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Dr Matthieu Burnay, LLB and BA (Saint Louis-Brussels), MSc (PKU), MSc (LSE), PhD (Leuven)

Lecturer in Global Law

Email: m.burnay@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 2150
Room Number: Mile End

Profile

Dr Matthieu Burnay is a Lecturer in Global Law at Queen Mary University of London. He has an interdisciplinary background in law, political science and history. He holds a PhD in Law from the University of Leuven and a Double MSc degree in International Affairs from Peking University and the London School of Economics. At Queen Mary, Dr Burnay teaches the undergraduate courses: Law and Globalisation as well as Chinese Law and Institutions. He also serves as Academic Coordinator for the LLB programme in Global Law and Academic Coordinator for the Association of Transnational Law Schools (ATLAS). In 2017-2018, he is also a Visiting Professor at Beijing Normal University.

Dr Burnay was previously a Senior Researcher at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, University of Leuven. He was also a Lecturer at the University of Liege, University Saint Louis- Brussels (Belgium), as well as the Catholic University of Lille (France).

His main research interests are in global law and governance; the study of the political and legal aspects of EU-China relations in global governance; as well as the comparative study of the rule of law in Europe and Asia. He is particularly interested in the relationship between international law and Chinese law in the areas of international security and trade governance. His recent works include Chinese Perspectives on the Rule of Law and the International Rule of Law (Edward Elgar, to be published 2018) and a co-edited volume on China, the European Union, and the Developing World (Edward Elgar, 2015).

Dr Burnay has recently given visiting lectures at Seoul National University, Ghent University, Catholic University of Louvain, University Saint Louis-Brussels, University of Göttingen, and McDaniel College (Maryland). He has been consulted on China-related issues by the European Parliament, the European Council, the EU Committee of the Regions, and the Belgian Ministry of Justice. In 2014, he received a Scientific Prize Gustave Boël - Sofina Fellowship from the King Baudouin Foundation.

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Law6453: Chinese Law and Institutions
  • Law6003: Law and Globalisation: Companies, International Trade and Human Rights.

Research

Works in progress

  • Paper on ‘China: Towards a New Understanding of Global Justice’: This paper aims to contextualise China’s own understanding of global justice looking more particularly at the historical foundations of China’s first encounters with international law and China’s recent practice in international adjudication. (together with Marta Hermez)
  • Paper on ‘Coherence, Strategy and Legitimacy – Variations of a Theme in the Case of EU-China Relations’: This paper argues that following the ‘EU Global Strategy’ (2016), the EU currently foresees two modes of governance in EU external action: a ‘coherence mode’ and a ‘strategy mode’. After outlining these two modes of EU external action, the paper looks into EU-China relations to identify empirical evidence. (together with Kolja Raube)
  • Paper on China and Global Governance: Towards a Low-Cost Global Legal Order? This paper analyses the Chinese perspectives on the roles that regulatory structures and laws shall play in the orchestration of global governance. In this line, the paper will investigate the extent to which China tends to confirm, reform, or even overthrow the existing (dis-)equilibrium between law and power politics in global governance.

Publications

Books

  • Matthieu Burnay, The Chinese Perspectives on the Rule of Law and the International Rule of Law, Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2018
  • Jan Wouters, Jean-Christophe Defraigne and Matthieu Burnay (eds), China, the European Union and the Developing World: A Triangular Relationship, Edward Elgar, 2015, 529 pp.

International Journals (peer-reviewed)

  • Matthieu Burnay, Kolja Raube and Jan Wouters (eds), Special Issue on ‘The Rule of Law as a Strategic Priority in EU External Action’, Asia-Europe Journal, Volume 14, Issue 1, March 2016
  • Matthieu Burnay, Joëlle Hivonnet and Kolja Raube, ‘The Case for an EU-China Rule of Law Dialogue : The Squaring of a Circle ?’, Asia-Europe Journal, Volume 14, Issue 1, March 2016, pp. 95-106
  • Kolja Raube, Matthieu Burnay and Jan Wouters, ‘The Rule of Law as a Strategic Priority in EU External Action – Conceptualization and Implementation of EU Law and Policies’, Asia-Europe Journal, Volume 14, Issue 1, March 2016, pp. 1-6
  • Jan Wouters and Matthieu Burnay (eds), Special Issue on ‘The International Rule of Law: European and Asian Perspectives’, Belgian Review of International Law, 2013-2, 2014, pp. 297-403
  • Matthieu Burnay and Jan Wouters, ‘China in the UN Security Council: What are the Implications for the International Rule of law?’, Belgian Review of International Law, 2013-2, 2014, pp. 343-363
  • Matthieu Burnay and Jan Wouters, ‘Introduction: The International Rule of Law: European and Asian Perspectives’, Belgian Review of International Law, 2013-2, 2014, pp. 299-306
  • Matthieu Burnay, Joëlle Hivonnet and Kolja Raube, “’Soft Diplomacy’ and People-to-People Dialogue between the EU and the PRC: A Tool for a Truly Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, or Simply a Framework of Last Resort?”, European Foreign Affairs Review, Volume 19, Issue 3, 2014, pp. 35-55.

Other Journals

  • Matthieu Burnay and Michaël Maira, ‘Se Rassurer pour Etre Rassurante’, La Revue Nouvelle, April 2013, pp. 58-64
  • Matthieu Burnay, ‘Introduction: La Chine une Puissance Incertaine? ‘, La Revue Nouvelle, April 2013, pp. 26-28
  • Matthieu Burnay and Michaël Maira (eds), ‘Chine: Menaces ou Opportunités?’, La Revue Nouvelle, April 2013.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

  • Matthieu Burnay, ‘‘Soft Legal Transplants’: EU-China Relations at A Glance’ in Jing Men (ed) The EU and China: Reform and Governance, Routledge, 2017, pp. 17-32
  • Matthieu Burnay, ‘Zooming Out of A Triangle: The Chinese Perspectives on the Rule of Law, Democracy, and Human Rights’ in Takao Suami, Mattias Kumm, Anne Peters, and Dimitri Vanoverbeke (eds), Global Constitutionalism from European and East Asian Perspectives, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2017
  • Matthieu Burnay and Jan Wouters, ‘The EU and China in the WTO: What Contribution to the International Rule of Law? – Reflections in Light of the Raw Materials and Rare Earths Disputes’ in Jianwei Wang and Weiqing Song (eds), China, the European Union, and International Politics of Global Governance, Palgrave MacMillan, 2016
  • Matthieu Burnay, Jean-Christophe Defraigne and Jan Wouters, ‘China, the European Union and the Developing World: Analyzing and Comparing a Triangular Relationship Region by Region’ in Jan Wouters, Jean-Christophe Defraigne and Matthieu Burnay (eds), China, the European Union and the Developing World : A Triangular Relationship, Edward Elgar, 2015, pp. 1-18
  • Jan Wouters and Matthieu Burnay, ‘The EU and Asia in the United Nations Security Council’ in Thomas Christiansen, Emil Kirchner and Philomena Murray (eds), Handbook of EU-Asia Relations, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, pp. 392-405
  • Jan Wouters and Matthieu Burnay, ‘China and the European Union in the World Trade Organization: Living Apart Together?’ in Jan Wouters, Tanguy de Wilde, Pierre Defraigne and Jean-Christophe Defraigne (eds), China, the European Union and the Restructuring of Global  Governance, Edward Elgar, 2012, pp. 79-97
  • Jan Wouters and Matthieu Burnay, ‘Concluding Remarks: China-EU Relations in a Moving International Arena: Which Way Forward?’ in Jan Wouters, Tanguy de Wilde, Pierre Defraigne and Jean-Christophe Defraigne (eds), China, the European Union and the Restructuring of Global  Governance, Edward Elgar, 2012, pp. 325-330.

PhD Supervision

Dr Burnay welcomes proposals for doctoral supervision in the following areas:

  • Chinese Law
  • Chinese perspectives on international law
  • Legal history of China
  • Global law and governance
  • Comparative studies on the rule of law and the international rule of law
  • Legal and political aspects of EU-China relations.

Jury Member for the PhD dissertation of Wenjia Wang (University Saint Louis-Brussels and Catholic University of Louvain) on ‘Economic Interdependence in China-ASEAN Relations: Whither Peace? - An Analysis of the Impact of China-ASEAN Economic Interdependence on the Geopolitics of the South China Sea Dispute’, February 2017.

Member of the Supervisory Committee for the PhD dissertation of Yang Hai (KU Leuven) on ‘A Comparative Analysis of the Structural Foreign Policy of the EU and China in the International System’.

Public Engagement

  • Public Lecture on ‘Chinese Perspectives on Europe :Many Belt(s), Many Road(s)?’ in the context of the Lecture Series on ‘Recalibrating Europe: Crossroads, Silk Roads and Transformative Global Maps’ organised by the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, University of Leuven, 24 November 2017.
  • Public lecture on ‘Chinese Perspectives on Human Rights and the Rule of Law: Towards a Low-Cost Legal System?’ in the context of the Lecture Series on ‘Under Siege: Human Rights and the Rule of Law’ organised by the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, University of Leuven, 23 November 2017.
  • Presentation of a Paper on ‘China: Towards a New Understanding of Global Justice?’ at the 11th Pan-European Conference on International Relations organised by the European International Studies Association, Barcelona, 16 September 2017 (together with Ms. Marta Hermez)
  • Presentation of a Paper on ‘Strategy, Coherence, and Legitimacy – Variations of a Theme in the Case of EU-China Relations’, at the 11th Pan–European Conference on International Relations organised by the European Insternational Studies Association, Barcelona, 16 September 2017 (together with Dr. Kolja Raube).
  • Presentation at the Briefing Seminar on ‘Four Years of the Belt and Road Initiative:  Perspectives from Europe’, European Institute for Asian Studies, 12 September 2017, Brussels.
  • Presentation on Challenges and Prospects for EU-China Cooperation in Global Governance at the Roundtable on ‘EU Politics and Foreign Policy in EU-China Relations’, European Policy Centre, 6 September 2017, Brussels.

Policy Reports and Consultancy

  • Matthieu Burnay and Marta Hermez, ‘EU Preventive Diplomacy in the South China Sea’ in Guy Banim and Eva Pejsova (eds), Prevention Better than Cure: The EU’s Quiet Diplomacy in Asia, EUISS Report n. 33, 2017, pp. 40-46.
  • Matthieu Burnay and Pierre Schmitt, ‘Regulatory Fitness and Performance (REFIT) Programme: EU Regulatory Bottlenecks and Administrative Burdens at Local and Regional Level’, Study for the EU Committee of the Regions, 2017.  
  • Matthieu Burnay, Matthias Deneckere, Volker Haucke, and Kolja Raube, ‘Does the EU Have the Right Instruments to Finance Assitance in Enduring Crises and the Needs of Upper Middle Income Countries?’, Study for the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, 2016.  
  • Matthieu Burnay, ‘A Test Case for China’s Adherence to the International Rule of Law’ in Eva Pejsova (ed), Sense and Sensibility – Addressing the South China Sea Disputes, EUISS Report, n°28, 2016, pp. 30-33.
  • Matthieu Burnay, Kolja Raube and Jan Wouters, ‘China's Foreign Policy and External Relations’, Study for the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, 2015.
  • Axel Marx, Jan Wouters, Woosik Moon, Yeongseop Rhee, Sunhee Park and Matthieu Burnay (eds), ‘EU-Korea Relations in a Changing World’, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, Report submitted to the European External Action Service, 2013.
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