PJ178: Economy, Development and Security in the Belt and Road Initiative: Between Relational and Rules-based Governance

Title: Economy, Development and Security in the Belt and Road Initiative: Between Relational and Rules-based Governance 

Date: 1 July - 8 July, 2022

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Credit: 1

Course Description

This course introduces students to the UN Sustainable Development Goal (UNSDG) 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions) within the context of ongoing rule of law efforts amongst participating nations in the Belt and Road Initiative. It covers various governance strategies to promote those reforms in the realm of economic relations, development finance and security management. It offers a fresh insight into how relational governance continues to play an important role towards rule-based governance strategies. In addition, it pays particular attention to the underlying factors and relationships that determine whether or not international norms dealing with economic, development and security relationships can gain root, and thus, the likelihood that those norms will govern their relationships in the long-term.

Course Component(s)

Mode of Teaching: Synchronous + Recordings

Type : Lecture + Discussion

Learning Outcomes 

Critical thinking, cross-cultural exchange, global citizenship

Course-specific Restrictions

English proficiency (oral and written)


Prof. Dr. Matthias Vanhullebusch is a professor of international law at the KoGuan Law School of Shanghai Jiao Tong University and a visiting professor in various training programmes organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross across Asia. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Geneva Academy (2018), the Oxford Institute for Ethics and Law of Armed Conflict (2019) and the Asia-Pacific Centre for Military Law, University of Melbourne (2020).

Prof. Dr. Wang Heng is a professor and co-director of University of New South Wales’ Law & Justice's Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Centre (Sydney, Australia), the largest centre in this field outside China. He is also a co-director of the Tsinghua-UNSW Joint Research Centre for International Commercial and Economic Law. Prof. Wang has been recognized domestically and internationally for his contributions in the fields of international economic development and Chinese law.


  1. Short essay : 100 %


Matthias Vanhullebusch: matthias.vanhullebusch@gmail.com

Tianqi Zhou: zhoutianqi@sjtu.edu.cn