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Impacts of international norms on China's public debate - a comparative analysis of WTO trading norms

30 October 2013 (11:00-13:00)

The School of International Studies is pleased to invite you to a seminar presented by Yujia Zhao, PhD candidate in the School of International Studies.

About the seminar

Anti-dumping and anti-subsidies (countervailing) duty can be considered as two norms in the World Trade Organization (WTO) trading system. They were written into China's legal system at the same time in 1997, but the actual progresses of their institutionalisation into China's domestic arena only started then. This research provides a comprehensive analysis on the domestic impacts of these two norms based on norm diffusion theories. It intends to understand the domestic salience of these two WTO norms by comparing the coercive and normative compliances imposed by the norm promoter; it also compares the specific barriers of institutionalising these two norms in China. This research can help to understand how China's domestic society adapts to institutional changes led by both international organisations and Chinese government, and thus provide an important basis to analyse China's economic reform as well as China's possible reaction to new international institutions.

Speaker biography

Yujia ZHAO is a PhD candidate in the School of International Studies. Her research interests cover trading, institutional change, public opinion, and media study. In the past two year, she has been traveling to Geneva, Beijing and Shanghai, and interviewed WTO secretary officials, Chinese delegates in the WTO, Chinese government officials, and academics in order to collect data for this research. Her papers were presented in international academic conferences, and won the 'Best paper' Reward.