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The Brussels Effect: How the European Union Rules the World

Workshop with Professor Anu Bradford at HKU Law

Professor Anu Bradford, in her book 'The Brussels Effect: How the European Union Rules the World', challenges the notion that the EU is in decline. She argues that the EU maintains its status as a global superpower, influencing the world by promulgating regulations and catalyzing Europeanization.


In-person | 21 Sept, 12:00 – 13:00 GMT+8 | Academic Conference Rm, 11F, HKU Law Blg, Centennial Campus, HKU, 78 Pok Fu Lam Rd, Sai Wan, Hong Kong | Register through Philip K.H. Wong Centre for Chinese Law site


Anu Bradford describes the Brussels Effect as the EU's power to regulate global markets independently, without needing help from other nations. This gives the EU the ability to shape the world in its image and elevate standards worldwide, including in areas such as competition regulation, data protection, consumer safety, and environmental protection. Unlike other forms of global influence, the Brussels Effect doesn't involve forcing EU standards on anyone - instead, market forces often lead multinational companies to voluntarily follow EU rules. This gives the EU a unique and significant power to transform global markets.


This book is available on Amazon UK


This workshop is chaired by Dr. Giuliano G. Castellano, Associate Professor at the HKU Faculty of Law and Deputy Director at the Asian Institute of International Financial Law, The University of Hong Kong. Follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Anu Bradford is Professor of Law, Henry L. Moses Professor of International Law and Organizations at Columbia Law School. Follow her on LinkedIn.


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