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Emerging countries at the heart of major global balances

Pays émergents au cœur des grands équilibres mondiaux

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Published on Thursday, October 21, 2021


The purpose of the conference is to discuss the place of emerging countries in the major world balances. During a previous conference held on 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, debt and capital flows, competition, regional or global leadership, environment, climate, health and CSR, and the functioning of international organisations. The conference is therefore intended to be multidisciplinary.



25/11/21 First day      


Emerging countries and dynamism of the globalised economy

Chair  Henri Culot, Professeur, UCLouvain, Belgique, administrateur et secrétaire général de l’A.I.D.E.

  • 14.15 Accueil
  • 14.30 Introduction
  • 14.40 Digitisation in emerging countries, cross-cutting issues and local specificities Elena Signorini, (Adjunct Professor of labour law and welfare law and Senior research fellow at the University of Bergamo, Italy) [En français | In French] Maria Beatrice Pagani, (Collaborator of the University of Bergamo and Phd candidate in Labour, Development and Innovation, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia - Marco Biagi Foundation) [In English]
  • 15.00 Dealing with a Sovereign Debt Pandemic in the Era of Deglobalization and Global Imbalances Georgios Pavlidis (Jean Monnet Chair Associate Professor of International and EU Law Neapolis University Pafos, Cyprus)  [In English]
  • 15.20 Towards the emergence of an international framework for restructuring the debt of developing countries? Léna Chercheneff (MCF en droit public, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France) [In French]
  • 15.40 Questions

16.00 break

  • 16.15 China’s approach to investment policy-making. Bridging the gap from rhetoric to practice Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder (Executive Director, IISD Europe, and Senior Director, Economic Law and Policy, IISD), Sofia Baliño and Joe Zhang  [In English]
  • 16.35 Enhancing competition in privatization processes in Brazil Vinícius Klein (Professor of Law and Economics at Paraná Federal University, Brazil), Fernanda Zampieri Rodrigues (University of São Paulo Law student, Brazil) [In English]
  • 16.55 Algeria, an emerging country, perpetual candidate for accession to the WTO Mustapha Menouer (professeur en droit économique à l’Université d’Oran 2, Algérie)  [In French]
  • 17.15 Questions

 End of the first day

26/11/21 | Second day

Emerging countries and global (im)balances

Chair | Philippe Vincent, Professeur associé, Université de Liège, Belgique

  • 8.45  Accueil | Welcome address
  • 9.00  Introduction          
  • 9.10 China and multilateralism in the new millennium Hilaire de Prince Pokam (Professeur de Relations Internationales Université de Dschang, Cameroun)  [In French]
  • 9.30 Should the notions of development, developing countries and emerging countries be reviewed with regard to sustainable development? Océane Bonnard (Université de Grenoble, France)  [In French]
  • 9.50 Environmental ethics in the legal discourse of emerging countries Raphaël Maurel (MCF Université de Bourgogne Franche Comté, France) [In French]

10.10 Break

  • 10.30 Dialogue with the stakeholders and sustainable corporate governance as a means to a more balanced relationship between multinational groups and local communities Jean-Marc Gollier (Maître de conférences à l’UCLouvain, Belgique) [In French]
  • 10.50 Pandemic, access to vaccines and medicines : what (im)balances ? Aïda Caïd Essebsi (Maître de conférences agrégée à la faculté des sciences juridiques, politiques et sociales de Tunis, Tunisie)  [In French]
  • 11.10 The rise of emerging countries in sub-Saharan Africa security governance Brice Techimo Tafempa (Docteur en Science Politique option Relations Internationales, Université de Dschang, Cameroun)  [In French]
  • 11.30 Questions

12.00 Lunch break

South-south cooperation in africa

Chair Hélène Tourard, MCF Université de Bourgogne Franche Comté, France

  • 14.00 Introduction          
  • 14.10 OHADA law, a factor in the emergence of sub-Saharan African countries Gérard Blanc (Professeur émérite à la Faculté de droit et de science politique de l’Université d’Aix-Marseille, France et membre du Conseil d’administration de l‘INEADEC) [In French]
  • 14.30 Cross-border African cooperation at a crossroad Cristiano d’Orsi (Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer South African Research Chair in International Law (SARCIL) Faculty of Law, University of Johannesburg, South Africa) [In English]
  • 14.50 Emerging countries as key players in the institutionalisation process in Africa? The example of the South African presidency and the implementation of the AfCFTA Aminata Diaby (Doctorante à l‘Université de Bourgogne Franche Comté) [In French]
  • 15.10 Questions

15.30 Break

Refusal of « westernisation »

Chair Hélène Tourard, MCF Université de Bourgogne Franche Comté, France

  • 15.50 The construction of the good regime by non-Western cultures Christophe Essomba (Doctorant en science politique à l’université de Yaoundé II-Soa, Cameroun)  [In French]
  • 16.10 Emerging countries and democracy in African south-south cooperation Guetwende Lionnel Aymard Bontogo (ATER doctorant en droit Public, Centre de recherche Michel de l’Hospital (CMH) Clermont-Auvergne, France) [In French]
  • 16.30 The attitude of emerging countries towards law Mahmoud Mohamed Salah (Professeur à l’Université de Nouakchott, Mauritanie) [In French]
  • 16.50 Questions
  • 17.00 Concluding remarks Hocine Sadok, Maître de conférences en droit public et Doyen de la Faculté des sciences économiques, sociales et juridiques de l’Université de Haute-Alsace (France)


  • Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles - Salle P02 - Boulevard du Jardin Botanique 43
    Brussels, Belgium (1000)

Event attendance modalities

Hybrid event (on site and online)


  • Thursday, November 25, 2021
  • Friday, November 26, 2021


  • pays émergent, droit économique


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

Reference Urls

Information source

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


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« Emerging countries at the heart of major global balances », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Thursday, October 21, 2021, https://doi.org/10.58079/17gm

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