Call for Papers: Second International Conference Consumer Policy in China: New Trends and Challenges



Event Date: 

12/6/16 to 12/7/16

Location name: 

University of Macau (Macau, China)


Faculty of Law of the University of Macau (Macau, China)

Second International Conference
Consumer Policy in China: New Trends and Challenges
6-7 December 2016
Faculty of Law of the University of Macau (Macau, China)
I. The Theme
China’ 12th Five-Year Plan shifted the strategy from export-led growth to one that focuses more on the
domestic market. Furthermore, the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China emphasized the
importance of moving towards an ecological civilization. The construction of an ecological civilization
requires a global effort to improve people’s well-being while guaranteeing the future of the country. This
concept balances economic development and environmental protection, putting ecological civilization on an
equal footing with the civilizations of politics, economy, society, and culture. These different dimensions
relate to diverse societal aspirations and concerns and must be addressed by Chinese policymakers. The
second largest economy in the world is now also a true consumer society, raising new problems and
challenges. On 16 December 2015 the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau hosted the first conference
in this series. The purpose of the second conference is to continue the debate on a wide range of issues in
modern-day China that have a direct or indirect impact on consumer protection. The scope of the conference
is interdisciplinary and submissions from backgrounds other than Law are especially welcome.
II. Topics
The organizing committee welcomes proposals on any topic relating to consumer policy in China. Subject
areas may include, but are not limited to, the following:

a) Access to water and food
b) Product safety
c) Services of General Economic Interest
d) Environmental protection
e) E-commerce
f) Trade, Investment, and Consumer Protection
g) Healthcare and Patients’ Rights
h) Resolution of Consumer Disputes
III. Submission Guidelines
Abstracts in English should be no more than 800 words long and contain the name, institutional affiliation
and contact details of the author. Abstracts should be sent by 6 November 2016 in Word or PDF format to
IV. Publication
The organizers have publication plans for the presented papers. The precise format of publication will be
discussed during the conference. Therefore, all selected contributions must be original and not published
elsewhere. Selected presenters will be required to submit full papers by 31 March 2017.
V. Organizing Committee
Fernando Dias Simões (University of Macau)
Paolo Davide Farah (West Virginia University & gLAWcal – Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable
Development, UK)
Julien Chaisse (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Muruga Perumal Ramaswamy (University of Macau)
This conference is part of the research project led by Professor Fernando Dias Simões entitled ‘Consumer Policy in
China: Protecting the Citizens, Strengthening the Domestic Market and Building an Ecological Civilization’ (Research
Project funded by the University of Macau, Project Reference MYRG2015-00219-FLL).