China and the Future of the International Legal Order

Earlier this month Professor Katherine Morton took part in a podcast with Chatham House looking at China and the future of the international legal order.

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Podcast overview


  • Bill Hayton, Associate Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House
  • Kerry Brown, Professor of Chinese Studies and Director, Lau China Institute, King’s College London; Associate Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House
  • Katherine Morton, Professor of China's International Relations, School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield; Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources Department, Chatham House

At the end of 2014, China announced its intention to become a normative power but what kind of normative power will it be? The speakers explore how China’s view of the international legal order might be affected by the Trump administration particularly if the US pulls back from its multilateral agreements. Could this create a gap for rising powers such as China? And how might China respond to the possible opportunities it presents?

This podcast is part of a joint project between the International Law Programme and the Asia Programme at Chatham House.

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