The current issue of the Minnesota Law Review, issue 4 of volume 102, publishes papers from a special symposium on decentralisation and development held at the Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong on 14-15 March 2017. It is co-edited by Shitong Qiao (HKU Law) and Richard Epstein (NYU Law). A group of Asian and American scholars working in the areas of law, economics, and political science debated and discussed questions including what does decentralisation mean, how do we best measure decentralisation, is interjurisdictional competition a race to the bottom or a race to the top, is decentralization desirable in the context of China and other jurisdictions and so on. The symposium was co-sponsored by New York University's Classical Liberal Institute and HKU's Centre for Chinese Law. In addition to co-authoring the introduction with Professor Epstein, Dr Qiao also authored "Rights-Weakening Federalism" and co-authored "Binding Leviathan: Credible Commitment in an Authoritarian Regime" in this special issue. All articles are freely accessible here.
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