China's One Belt One Road
09:00 to 17:00
End date
14 September 2017
Gulbenkian Lecture Theatre, Faculty of Law, St Cross Building, St Cross Road, Oxford OX1 3UL
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 - 9:00am to Thursday, 14 September 2017 - 5:00pm


First Belt Road Initiative Summit

An associated event organized by the Oxford One Belt One Road programme


The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road, also known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) or One Belt, One Road (OBOR), is an ambitious project proposed by the Chairman of China Xi Jinping to connect East and the West through the creation of a new economic superhighway. 

Running from Asia to Europe via Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, West Asia, and the Middle East, the trade route is intended to enhance the free flow of economic goods and the efficient allocation of resources by expanding business cooperation between the People's Republic of China and the rest of the OBOR countries and districts. The strategy underlines China's push to assume a greater role in global affairs and its ambition to boost trade and stimulate economic growth across Asia and beyond.

The purpose of the Annual Belt Road Initiative Summit is to provide a forum in which leading international scholars, practitioners, industry professionals, and policymakers can come together to present and discuss current developments concerning OBOR, the challenges facing it, and its future directions.

The 1st BRI Summit is organized by the Oxford University OBOR Programme.

Day 1 Programme and Sessions:

1. Opening Remarks

2. Case Studies of OBOR Projects

3. The OBOR and the Law

4. The UK's Responses to OBOR


Day 2 Programme and Sessions (TBC):

1. OBOR Legal and Regulatory Infrastructure
2. E-commerce and Cross-border Transactions
3. Cyber Security
4. Consumer Protection
5. Dispute Resolution: Forms and Processes
6. Trade, Finance, and Investment
7. Culture Heritage
8. Science: New Horizons
9. Judicial Cooperation and Practice

To register for the event, please visit the Summit Registration page.

For all enquiries, please contact: