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Yue Liu

Yue Liu
Yue Liu
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
International Relations, Regional Security, International Law of the Sea, Maritime Disputes, Geopolitics, China and East Asia, Southeast Asia, International Order Transformation, US-China/Asia relations

Current Research

I am currently doing PhD in Politics & International Relations. I am interested in the interplay between power politics and legal institutions in shaping the international order in the new century.

May PhD project focuses on state interactions based on power and law in the South China Sea and the maritime order transformation in the region. It is an interdisciplinary study involving both International Relations and International Law (of the Sea).


Dr. Oliver Turner  & Dr. James Harrison

Prof. John Peterson (Sep 2016 - May 2019)

Education Background

2015  M.A. of Law (International Relations)    Fudan University, Shanghai, China

2012 B.A. of Law (International Politics)  Sun Yat-Sen University, Canton, China

Yue was also a visiting student at L'Université libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) from September 2013 to February 2014 and at National Chengchi University (Taiwan) from September 2010 to February 2011.


International Studies Association (ISA)

British International Studies Association (BISA)

International Relations Research Group – University of Edinburgh

Conference Papers

"Stirring waves in the Asia-Pacific: Geopolitics and personality in Trump’s South China Sea policy". Paper (the first author & co-authored with Yifang Sun) presented at the International Studies Association (ISA)’s Annual Convention, March 2019, Toronto, Canada.

 "Sino-Philippines South China Sea Disputes and the Associated International Arbitration Issue". Paper presented at PG Students Seminar “China’s Border and Maritime Issues”, 14 April 2015,  Fudan University, Shanghai, China.

"The Diaoyu Islands Issue: A Bilateral Dispute or A Game Among Multilateral Parties? ". Report presented at the 6th PG Students Workshop, 15 December 2012, Center for American Studies, FDU & Center for Chinese and American Studies, Nanjing University - Johns Hopkins University, Nanjing, China.

Previous Research

Legal Study on Air Defense Identification Zone in National Security--The Case of the East China Sea. Master dissertation, May 2015.  

An Analysis of the Japan Factor in South China Sea Disputes.  Bachelor dissertation & An achievement of the project “Research on South China Sea Issues”  (led by Associated Prof. Yanyun Chen) sponsored by Sun Yat-Sen University, May 2012 .

An Analysis of Five-Municipality Mayoral Election: Impacts on Taiwan’s Politics and Cross-strait Relations.  The achievement of “Taiwan Study” project (self-led) sponsored by Sun Yat-Sen University, April 2012 .

Prizes and Awards

2019   International Studies Association (ISA)    

              Convention Travel Grants ($950)

2019   University of Edinburgh, School of Social and Political Science

              Academic Travel Grants (£500)

Recent Publications

Yue Liu (2019) “US should desist from roiling South China Sea”, Global Times, 17 February 2019.

Yue Liu (2018) “The largest industrial action in UK's educational history: why and how?” (Yin Guo Fa Sheng Le Yi Jian Da Shi, Shi Wan Zhong Guo Ren Dao Mei Le) Liaowang Institute - Xinhua News Agency, 10 April, 2018.

Yue Liu (2018) “Catalan Separatism: history and reality”, World Vision Journal, 2018 NO.05, pp24-25.

Yue Liu (2017) “Brexit: the 50bn divorce bill never means a trade deal” (You Ren Yao Ci Sha Mei Yi? Ying Guo Shou Xiang Zui Jin Tan Shang 500 Yi De Shi Le!), Liaowang Institute - Xinhua News Agency, 8 December, 2017.

Yue Liu (2017) “UK’s participation in the One Belt & One Road Initiative” (Ying Guo Bu Gan Que Xi Yi Dai Yi Lu), World Vision Journal, 2017 NO.22, pp22-25.

Yue Liu (2017) “The fourth election of Merkel: It is not the God’s preference” (Mo Ke Er Neng Si Lian Ren Bing Fei Shang Di Pian Ai),, 26 September 2017.

Yue Liu (2016) “How could Europe sing Ode to Joy when facing massive terrorist attacks?”(Baokong Shijian Pinfa, Ouzhou Ruhe Changxiang Huanlesong),, 23 December 2016.

Yue Liu (2016) “How could Theresa May take over the helm of UK?” (Kan “Xin Tieniangzi” Theresa May Ruhe Zhangduo Yingguo), World Vision Journal, 2016. NO.21. pp.22-25.

Yue Liu (2016) “Brexit might encourage Scotland to seek for independence again”(“Tuo’ou” Huoshi Sugelan Zaidu Xunqiu Duli),, 18 October 2016.

Yue Liu (2016) “Brexit will be an intractable challenge for Theresa May in her governing period”(“Tuo’ou” Yiti Jiangcheng Theresa May Zhizheng Shiqi Zhongyao Kaoyan)., 8 October 2016.

Yue Liu (2016) “What’s the purpose of the U.S. Navy secretary on his visit to China?” (Mei Haijun Buzhang Fanghua Yiyu Hewei). China National Defense, 22 July 2016, pp.23.

Yue Liu (2016) “The South China Sea Arbitration contains numerous flaws, can’t deal with complex situation”(Nanhai Zhongcai Loudong Baichu, Wufa Yingdui Fuza Jushi),, 13 July 2016.

Yue Liu (2016) “Is the Philippines ‘ winner’of the arbitration?”(Feilubing Zhende “Daying Guansi” Le Ma),, 13 July 2016.

Yue Liu (2016) “After Brexit: ‘Splendid Isolation' or re-suffer crisis?”(“Tuo’ou” Zhihou: “Guangrong Guli”, Haishi Zaixian Weiji),, 29 June 2016.