This month Peking University’s School of Transnational Law hosted on conferences on soft law and on the topic of facts and evidence, in which I was pleased to participate. The workshop on “The Use of Soft Law by National Courts and Public Authorities: An EU-China Comparison” was held in cooperation with the China-EU School of Law at the China University of Political Science and Law. This is a growing topic, as the EU, Member States and China each seek to regulate a bewildering range of issues with rules of varying degrees of ‘bindingness’. Many thanks to the organizers, including STL’s Prof Francis Snyder.

During my session, I presented the beginnings of a comparative study of soft law instruments to make finance more environmentally sustainable in both the EU and China.

Later in the same week, STL hosted an “International Conference on Facts and Evidence — A Dialogue between Law and History“, organised by STL Prof Thomas Man and colleagues. This was of particular fascination to me as someone who majored in History for my BA.

The session I moderated included a diverse set of “Case Studies in History and Law”, from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to the trial of Socrates.