FLJS Director of Programmes Professor Denis Galligan has been appointed Senior Advisor of China’s only think tank on anti-corruption research, at the Hunan University of Commerce.
Professor Galligan marked the appointment with a lecture entitled ‘Anti-corruption and Due Process: A Potential Partner’, which he delivered at the Clean Government Development Summit, organized by the Hunan Provincial Clean Government Development and Collaborative Innovation Centre on 21 April 2016.
Dr Ying Yu, Head of the FLJS Consumer Rights in China programme, was also appointed as Visiting Research Fellow of the Hunan Provincial Clean Government Development and Collaborative Innovation Centre, and spoke at the summit on her research into consumer rights in China.
In his lecture, Professor Galligan shared insights from both his role as the Director of the One Belt One Road (OBOR) Programme at the Law Faculty, University of Oxford, and author of Due Process and Fair Procedures: A Study of Administrative Procedures. He argued that, since corruption is a part of society and a problem that every country has to face, a common-sense approach should be adopted, and that efforts to promote research and share experiences are vital, since there is currently no single strategy that can be used to completely eradicate corruption.
Dr Ying Yu delivered a moot court lecture at the Summit entitled: ‘New International Developments in Consumer Protection Law and Regulation.’ Dr Yu analysed the underlying reasons why Chinese consumer rights protection is lagging behind other countries. She introduced internationally renowned consumer rights protection agencies and their main functions, in particular the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and its work in this area. Discussing recent developments and trends in consumer rights protection laws and regulations, she drew on her experience as the Observer of the revision works on the UN Guidelines for Consumer Protection (UNGCP) at UNCTAD.
The appointments follow the visit of a delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Commerce (SAIC) to discuss developments in UK consumer protection law with FLJS Board Member Professor Christopher Hodges and Dr Ying Yu, and the FLJS representation at the inaugural Thinkers’ Summit at the School for Journalism and Communication at Peking University, Beijing, earlier this year.
Further details of the Consumer Rights in China programme, including publications, Opinion Pieces, and other free resources, can be found on our Consumer Rights in China programme page.