book


This timely book offers revealing insights into the changing role of China in world governance as exemplified by the Silk Road Initiative, the People’s Republic’s first published major initiative for external affairs. Focusing on various aspects of the Silk Road Initiative, particularly those that are largely neglected in current discussions, including culture and philosophy, finance and investment, environmental protection and social responsibility, judiciary and lawyers, the authors explore a wide range of contexts in which China’s role as an emerging power in international relations and international law is examined. In the current era of ever-increasing populism, protectionism and challenges to globalization, the authors explore the Chinese philosophy underpinning Chinese norms of regional and international development. Bearing in mind the political and economic uncertainties hampering the establishment of such norms, the authors offer crucial insights into how the Silk Road Initiative could or should be developed and regulated.
Given its depth of coverage, the book is an indispensable read for anyone interested in the Initiative and its social-legal implications.


Chinese model Development financing Non-trade aspect Sustainable development Environmental protection Labor protection Chinese foreign policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Wenhua Shan
    • 1
  • Kimmo Nuotio
    • 2
  • Kangle Zhang
    • 3
  1. 1.School of LawXi’an Jiaotong UniversityXi’anChina
  2. 2.Faculty of LawUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  3. 3.Faculty of LawUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

About the editors

​Wenhua Shan
Graduated as a PhD from Trinity College, University of Cambridge, Professor Wenhua Shan is currently Yangtze River Chair Professor of International Economic Law (by Ministry of Education, China) and the founding Dean of the School of Law and founding Director of the Silk Road Institute for International and Comparative Law (SRIICL) at Xi'an Jiaotong University, PR China; and Senior Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge, UK. His research area is international and comparative law, particularly investment and trade laws. He has published 10 books by English and Chinese publishers including Oxford University Press (OUP) and numerous articles in journals such the European Journal of International Law and American Journal of Comparative Law.

Kimmo Nuotio
Kimmo Nuotio is Professor of Criminal Law at Faculty of Law at University of Helsinki. He was the Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute from 2000 to 2001, and the visiting researcher at Max Planck Institute for Foreign and Comparative Criminal Law. Kimmo Nuotio serves as the chair of board of the Finnish Center of Chinese Law and Chinese Legal Culture, and the chair of board of the Alexander Institute for Russian Studies. Kimmo Nuotio has a variety of international articles published, mainly dealing with criminal law theory, and is growing his interest in China-related researches.

Kangle Zhang
Kangle Zhang is a doctoral researcher at Faculty of Law, and research fellow at Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights. Kangle's research project looks at credit rating agencies in financial system, and is interested in ideology's conception of public/private distinction, and its role in financial system and regulatory regimes. Other areas of interest include, law and development, (international) environment law, critical theories, and China-related issues through the lens of law and development. Kangle is currently part of the book project on Normative Readings of China’s New Silk Road Initiative. Kangle Zhang teaches Reading International Law, a methodological seminar on critical reading and writing skills, and Regulatory Regimes of International Economic Law, an introductory course, at the Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki.

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