Dr Xu Qian 錢旭

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 a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Hong Kong University (HKU) Faculty of Law, with a research focus on alternative dispute resolution and economic, social & cultural rights. Her work frequently deals with environmental law, health law, and increasingly Greater Bay Area legal and policy cooperation.

Dr QIAN’s academic publications include the research monograph “Water Services Disputes in International Arbitration” published by Kluwer Law International in 2020 in the International Arbitration Law Library series edited by S. Brekoulakis and J. Lew. Her research articles have also been published both SSCI journals (Asian Journal of WTO & International Health Law and Policy, American Journal of International Law (Unbound), and Asia Pacific Law Review) and US law reviews (Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law and UC Davis Business Law Journal). 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 Asia-Pacific region. Dr QIAN is currently working on a new article, which critically examines the Greater Bay Area legal and policy cooperation.

Dr QIAN is a recipient of a scholarship from The Hague Academy of International Law where she was a scholar-in-residence in 2019. She is an active member of the Academic Forum on Investor-state Dispute Settlement and the Asian Academy of International Law.  As a judge, she served as a member of a panel during the Oral Round of the Hong Kong Environmental Advocacy Moot Court Competition in 2018, 2019, and 2020. She also served as host manager for the Seventeenth Willem C. Vis East International Commercial Arbitration Moot held in Hong Kong in 2020 and was the Hong Kong delegate to the Young Leaders’ Energy Forum held in Tokyo in 2018. Dr QIAN has presented her work at many academic events including the International Water Association (IWA) Annual Conference (2016), Loyola University Chicago Law Symposium (2018), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (2019), and UNSW Conference “COVID-19 and the Law” (2020).

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).

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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