Towards Global Justice with Chinese Characteristics

28 Pages Posted: 7 Jul 2018  

Matthieu Burnay

Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies

Marta Hermez

KU Leuven, Institute for International Law, Students

Date Written: July 3, 2018

Abstract

This paper aims to contextualise China’s own understanding of global justice in global governance. The paper does not only uncover China’s traditional understanding of justice and global justice as purveyors of order and stability, it also analyses the very pragmatic and instrumental Chinese views on the global institutional order that should be conducive to that ideal. This pragmatic and instrumental stance is obvious in China’s support for a restrictive understanding of the sovereignty concept; ambiguous support for a reform of the global governance architecture; and preference for non-binding settlements to resolve international disputes. The paper demonstrates that China’s approach to and appreciation of the South China Sea Arbitration is exemplary thereof. The paper also argues that there is a real momentum for the EU to further engage with China in support of the strengthening global justice.

Keywords: China, global governance, global justice, South China Sea

Suggested Citation

Burnay, Matthieu and Hermez, Marta, Towards Global Justice with Chinese Characteristics (July 3, 2018). GLOBUS Research Paper 10/2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3207145 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3207145

Matthieu Burnay (Contact Author)

Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies ( email )

Van Evenstraat 2B
Charles Deberiotstraat 34
Leuven, B-3000
Belgium

Marta Hermez

KU Leuven, Institute for International Law, Students ( email )

Tiensestraat 41
Leuven, 3000
Belgium

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