NCLC General Research Questions
The Netherlands China Law Centre studies:
- How and under what conditions does regulation help mitigate risks originating from economic behavior in China?
- What are the theoretical and comparative implications for regulatory design and implementation that can be drawn from Chinese regulatory experiences?
The centre focuses especially on how regulation is implemented in practice by analyzing how and why Chinese state and non-state actors enforce and invoke (legal and other) regulatory norms, and also why Chinese enterprises comply with or violate these norms. Using the answers to these questions the Centre then seeks to draw out implications for regulatory design, both in terms of combining state, society and market instruments of regulation, as well as finding proper mixtures of implementation mechanisms involving governmental, civil society and economic actors.
Within this topic the centre has the following areas of specialization:
- industrial pollution,
- unsafe work conditions,
- the production of unsafe consumer products,
- illegal land usage,
- intellectual property rights infringements.
Theoretically, the centre seeks to contribute to regulatory theory. This is done by studying the possible implications of Chinese regulatory design and implementation for existing theories about regulatory policymaking, rulemaking, regulatory enforcement and regulatory compliance, which have so far largely been drawn from Western democratic states and have so far failed to capture how regulation functions and can be implemented in the increasingly important context of emerging markets such as China.