Chunlei Zhao is a PhD candidate in international economic law at Maastricht University, under the supervision of Prof.dr. Peter Van den Bossche and dr. Denise Prévost. The topic of her PhD project is "The Dispute Settlement Mechanisms in a China-EU Free Trade and Investment Agreement".
China and the EU are currently negotiating a free trade and investment agreement in an effort to further bilateral economic ties. This research aims at analysing the possible dispute settlement mechanisms both China and the EU may argue for during the negotiations. Such an analysis is based on the study of both parties’ approaches to this issue in the past and, presently, with regard to other international trade and investment agreements. It also explores the different legal traditions of China and the EU regarding international trade and investment dispute resolution reflected in their domestic judicial systems, in order to understand the values each party is attempting to protect through such mechanisms.