Zhejiang Univeristy, Guanghua Law School



China, Hangzhou

· International Economic Law
· Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
· Law and Practice in the Greater Bay Area

Chinese, English

• Doctoral Program July -September 2019
Hague Academy of International Law
• Doctor of Philosophy in Laws (Ph.D.) 2015-2019
Chinese University of Hong Kong
• Postgraduate Diploma in International Trade Law 2014
Academy of International Trade & Investment Law, Macau
• Master in International Economic Law (LL.M.) 2013-2014
Chinese University of Hong Kong
GPA: 3.425/4, top 10% of the program
• Master in Chinese Economic Law 2012-2013
Heilongjiang University, Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, China
• Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) 2008-2012
Heilongjiang University, Harbin, Heilongjiang Province, China
GPA: 8.8/10, top 3% of the program


• Monograph

Xu QIAN, ‘Water Disputes in International Arbitration: Reconsidering the Nexus of Investment Protection, Environment, and Human Rights’ (London: Kluwer Law International, International Arbitration Law Library Series edited by Professor Stavros Brekoulakis & Professor Julian D. Lew, 2020) 304 p.
• Book reviews published by ICSID Review, Contemporary Asia Arbitration Journal, and Foreign Trade Review.

• Journal Articles

‘Conservative Innovation: The Ambiguities of the China International Commercial Court’ American Journal of International law (Unbound) 2021.

‘At World’s End: Can Infringements on Freedom of Expression Amount to Violation Investment Treaties?’ Wayne Law Review 2021.

‘The Legitimacy of the China International Commercial Court (CICC): Historical, Geopolitical and Legal Reflections’ 28(2) Asia Pacific Law Review 2021.

‘Rethinking Judicial Discretion in International Adjudication: A Critical Roadmap to Promote Judicial Independence and Judicial Deference’ 21(1) UC Davis Business Law Journal 2021.

‘Phoenix from the Ashes: Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) Meaning for Asia-Pacific (and Global) Investment’ 15(2) Asian Journal of WTO & International Health Law and Policy 2020.

‘Is It Finally Time for Asia’s Free Trade Agreements? The ASEAN Present and the RCEP Future’ (9)3 Asian Journal of International Law 2019 (with Julien Chaisse and Debashis Chakraborty)

‘Challenges of Water Governance (and Privatization) in China: Traps, Gaps, and Law’ 47 (1) Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law 2018.

‘Trans-Pacific Partnership: A World Trade Revolution? Australian APEC Study Centre 2016.

• Book Chapters

‘The China International Commercial Court: Architecture, Pitfalls, and Promises’ in Georgios Dimitropoulos & Stavros Brekoulakis (eds) The Promise of Hybrid Dispute Resolution Fora (London: Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming 2021).

‘Plant Health and the WTO’ in Panagiotis Delimatsis and Leonie Reins (eds) The Research Handbook of Trade and Environmental Law (Edward Elgar, Forthcoming 2021).

‘The EU Factor in Asia Investment Rule-making: Reset or Recalibration?’ in Chester Brown & Mahdev Mohan (Eds) Regulation & Investment Disputes: Asian Perspectives (London: Cambridge University Press, 2020).

‘Preventing Divergences from Becoming Disputes: The Elusive EU-China Investment Negotiations’ in Frank Gaenssmantel & Chien-Huei Wu (Eds) Law and Diplomacy in the Management of EU-Asia Trade Disputes (London: Routledge, 2019).

Zhejiang University, Guanghua Law School
Associate Professor & Doctoral Supervisor December 2020
ZJU 100 Young Professor

University of Hong Kong (HKU) October 2019-November 2020
Postdoctoral Fellow
• Work with Professor Zhao Yun on many aspects of the Belt and Road Initiative, in particular legal cooperation, commercial contracts and dispute resolution.

Asian Development Bank (ADB) June 2018-September 2018
Consultant / Research Analyst
• For project TA-9210 REG: Enhancing Research Alliance and South-South Development Policy Cooperation between Asia and the Pacific and Latin America.
• Developing a comprehensive database of investment treaties in the Asia-Pacific region.
• Conducting interviews with selected high-level officials.

I specialise in transnational law and research in a diverse range of cutting-edge cross-border issues, including water and sanitation law, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), International Economic Law and Public International Law. I have experience acting as senior researcher in multi-year international research projects (Asian Development Bank, International Trade Centre), legal adviser in a Hong Kong law firm, coach in moot competition, and lecturer (both for university students and Hong Kong legal practitioners). I am also an active member of Arbitral Women, Asian Academy of International Law, Asia Society of International Law, and Academic Forum on Investor-state Dispute Settlement.

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