HKU Law warmly welcomes Dr Xu QIAN who joins the team of scholars researching legal issues related to China's Belt and Road Initiative. Dr Qian explores issues at the intersection of international economic law and human rights. Her work also deals with environmental law, dispute settlement, constitutional law and increasingly Greater Bay Area legal cooperation. Her publications include “Rethinking Judicial Discretion in International Adjudication” Connecticut Journal of International Law (2020); “Is It Finally Time for Asia’s Free Trade Agreements? The ASEAN Present and the RCEP Future” Asian Journal of International Law (2019); “Challenges of Water Governance (and Privatization) in China” Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law (2018); "Trans-Pacific Partnership: A World Trade Revolution?,” APEC Currents (2016). She contributes to Asia Law Portal which is the leading source of information and insights on the practice of law in the vast Asia-Pacific region. Dr QIAN is currently working on a new article, which critically examines the application of the proportionality principle across two decades of investment disputes.
Dr Qian was a scholar in residence at The Hague Academy of International Law in 2019 for which she received the Academy’s prestigious “Doctoral Scholarship.” She has presented her work at many academic events including the International Water Association (IWA) Annual Conference (2016), Asia FDI Forum II, III and IV (respectively, May 2016, March 2017 and March 2018), and Loyola School of Law conference “Rule of Law in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda”. Dr Qian holds a BA from Heilongjiang University (2012), an LLM and PhD from CUHK Law (respectively 2014 and 2019), and a post-graduate diploma from the Academy of International Trade and Investment Law (2015).