International Rule of Law and China's Voting Behaviour in the United Nations Security Council

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Thu 29.10.2015 at 10:00-11:30
Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Kruunuvuorenkatu 4, 2nd floor

Law serves as a constitutional–normative framework within which the Security Council must function. In turn, deliberations in the Security Council delineate and constrain its members’ state behaviours. This lecture explores China’s voting behaviour in the Security Council, and argues that the roles that China plays within the Security Council illuminate its approaches to the current international legal order. It shows how China has taken a proactive role in the maintenance of international peace and security through the Security Council, and discusses ways in which China may respond to a draft Security Council resolution aimed at its conduct other than simply by vetoing it.

Speaker: Phil C.W. Chan, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law, University of Lapland

Dr Phil C.W. Chan is a lawyer by training with a Ph.D. from the National University of Singapore, he has worked in Law, International Relations and Asian Studies at universities in Europe, Asia, Australasia, North America and the Middle East. He is the author of China, State Sovereignty and International Legal Order (2015) and over 30 refereed journal articles.

Comments: Katja Creutz, Senior Research Fellow, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

Jyrki Kallio, Senior Research Fellow, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

Chair: Elina Sinkkonen, Senior Research Fellow, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs


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