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Ms Xinyue Li

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Member of the Durham Law School  


Xinyue started the PhD journey at Durham Law School in October 2020. She is the PGRs course representative, believing ‘One for All and All for One’. She teaches tutorials for undergraduates and enjoys the ‘bystander effect’. She is also an event host at Ustinov Café Politique and has had several experiences with webinars and interviews.

Prior to her PhD, Xinyue started the grand exploration in law in Soochow University (Suzhou, China, 2012-2016), where she graduated with a first-class LLB and a Provincial Distinction Dissertation. She then pursues her passion in international law and obtained her first LLM in International Public Law with Distinction at the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia, 2017-2018), and her second LLM in International Economic Law with first-class honour from East China University of Politic Science and Law (Shanghai, China, 2016-2019).

She has a scientist’s dream, which prompts her to dabble in different disciplines with curiosity. Her current interest is to travel quantum theories from physics to law. She wrote on the WTO security exceptions (in relation to US-China trade war), Global Administrative Law, the hard-won victory of humanity in armed conflicts, command responsibility (case study on the Prosecutor v Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo case), the relationship between human rights and environmental rights, foreign same-sex marriages and Chinese public policy, systematic roots of series of corruption cases, and the intertwining relation of Tibetan Buddhism and domestic law. She also gained the Best Oralist in the Law of Sea Moot Court Competition in China (2017).

Xinyue enjoys running, dancing, hiking, yoga, meditation, piano playing, watching TV and movies, reading, writing, and thinking.

Current Research

Supervised by Professor Thom Brooks and Professor Ming Du, Xinyue is undertaking her PhD research titled ‘The Reconciliation between National Security and Economic Liberalization in the Geoeconomic Reset’. National security and the global economy are increasingly irreconcilable, which directly demonstrates the emerging geoeconomic order after the US-China trade war and the COVID-19. Recognizing the geoeconomic order as the great reset for the international order, she employs the historical perspective and scientific worldview to apprehend the geoeconomics implications on international economic law, especially regarding national security issues. She then investigates the practice of principal economies regarding essential security interests in the global economic arena, with focuses on critical technology industries and the pandemic. Her aims are: 1) to reintegrate national security and economic liberalisation by a pluralist approach; 2) to establish a bridge that enables scholars from across disciplines to argue and collaborate, and to expand the outreach of international law in the geoeconomic world.

Activities at Durham

Part-time Tutor of Undergraduates

1) The Individual and the State

2) Intellectual Property Law

Event Host at Café Politique of Ustinov College

1) Webinars:

  • ‘What does Brexit mean for Britain?’, 4 February 2021
  • ‘China and the New World Order’, 28 May 2021

2) Interviews: ‘Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a Covid-19 World’ for International Women’s Day 2021,

  • Mrs Sue Snowdon, Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham,
  • Dr Pippa Whitehouse, Associate Professor at Department of Geography,

PGRs Course Representative

Durham Law School Annual Conference 2021 Organiser

Research Interests
  • International Public Law
  • International Economic Law
  • Quantum Legal Science
  • Geoeconomics
  • Global Justice
  • Global Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law

Journal Article

· Xinyue Li李欣玥 (2019), WTO安全例外条款的限制性适用 (‘Possible Ways to Tame the Mysterious WTO Security Exception’), 国际经济法学刊(Chinese Journal of International Economic Law), Issue 2, 80-92

· Xinyue Li李欣玥 (2019), 全球行政法在国际规制主体中的互补适用(‘The Complementary Application of Global Administrative Law in International Regulatory Bodies’), 研究生法学(Graduate Law Review CUPL), Issue 3, 65-74


· Xinyue Li (2021), ‘Competitive and Cooperative: National Security under the Two Faces of Geoeconomics’, Leicester Law School Postgraduate Research Conference, Online, UK

Research Groups

· Centre for Chinese Law and Policy

· The Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law

· Law and Global Justice at Durham

· Durham Centre for Law and Philosophy

Supervised by

· Professor Thom Brooks

· Professor Ming Du

Selected Grants
  • 2020-2023: Durham Law School Studentship
  • 2020: Ustinov College Global Citizenship Programme Scholarship
  • 2018: Chinese Society of International Economic Law Young Scholar’s Excellent Thesis Award
  • 2018: University of New South Wales Academic Excellence Scholarship