China

Governance of Public Opinion in the Age of Platforms: A Study of China

Jufang Wang, a former news editor in China and academic visitor at the BBC and Oxford University, offers insights into China’s news transformation and Internet governance in the platform age. She argues that the Chinese state has adjusted its Internet regulatory framework to target major digital media platforms such as WeChat, Weibo and Toutiao and requires them to take the “main responsibilites” in governing their sites. Such a new approach leads to what she calls “state governance through platforms”. 

eCommerce Week 2019: Dr Ying Yu advises UN on how blockchain technology can be used to protect consumer rights

FLJS Research Fellow and Oxford One Belt One Road programme Deputy Director Dr Ying Yu delivered a talk at the United Nations during eCommerce Week 2019, at an event in Geneva on 3 April, advising the UN on how blockchain technology can be used in the development of international, cross-border consumer protection practices.

Legal and Regulatory Challenges of the Sharing Economy

Uber

This policy brief examines the issues raised by the emergence of huge companies such as Uber in the UK and Didi in China that operate in the so-called ‘sharing economy’. The business model of these companies represents a fundamental realignment of the relations between capital and labour, and raises questions about the liability for public safety, the need to preserve the jobs of traditional ‘offline’ operators, and the unfair use of consumers’ personal data.

The authors examine recent cases involving Uber and Transport for London which saw the company’s licence temprarily suspended, and the 2016 ruling in favour of two Uber drivers which recognized them as employees under UK employment law, rather than as independent contractors or self-employed.

The brief concludes that the rapid expansion and diversification of the sharing economy requires carefully crafted measures that can be implemented by existing regulatory bodies, or by new and alternative forms of regulators altogether.

FLJS Fellow Dr Ying Yu presents research at United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

FLJS Research Fellow Dr Ying Yu, Programme Coordinator of the FLJS Consumer Rights in China programme and Deputy Director of the Oxford University One Belt One Road (OBOR) programme, presented her research on dispute resolution and consumer protection at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on 9-13 July at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Reinterpreting Confucius’ Ideas on Law, Justice and Society

Dr Ying Yu gives a bold reinterpretation of Confucian thought, drawing parallels between Eastern and Western jurisprudence to challenge the conventional wisdom that the two major civilizations have developed along entirely different lines.

Dr Yu recounts her own experience of the banning of Confucianism during the Cultural Revolution, and argues that, over the course of the few decades since the ban was lifted, insufficient scholarship has been devoted to the Classical Chinese of the original Confucian scripts.

Reinterpreting Confucius’ Ideas on Law, Justice and Society

In this lecture, Dr Ying Yu will challenge conventional assumptions that China and the West have developed wholly different understandings of society, relations among its members, and between the people and government. Through a close analysis of Confucius’ ideas, based on the original script, Dr Yu will show how similar they are to the jurisprudential foundations of western societies, offering the basis for an entirely new approach.