Doctor of Philosophy
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Power asymmetry — How to promote fairness in international investment projects
A global regulatory framework for securing sustainable finance in Asia
In the 21st century, it is the greatest global challenge facing the entire human race that national development should be carried out in a sustainable fashion so that the next generation will have a healthy living environment, and this challenge is by nature without national boundaries. From the legal aspect, private international law deals with issues involving cross-border effects. However, its use has conventionally been limited to only technical questions that have minor importance to the improvement of general welfare of the society. This project is attempting to explore the untapped function of private international law in global governance, particularly through the lens of international investment in Asia. Asian countries, developing and developed alike, now sit at the centre of the world as being part of the most dynamic region in terms of generating both inflow and outflow of foreign direct investments. Given the massive capital flow in sight, questions arise regarding whether those funded projects are implemented in a way that respects the healthy ecosystem of the indigenous population and the long-term benefits of the local community. In this aspect, it is far underexplored the regulatory function of private international law addressing concerns of social justice, human rights and equality arising out of projects carried out under international investment. The project timely fills in the gap in the scholarship of global governance, private international law, and sustainable development. It aims at challenging the appropriateness of the existing dispute resolution mechanism dealing with international investment cases, notably The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). It further explores the possibilities of establishing a new global framework of regulation of international investment in Asia.
Education and Academic Employment
2007-2011, HUAZHONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, BACHELOR OF LAWS
2011-2014, CHINA UNIVERSITY OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AND LAW, MASTER OF LAWS
2014-2019, UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS, PHD IN LAW
2015-2018, UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS, MODULE ASSISTANT, RESEARCH ASSISTANT
2017-2018, LONDON SOUTH BANK UNIVERSITY, PART-TIME LECTURER
Fields of Research Interests
Private international law, public international law, legal theory, property law and IT law
- Xu AL. “Belt & Road Typical Case 13: Towards a Liberal Interpretation of the Reciprocity Principle for Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments”, (2018) 1 China Law Connect 26-31.
- Xu AL. “Chinese judicial justice on the cloud: a future call or a Pandora’s Box? An analysis of the ‘intelligent court system’ of China, (2017) 1 Information & Communications Technology Law 59-71.
- Tang ZS with Xu L. “Choice-of-court Agreements in electronic consumer contracts in China”, (2016) The Annual Academic Journal of the Justice and the Law Society of the University of Queensland Pandora’s Box: Law and Technology 21-30.
- Xu L. “On the legal unification of foreign-related civil and commercial laws under the context of globalisation”, (2013) 36 Journal of Shijiazhuang University of Economics 125-129. (Chinese)
- Xu L. “On the restrictions of party autonomy in the application of laws over property rights of movables”, (2013) 28 Graduate Law Review of China University of Political Science and Law 120-134. (Chinese)
- Xu L. “Implications of the flag of convenience from the perspective of private international law and strategic solutions”, (2013) 166 Journal of Jiangxi Policing Institute 142-145. (Chinese)
Interests: Travelling, reading, yoga, traditional Chinese poetry.
Hobbies : Tried many, failed most, then keep trying.
Affiliated Academic Organizations
Socio-Legal Studies Association (The UK, since 2014)
Young International Arbitration Group (since 2015)
The Society of Legal Scholars (The UK, since 2016)
International Bar Association (since 2016)
British Institute of International and Comparative Law (since 2016)
Indian Society of Global Law (since 2016)
Asian Law & Society Association (since 2016)
The Institute of Translation & Interpreting (The UK, since 2016)
Rule of Law Association (The US, since 2017)
China Society of Private International Law (China, since 2017)
European China Law Studies Association (Germany, since 2017)
Asian Society of International Law (Singapore, since 2018)
European Law Institute (Individual Observer, Austria, since 2018)
European Society of International Law (Italy, since 2019)
- 2011, Graduate Scholarship, China University of Political Science and Law.
- 2013, Linklaters’ Scholarship, V&T Law Firm Scholarship, Merit Student, Outstanding Graduate.
- 2014, China Scholarship Council – University of Leeds Joint Scholarship.
- 2016, Hague Academy Scholarship from Hague Academy of International Law.
- 2017, Outstanding Academic Achievement Prize, awarded by China Society of Private International Law.
- 2018, Awarded Winner of the China Cases Insights ™ Writing Contest, The China Guiding Cases Project of Stanford Law School.