About the Centre


Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Centre is the world’s largest centre outside China for the research and teaching of international business and economic law issues focusing on the impact of China domestically, in Asia Pacific and internationally. Established in 2015, CIBEL membership boasts the largest number of Chinese scholars of international business and economic law in any law school outside China, alongside pre-eminent Australian experts in CIBEL issues.  The Centre has a partnership with Herbert Smith Freehills.

CIBEL research provides essential objective insights into China and its impact. China is Australia’s largest trade partner and its influence on the country, within the region and internationally is growing. Current political difficulties do not change these facts. In fact, they make the study of China in the context of international business and economic law more critically important for business, policy makers and other stakeholders than it was previously.

In 2018, Herbert Smith Freehills, one of the world’s leading law firms, came on board as the major sponsor of CIBEL. As a leading global law firm with deep expertise in international economic law and understanding of China’s dynamic business environment, corporate culture and regulatory and political landscape, Herbert Smith Freehills is the perfect partner for this initiative.


To lead the world in international business and economic law and practice, examining issues around China and its impact on Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and internationally, with high quality strategic academic research providing timely, cutting-edge views on significant stakeholder issues, facilitating informed debate and providing trusted advice for business, government, international organisations, the judiciary, and the legal profession around key issues such as trade and investment, digital currency and finance, digitisation, sustainable development and international dispute resolution.



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