Dr Ying Zhu


 Assistant Professor

LL.B. (China University of Political Science and Law)
LL.M. (Yale University), J.S.D. (Yale University)
New York State Bar


Ying Zhu’s research focuses on the interaction between international economic law and sustainable development. Her academic interests include international investment law, international trade law and environmental law. She has published articles on Harvard International Law Journal, New York University Journal of International Law and Politics, Columbia Journal of Environmental law, Natural Resources Journal and Nordic Journal of Commercial Law.

Prior to joining the HKU, Zhu was an assistant professor at Renmin University of China Law School, where she was a deputy secretary-general of the Institute of International Commercial Dispute Prevention and Settlement. Zhu was a senior assistant to the president of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). She has served as a legal expert in the Chinese delegation of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law Working Group III (Investor-State Dispute Settlement Reform).

Zhu holds LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees from Yale Law School, and a LL.B. degree from China University of Political Science and Law. She received the Howard M. Holtzmann Fund in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution and the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund at Yale Law School. Her doctoral dissertation “Too Much of Two Good Things: Reconciling the Tension between Investment Protection and Environmental Protection in International Law” won the William T. Ketcham Jr. Prize of the Yale Law School (awarded annually to the best student paper in the field of private international law).

Research Area

  • International Investment Law
  • International Trade Law
  • Environmental Law

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Selected Publications