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This handbook provides a comprehensive road map to China's engagement with international law and an upgraded bridge between Chinese and Western approaches in times of turmoil. Written by a leading group of Chinese and Western specialists, it examines how China is assimilating into, and putting its stamp on, the global legal order. It offers updated analyses of China's relationship with international institutions, human rights law, international trade law, the law of the sea, the laws of peace and war, international criminal law, global health law, international investment law, international environmental law, climate change, international terrorism law, outer-space law, intellectual property law, cyber-space warfare, international financial law, international dispute settlement, territorial disputes, the Belt and Road Initiative, the Community of Shared Future for Mankind, China's constitutional law, the judicial application of international law, state immunity, the international rule of law, China's treaty practices and the extraterritorial application of Chinese laws.


‘General de Gaulle once said: ‘We may go to the moon, but that is not very far. The greatest distance we have to cover still lies within us.’ As an international legal scholar and senior diplomat who has been engaged in the teaching and study of international law as well as in diplomatic practice for over forty years, I am convinced that The Cambridge Handbook of China and International Law will certainly be conducive to shortening the distance between China and the rest of the world.’

Huang Huikang - member of the UN International Law Commission and Chairman of the Advisory Committee on International Law of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China; former Ambassador to Malaysia; Distinguished Professor, Wuhan University

‘There is no shortage of academic and policy literature on the rise of China as a global power, but its specific implications for China’s engagement with international law had until now remained under-explored. The Cambridge Handbook on China and International Law fills this gap, providing a much needed compass. It will be of great interest both to those whose work relates to China and to those working in any of the international law areas it covers where scholarship can no longer overlook the importance of China.’

Jorge E. Viñuales - Harold Samuel Professor of Law and Environmental Policy, University of Cambridge; Research Professor of International Law, LUISS Rome; member of the Institut de droit international

‘Is China a dangerous authoritarian threat to the rules-based international liberal order? Or is China a defender of international law and a champion of genuine and inclusive multilateralism? Views on these questions differ widely. Yet there is one point on which all can agree: it is increasingly important for international lawyers to understand China’s approach to international law. The Cambridge Handbook of China and International Law provides a timely response to this significant need.’

Anthea Roberts - Professor at the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University and Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School; winner of the ASIL's Certificate of Merit

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