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Emerging countries at the heart of the global-scale equilibria

Pays émergents au cœur des grands équilibres mondiaux

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Published on Tuesday, March 23, 2021


En vue de préparer le colloque international qui se tiendra le 26 novembre 2021 sur le thème des pays émergents au cœur des grands équilibres mondiaux, l’Association internationale de droit économique (A.I.D.E.), le centre de recherche Droit, entreprise et société de l’UCLouvain (CRIDES), le Centre de recherche sur le droit des marchés et des investissements internationaux (CREDIMI) de l’université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté et l’université de Liège lancent un appel à contribution. Cet appel s’adresse non seulement aux chercheurs en sciences juridiques, mais aussi aux autres disciplines comme les sciences politiques et économiques, les relations internationales, ou la philosophie.



The Association internationale de droit économique (AIDE), the University of Bourgogne Franche-Comté, the University of Liège and the UCLouvain invite you to participate in a conference to be held in Brussels (or online) on 26 November 2021, to discuss the place of emerging countries in the major world balances.

During the conference of 24 October 2019 we identified elements of the notion of emerging countries and noted that they are looking for ways to rebalance power on the international scene. Research must be continued to determine whether their influence in many areas leads to a restructuring of international relations. After exploring international economic law in a comprehensive way, the aim is to examine in detail the positions of emerging countries on economic, political and legal issues: trade, capital flows, competition, defence autonomy, regional or global leadership, innovation and intellectual property, energy and climate, and the functioning of international organisations. The conference is therefore intended to be multidisciplinary.

This second conference is organised by Leïla Choukroune, Henri Culot, Hocine Sadok, Hélène Tourard and Philippe Vincent. The papers presented will be published. Participants are expected to have the text of their manuscript available one week before the event.


The few elements indicated below give an idea of the structure envisaged for the conference. Participants who wish to offer an oral intervention are asked to take these reflections as a starting point or source of inspiration for their subject, but they may also propose any other subject that could enrich the debates.

I. Emerging countries and dynamism of the globalised economy A. Business performance in emerging countries: combining efficiency and innovation

Does the development of emerging countries depend on the rise of companies considered as world leaders in their field? Is the success of these companies based on innovation or imitation? Do these companies benefit from support from their home countries?

B. The threat of a debt crisis in emerging countries and its management by international bodies (IMF, Paris Club, G20, UNCTAD)

Does the emergence of developing countries create a new debt crisis? Is the cost of infrastructures financed by China within the framework of the New Silk Roads sustainable for the beneficiary countries? What solutions are envisaged or implemented to relieve overindebted countries? Do the international financial institutions (IMF, WB) have a specific approach for emerging countries?

C. Foreign direct investment

Does emergence lead to a shift in investment flows, which would now come from emerging countries to developed countries? Does this change the respective positions of countries concerning investment protection? What are the causes and effects of the refusal of some countries to maintain legal protection for foreign direct investment through bilateral investment treaties and arbitration mechanisms developed during the 20th century? What is the role of sovereign wealth funds and should they be regulated?

D. Competition law

Is emergence promoted by the development of monopolies, tolerance of cartels or by state aid and subsidies? Is there a need to develop or strengthen global rules to protect competition? Are competition rules being used for protectionist purposes?

II. Emerging countries and major global (im)balances A. Institutional aspects; participation in international organisations

Does emergence change the position or activity of States in multilateral international organisations? Is there a regrouping of States into regional hubs around the major emerging countries? Are emerging countries working together within international organisations to defend a common interest?

B. Power issues; regional and world powers; military and geostrategic developments

Does emergence translate into territorial ambitions? Is the development of a space industry a sign or a factor of emergence? Are international sanctions (political, economic) and embargoes (partial) reactions to the emergence of the targeted countries?

C. Climate and sustainable development approaches

How can the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities be applied? Should the notions of development, developing countries and emerging countries be reviewed with regard to sustainable development? How do emerging countries cooperate with each other or help less developed countries? Is Europe's policy of using its trade power to promote sustainable development effective?

D. Access to medicines and vaccines for emerging countries; "vaccine diplomacy"

Does the covid 19 pandemic alter previously established balances? Do international trade rules help or hinder the fight against the pandemic and, more generally, against major diseases? Has the development and distribution of vaccines been used strategically or diplomatically? What conclusions can be drawn from the application of TRIPS and its amendment since the early 2000s?

E. South-South cooperation

Does emergence cause an increase in cooperation between the so-called "southern" countries? Does the development of this cooperation allow the emergence of the poorest countries? Are the countries that have recently emerged from a situation of extreme poverty concerned about helping those that are still among the least developed?

III. Refusal of “westernisation” A. Values, national identities, sovereignty

Is a strong national identity a factor of emergence? Are there tensions, within emerging countries, between traditional values and economic development?

B. Rejection of the rule of law and of Western-style democracy

Is an authoritarian political regime a favourable factor for emergence? Does emergence strengthen or weaken the political regime? Does emergence promote a better protection of human rights?

C. Position in relation to Western normative systems

Are the legal concepts of private property, investment protection and intellectual property specific to Western culture? Do emerging countries adhere to or reject the major legal and economic principles of liberal/capitalist systems? Are these principles specific to "Western" culture or are they the sign of a certain degree of economic development?


The contributions and participation to this conference are organised around the following principles:

  • This call is addressed not only to researchers in law, but also to other disciplines such as political and economic sciences, international relations, or philosophy.
  • The conference is open to university researchers at all levels of seniority, from doctoral students upwards. The organisers particularly encourage young researchers to participate.
  • Participation is open to all, upon prior registration, and does not depend on an oral intervention.
  • Those who wish to contribute more actively to the conference are asked to propose a 15-minute oral intervention on a subject of their choice. Participation implies the obligation to submit a written contribution no later than one week before the conference.
  • The conference will be held in two languages; participants may choose between French and English at their discretion. There will be no translation. Therefore, we assume that all participants understand both languages.
  • The selection commitee is composed of professors Henri Culot (UCLouvain, Belgique), Hélène Tourard (Université de Bourgogne) and Philippe Vincent (Université de Liège, Belgique).


Speakers are invited to propose a subject of their choice by sending an abstract of no more than two pages to Ms Ariane Robyn (ariane.robyn@uclouvain.be)

before 19 April 2021.

The results of the selection will then be communicated at the end of April. The number of interventions will be limited, for the sole purpose of stimulating the debate among the participants.

A contribution to the reimbursement of travel expenses may be requested and will be granted within the limits of available funds.


  • Brussels, Belgium (1000)


  • Monday, April 19, 2021


  • pays émergents, monde, développement, relations internationales, droit international économique, mondialisation, équilibres mondiaux


  • Ariane Robyn
    courriel : ariane [dot] robyn [at] uclouvain [dot] be

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  • Ariane Robyn
    courriel : ariane [dot] robyn [at] uclouvain [dot] be


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