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Published online: September 1, 2019

The Discourse with Chinese Characteristics: An CHEN on International Economic Law

Fan Yang
Xiamen University
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Prof. An CHEN, an esteemed 90-year-old international economic law scholar and practitioner in China, for sure should be categorized as the hedgehog type. In his most recent masterpiece published in 2018 by Peking University Press–The Discourse with Chinese Characteristics: An CHEN on International Economic Law, the “one big thing” and the “single central vision” that Prof. CHEN advances is clear. Undoubtedly, the pursuit and preservation of economic sovereignty, especially from the standpoint of the non-hegemonic states, is commonly acknowledged to be Prof. CHEN’s ultimate academic ideal. This theme is repeatedly present throughout the book series, as the foundation for his theoretical reasoning or practical suggestions for international economic law.

Keywords : Prof. An CHEN, International Economic Law, The Discourse with Chinese Characteristics

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