Yunqing LIU

Thesis title: International Legal Positivism and the Validity of International Law

Background

Yunqing LIU is a Ph.D. researcher at Edinburgh Law School. She is now the Co-convenor for Edinburgh Legal Theory Research Group. She earned L.L.M in international law from Renmin University of China (2018).  She worked as a full-time judge assistant in the Intermediate Court of Shanghai from 2018-2019. She was the editor of Renmin University Law Review (CSSCI) from 2019-2022. She has authored numerous publications, as well as led and participated in several research projects.  She has participated, coached and judged in several moot court competitions, including Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court, Foreign Direct Investment Arbitration Moot Court, Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court, Price Media Law Moot Court, etc.

Research summary

Her research interests include:

  • Public international law (sources of international law, jurisdiction and immunity issues, territorial disputes, international dispute settlement, etc. )
  • Theory and philosophy of international law
  • Legal theory and legal philosophy

Current research interests

Her current research project concerns international legal positivism and the validity of international law. It analyzes: (1) Why international law scholars tend to think that a legal positivist approach to (validity of ) international law is necessarily associated with a voluntarist approach to the basis of obligation of international law? It analyzes how such (mis)understanding comes about by examining relevant intellectual history. (2) What impacts such (mis)understanding has resulted in the regime of international law, including inside discussions (debates surrounding sources of international law), as well as outside critique (critical legal study)? (3) How would a positive, but not necessarily voluntarist, theory of international law look like?

Invited speaker

2023.10

 Main Speaker

Edinburgh Legal Theory Research Group (UK)-Topic 'One Myth about Legal Positivism in International Law: What and Why?' 

2023.07

Main speaker

Topic 'Do States Party to the International Criminal Court Statute have the Obligation to Arrest Vladimir Putin?: Immunity of State Officials of Non-Party States in the Enforcement Proceedings of the International Criminal Court' (online)

2023.03

Discussant

Workshop 'Two Kinds of Legal Formalism' in Edinburgh Law School (UK)

2022.08

Main speaker

Law School of Shantou University (online)-Topic 'Identification of Customary International Law and the Validity of International Law'

2022.07

Presenter

2022 Asian Society of International Law Junior Scholar Workshop (online)

2022.06

Presenter

2022 Edinburgh Postgraduate Law Conference (UK)

2022.05

Presenter

Academic Forum in School of Law in Renmin University of China (online)

2022.04

Presenter

Workshop 'Thinking the Unthinkable: Beyond International Law's Imaginaries' in University of Manchester (UK)

2019.12

Presenter

2019 Annual Meeting of Beijing Society of International Law (China)

Organiser

Convenor for Edinburgh Legal Theory Research Group

2024

Yunqing Liu, 'Revisiting Customary International Law Avenue: Immunity of State Officials of Non-Party States in the Enforcement Proceedings of the International Criminal Court', Chinese Journal of International Law (English)(SSCI) (forthcoming)

2024

Yawen Zheng, Qing Cai, Yunqing Liu, 'Governing Investments on Mars: Why A “Host State” is Needed', Florida Journal of International Law (English) (forthcoming)

2023.04

Yunqing LU, 'Do States Party to the International Criminal Court Statute have the Obligation to Arrest Vladimir Putin?', Blog of European Journal of International Law (EJIL: TALK) <https://www.ejiltalk.org/do-states-party-to-international-criminal-court-statute-have-the-obligation-to-arrest-vladimir-putin/> (English)

2021.09

Yunqing LIU, ‘Submission of Evidence and the Obligation to Cooperate in International Court of Justice’, (2021) Journal of International Law 101-126. (Chinese)

《国际法院证据提交问题中的争端当事国合作义务》,载《国际法学刊》 2021年第 3期

2021.08

Zhang Haiwen, Yu Mincai, Liu Yunqing, Li Xiuxia eds., Selected Documents and Materials of China’s Position and Statements on the South China Sea Arbitration, Wells-Hein, 2021. (English)

2021.06

Yunqing LIU, ‘Chain of Evidence in Sino-Japan Diaoyu Islands Territorial Dispute’, (2021) 3 Nanjing University Law Journal 22-40. (Chinese)(CSSCI) 

《领土争端中证据链的价值与应用》,载《南大法学》2021年第3期,人大复印资料 《法学文摘》2021年4期摘要转载(CSSCI)

*This paper was awarded the First Prize in 2020 Annual Meeting of Beijing Society of International law.

 2020.07

Yunqing LIU, 'The Analysis on the Precautionary Principle's Status as Customary International Law', (2020) 4 Chinese Review of International Law 69-93. (Chinese)(CSSCI)

《预防原则的习惯国际法地位分析》,载《国际法研究》2020年第4期,人大复印资 料《国际法学》2021年1期全文转载(CSSCI)

2022.02/2023.02

Judge in Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court (Chinese National Round)

2022.12

Judge in Price Media Law Moot Court (Chinese National Round)

2021.01

Participant in Hague Academy of International Law

 2019.07

Participant in Xiamen Academy of International Law

2017.08

Participant in Foreign Direct Investment Arbitration Moot Court (Asia-Pacific round): Best Memorial

2017.05 

Participant in Frankfurt Investment Arbitration Moot Court (National round): Championship/Best Oralist

2017.02 

Participant in Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court (National round): Runner-up