Public Lecture

China in the International System of Technical Standardization

China in the International System of Technical Standardization

01.06.2021 - 01.06.2021

14.30-16.30 (Paris time)

Zoom Webinar


This conference will explore multilateral implications of a new technological leadership, shifting from the United States towards China. Given that the technologies at the heart of China’s industrial planning are designed to increase the integration of global supply chains, China’s role in shaping the global standards allowing for this increased integration is gaining prominence. Juliette Genevaz compare China’s behavior in four international technical standardization bodies: the International Standardization Organization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The comparison of China’s behavior in these three international technical standardization bodies will contribute to a growing field of research concerned with China’s multilateral action. Comparing a UN agency (the ITU) to non-governmental international organizations such as the ISO and the IEC will provide a better understanding of the Chinese actors who contribute to international fora in increasing numbers. 

Speaker: Dr. Juliette Genevaz (EURICS fellow, Paris)

Discussant: Prof. Stéphanie Balme (Sciences Po/CERI, Paris)


Juliette Genevaz earned a PhD (DPhil) in Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford with a thesis on the political role of the Chinese military in the reform era (1987-2010). Then she held a Transatlantic Postdoctoral Fellowship for International Relations and Security (TAPIR) at Ifri (Institut Français des Relations Internationales, Paris) and at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP, Berlin). From 2016 to 2021, she was the China research fellow at the Institute for Strategic Research (IRSEM) in Paris. Her research has appeared in The Journal of Contemporary China and China Information, among other publications.

Stephanie Balme is Dean of Sciences Po College (undergraduate studies), Professor at PSIA (Paris School of International Affairs), Research Director at CERI, founding member of ESDI (European Science Diplomacy Initiative), member of the academic committees of IHEDN and of EURICS (European Institute for Chinese Studies) as well as vice-president of ECLS (EU-China Law Studies Association). Her research now focuses on China as an emerging scientific power, science diplomacy, EU-US-China relations and EU’s China foreign policy.