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Professor Emilios Avgouleas to advise Shanghai Financial Court on International Investment Treaties

Mon 21 June 2021

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Professor Emilios Avgouleas, Chair of International Banking Law and Finance at Edinburgh Law School, has been invited to join the eight-strong panel of world-leading international financial law experts who will further enhance the professional level of financial adjudication and optimise the law-based business environment of Shanghai as an international financial center.

Seven other leading jurists and senior judges from Germany, France, and the Uk including senior members of the bench have also been invited by the Chief justice of the Shanghai High Court with the endorsement of the Supreme People's Court of China, the People's Bank of China, and the Shanghai municipal government. The mission of the independent panel is exclusively in the form of authoritative expert assistance furthering the rule of law. The pre-eminent International experts will offer advice on the strengthening of the Chinese legal framework dealing with the protection of foreign investors and boost the application of the rule of law in commercial, corporate, and financial law disputes. The group may also advise the judges of Shanghai Financial court and of China Financial court on International legal and judicial practice and the upholding of the rule of law especially with regards to International Investment Treaties.

The panel is one of PRC's most convincing efforts so far to create a very strong legal environment and robust judicial practice for the protection of foreign investors in China. It is widely regarded as a key step in the opening of the gigantic Chinese markets and financial system to foreign investors in accordance also with the Investment Treaty signed between the EU and China in late 2020.

Emilios is already a member of the European Securities and Markets Group the stakeholder group of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) elected in June 2020 in the 4-strong team of so-called "top-ranking" academics. Before that he served for 2 periods (June 2015-June 2020) in the stakeholder group of the European Banking Authority (EBA) elected also in the section of so-called "top-ranking" academics. In September 2009 he served as the first professor of capital markets law in the China-Europe School of Law based in the Chinese University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) a joint initiative of the then Chinese president and the president of the EU commission. He has given keynote speeches and seminars at Tsinghua Law School and the Carnegie/Tsinghua Asia's leading International Relations think tank. He served as a distinguished visiting research professor in the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong between September 2017 and September 2019. Deeply saddened by events during that time he resigned his post and did not serve the third year of his HKU contract.

Before becoming a full/time academic Emilios practised with distinction in two leading City law firms and a European finance law boutique and has served as an advisor on fintech law to senior UK judicial training missions in China.

Learn more about Professor Emilios Avgouleas's research.