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Director-General of the Department of Treaty and Law of the Foreign Ministry Jia Guide Attends the Meeting Marking the 40th Anniversary of Chinese Society of International Law & 2020 Academic Conference

2020/11/07

On November 7, 2020, the meeting marking the 40th anniversary of Chinese Society of International Law (CSIL) & 2020 Academic Conference was held in Beijing. Director-General of the Department of Treaty and Law of the Foreign Ministry Jia Guide attended the meeting at invitation and delivered a keynote report on the current development of international law and China's diplomatic treaties and laws at the opening ceremony.

Jia Guide analyzed the current trends and features of international law against the backdrop of accelerating global changes driven by COVID-19, including the importance attached to international law and order by all parties despite serious impact on it, weaknesses of the global governance system exposed by COVID-19, and more international regulations made for the emerging fields. He elaborated China's standpoints and propositions on major international law issues, such as the stigmatization of China over coronavirus to hold it "accountable" launched by the US, the closing of China's Consulate General in Houston, as well as climate change, biodiversity, and cyberspace governance. He encouraged scholars in international law to follow the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy, take the 40th anniversary of the CSIL as a new starting point to study and apply international law, and contribute to the major-country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics in the new era.

The colloquium this year, themed with "New Missions in the Changing World: The Role of International Law in National and Global Governance", includes cutting-edge topics such as the modernization of national governance system and capacity and international law, the reform of global governance system and international law, the global public health and international law, marine law, and cyberspace. More than 300 delegates from governments, universities, and other relevant practical departments and research institutes were present at the conference, and over 500 people attended the event online.

The CSIL, founded in 1980 and under the leadership of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is a national academic organization registered under the Ministry of Civil Affairs, with its members from international law teaching and research institutions and relevant state organs and practical departments.

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