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The Belt and Road Initiative as Global Public Good: Implications for International Law

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Abstract

Among various perspectives to view the “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI), the Global Public Good (GPG) theory provides a distinct angle to assess the coming opportunities and challenges, with the resolution of “collective action” dilemma as its primary concern. To tackle the collective action problem and ensure the provision of necessary GPGs, international law should be the suitable facilitator to coordinate and compromise divergent interests along the Belt and Road. However, the GPG narrative of the BRI entails a more holistic and grandeur vision for a world order which surpassed the parochial and constrained foundation in which international law was originated. Based on the Chinese conception of world order which is ingrained in the old philosophical concept “Tian-xia” (All-Under-Heaven), the chapter critically examines the role of international law in the course of international cooperation and proposes a new perspective to revive the public facet of international law to genuinely meet the GPGs expectation of the BRI. In the meantime, to avoid being purely speculative, the chapter heightens the practical opportunities and challenges the GPG narrative of the BRI brings to an emerging Chinese perspective of international law.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Peking University Law SchoolBeijingChina

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