The One Belt One Road (OBOR) Initiative launched by the Government of China proposes the creation of new economic corridors, spanning countries that contain almost two-thirds of the world’s population and account for one-third of the world’s wealth. The New Silk Road initiative is inspired by and symbolic of the old Silk Road from China to Europe. OBOR will enable closer connections among nations and enhance development by creating new opportunities for trade, investment, economic activities, technological innovation, and the movement of people.
The implementation of OBOR requires a legal and constitutional structure that is suited to the complex and un-precedented issues that arise in such a cross-border and international undertaking.
One set of questions concerns the constitutional and international structures and changes that may be necessary to facilitate the success of the New Silk Road initiative. Are the constitutional orders of the many nations involved suited to the level of international cooperation required by the initiative? Do those constitutional orders share the common aims and objectives necessary for the initiative? How do international standards affect the constitutional orders and traditions of participating states? These are examples of the many interesting and complex issues for research and discussion.