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China - EU Trade Relations from a Legal Perspective

Peking University, Beijing (China)
2017-07-03 - 2017-07-14
Course Fee
11.500 CNY (incl. tuition fees + study materials + accommodation + social programme)
4 ECTS & Certificate of Attendance
Advanced Bachelor Level
Course description

China and the European Union are two of the biggest traders in the world. Currently, China is the EU's 2nd trading partner and the EU is China's biggest trading partner. China and EU now trade more than €1 billion a day which amounts to the second largest economic cooperation in the world. This trade cooperation does not happen in a legal vacuum but functions in a complex legal framework including the rules regarding inter alia the access to the EU’s single market, anti-defense measures which can be imposed on Chinese products and the rules concerning the functioning of the WTO’s dispute settlement.

This course takes a legal approach to the study of the relationship between the EU and third countries and underlying values and approaches, with a specific focus on the EU’s trade policy and law with China. The course aims at enabling students to critically understand the EU as an international organization and analyses the legal developments surrounding trade relationships between the EU and China.

The first part of the course will start with an introduction to the EU, its institutional structure, judicial powers and legal principles and regulatory approaches that are necessary to understand the functioning of the EU as an international organization. This forms the basis for next discussing the external powers of the EU and the different legal ways in which it engages in relations with third countries.

In the second part of the course, attention will be paid specifically to the particular trading rules of the EU which shape its trade relation with China.  Specific topics include the construct and principles of the EU’s single market; EU Common Commercial Policy; EU trade defence measures; EU competition rules and access to justice in the EU. 

Student profile/target group

Students of law, business, social and political sciences, at senior undergraduate level with an interest in law, society and politics. A wide range of interests will help, but no specific expertise or law background is required.



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Course Requirements

  • Attendance
  • Active participation in workshops
  • Presentation and research paper


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Course director / Lecturers

  • Prof. Mr. Linda Senden


    Linda Senden studied international law (1992), European Studies (1992) and Dutch law (1996) at the University of Amsterdam. She obtained her doctorate degree in law in 2003 at Tilburg University for her thesis on Soft law in European Community Law. Its relationship to legislation (Hart Publishing, 2004).

    She was lecturer in European law at the University of Amsterdam (1992-1993) and Tilburg University (from 1994 onwards), where she was later appointed professor of EU law (2004). She joined the Law Department and Europa Instituut of Utrecht University in 2011, where she holds the chair in EU law. She has been visiting professor at the University of Michigan, University of Connecticut, the National University of Singapore, Koç University (Istanbul), University of Rijeka (Croatia), University of Vilnius (Lithuania), University of Aruba and University of Konstanz (Germany). 

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    Dr. Urszula Jaremba


    Urszula Jaremba is an assistant professor in EU law at the Europa Institute at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, and has been working at the department of EU law since February 2015.

    She studied international relations and European Studies at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun (Poland) and European and international law in Tilburg (the Netherlands). In 2012 she defended her PhD at the Erasmus University Rotterdam where she also worked as an assistant professor in EU law. Urszula Jaremba conducts research in the area of the application and enforcement of EU law in Member States of the EU, EU trade law and policy, judicial protection in the EU and the EU internal market. In 2014, she was a visiting lecturer at the Renmin University of China, Beijing, where she was teaching a course on EU Trade Law and Policy


Course schedule
July 01, 2017

Arrival day

July 02, 2017

Registration and orientation

July 03, 2017

09.00-12.00   Session 1: Introduction - The idea construction of the EU

July 04, 2017

09.00-12.00  Session 2: The role of the law in European integration

July 05, 2017

09.00 - 12.00  Session 3: Foundational legal principles of the EU, including fundamental rights    

July 06, 2017

09.00 - 12.00  Session 4:  EU external relations law and the EU-China relationship

July 07, 2017

09.00 - 12.00  Session 5: Judicial protection, enforcement and external impact of EU principles

July 10, 2017

09.00 - 12.00  Session 6: Introduction to EU trade policy: the Common Commercial Policy 

July 11, 2017

09.00 - 12.00  Session 7: The Common Commercial Policy and beyond

July 12, 2017

09.00 - 12.00  Session 8: EU internal market and its external effects

July 13, 2017

09.00 - 12.00  Session 9:  Extraterritorial effects of EU competition law regime

July 14, 2017

09.00 - 12.00  Session 10:Dispute settlement and access to justice in trade-related cases 


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