The One belt One Route initiative of the Chinese government aims to create a New Silk Road, from China to Europe, one branch running overland, the other maritime. The success of the New Silk Road will depend on high-level international collaboration, coordination, and cooperation among more that seventy nations along the route. The OBOR programme is indeed one of the most challenging and potentially rewarding efforts at international harmonization of all time.
The OBOR Programme at Oxford University was recently launched to provide an independent global hub for research, teaching, professional training, and policy development in relation to the many different aspects of the New Silk Road. The core of the programme is research, the focus being on the legal, regulatory, and adjudicative issues that arise from such an ambitious undertaking of international dimensions. The research programme is multi-disciplinary in its approach, placing the legal, regulatory, and adjudicative issues in their social context and involving other disciplines, especially economics, political science, and sociology.
Objectives of the Programme
Among the many issues that arise from this programme of international coordination, the following are of particular interest to the Oxford OBOR Programme:
coordinating the legal and regulatory response of more than seventy nations
developing common understandings and principles on a range of substantive legal subjects, including: trade and commerce, finance and investment, regulation and administration, cultural heritage and environment, maritime and logistics, employment and consumer protection, etc.
creating shared regulatory systems on the above areas of law and policy
understanding and coordinating new areas, such as e-commerce, cross-border transactions, dispute resolution, and private and public international law
designing new institutions and structures necessary for coordination and collaboration of more than seventy nations
facilitating common standards for courts, tribunals, and similar bodies across the participating nations
encouraging the diffusion of, and, where opportune, the fusion of, different legal cultures and traditions
advancing ideas and understanding of global governance and administration in relation to OBOR
studying the socio-legal dimensions of OBOR to help ensure effective laws and institutions