Dr Xu Qian

The Department of Law

LLB (Heilongjiang University)
LLM (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
PhD (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)


Dr. Xu QIAN is Post-doctoral Fellow at the Hong Kong University (HKU). Specializing in international economic law, Dr QIAN is a leading expert in the intersection between international economic law and human rights. Her work also frequently deals with environmental law, dispute settlement, constitutional law and increasingly Greater Bay Area legal and policy cooperation.

Dr QIAN’s academic publications include the research monograph “Water Disputes in International Arbitration” Kluwer Law International (2020) as well as “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 is also a contributor 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.” As a Judge, Dr QIAN served as a member of a panel during the Oral Round of the Hong Kong Climate Change Moot Court Competition in 2019 and 2020. Dr QIAN has also 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), Loyola University School of Law “Rule of Law in the Sustainable Development Agenda” (2018), and the Ninth Meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Network (2019). Dr QIAN earlier was the Hong Kong delegate to the 2018 Young Leaders’ Energy Forum which allowed her to foster her research on the impact of climate change on water services regulation. She also co-organized the 2018 Hong Kong Law Research Postgraduate Symposium.

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). She is an active member of the Asian Academy of International Law (AAIL).

Research Areas

  • Law and Practice in the Greater Bay Area
  • Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
  • International Economic Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Environmental Law

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