Nengye Liu

Dr Nengye Liu

Senior Lecturer

Adelaide Law School

Faculty of the Professions

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Dr Nengye Liu is a Senior Lecturer at Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide, where he teaches the law of the sea and Chinese law. He was educated in Wuhan (China, LLB and LLM) and Ghent (Belgium, Doctor of Law). Prior to moving to Australia, he had worked at King & Wood Mallessons (Shenzhen, China), Singapore International Arbitration Centre, Future Ocean Cluster of Excellence (Kiel, Germany) and University of Dundee (United Kingdom, as a EU Marie Curie Fellow).

Dr Liu's current research centres on China's role in global ocean governance, with particular focus on the Polar Regions. He has taken the lead to edit two books, published more than 40 refereed articles and book chapters in leading journals, such as Marine Policy, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics, Ocean Development and International Law, International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, Review of European Comparative and International Environmental Law, and presented research results in 30 countries across five continents. Dr Liu is a Chief Investigator of Australian Research Council Discovery Grant "Geopolitical Changes and the Antarctic Treaty System" (2019-2021). His research has also been supported by other major funding bodies, including EU Marie Curie Fellowship, German Research Foundation (DFG), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Research Council of Norway and Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). He regularly wrote opinion pieces in various places, such as The Conversation, The Interpreter and The Diplomat. His research has been covered by mainstream media, e.g., ABC, The Australian, BBC, Strait Times and Xinhua.

Dr Liu has held visiting research positions at universities of Cambridge, Tsinghua, Montreal, Hamburg, Lapland, Tromsø, Tasmania, Trier and Shanghai Jiao Tong. He was a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Lapland (Finland, September 2017) and CHEN An Visiting Chair Professor of International Law at the School of Law, Xiamen University (China, September 2018). Dr Liu serves as an Associate Editor of the Yearbook of International Environmental Law (Oxford University Press), and a Review Editor of the Frontiers in Marine Science.

  • Law of the Sea
  • International Environmental Law
  • Polar Law
  • Chinese Law
  • European Union Law


Currently, I am working on two projects funded by the Australian Research Council (2019 - 2021) and the Department of Defence (2019), regarding the rise of China and its implications on future governance of Antarctica. 

    • Appointments

      Date Position Institution name
      2017 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
      2015 - 2016 Senior Lecturer University of New England
      2013 - 2015 Marie Curie Research Fellow University of Dundee
      2012 - 2013 "Future Ocean" Postdoctoral Fellow Kiel University
    • Awards and Achievements

      Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
      2020 Fellowship Asian Law Institute Visiting Fellowship Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore Singapore
      2018 Invitation Chen An Visiting Chair Professor of International Law School of Law, Xiamen University China
      2017 Invitation Visiting Professor Faculty of Law, University of Lapland Finland
      2016 Fellowship Visiting Fellowship K.G. Jebsen Centre for the Law of the Sea (JCLOS), University of Tromsø Norway
      2013 Award Certificate of Excellence in Reviewing Ocean and Coastal Management (Elsevier) Netherlands
      2011 Scholarship International Foundation for the Law of the Sea Summer Academy Scholarship International Foundation for the Law of the Sea Germany
      2011 Teaching Award Gregory C. and Paula K. Chow Teaching Fellowship Overseas Young Chinese Forum United States
      2008 Scholarship Rhodes Academy of Ocean Law and Policy Scholarship Rhodes Academy of Ocean Law and Policy Greece
    • Language Competencies

      Language Competency
      Chinese (Mandarin) Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
      English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    • Education

      Date Institution name Country Title
      2007 - 2012 Ghent University Belgium Doctor of Law
      2005 - 2007 Wuhan University China Master of Law
      2000 - 2004 Wuhan University China Bachelor of Law
    • Research Interests

    • 2019  2021, Chief Investigator, "Geopolitical Change and the Antarctic Treaty System", Australian Research Council Discovery Grant DP190101214 (with M. Haward, J. McGee, T. Stephens, S. Scott and A. Press)
    • 2019 – 2021, Co-Investigator, “Regulating Shipping in Russian Arctic Waters: between International Law, National Interests and Geopolitics”, The Research Council of Norway (led by T. Henriksen, I. U. Jakobsen and A. Moe)
    • 2019, Chief Investigator, "The Rise of China and the Future of Antarctic Governance", Australian Department of Defence 
    • 2018, Project Leader, "Gateway to Common Law" Study Tour - Shanghai Jiao Tong University, PVCI Key Partnership Grant, University of Adelaide 
    • 2018, Project Leader, The Great Law of China: Legal Studies and Internship, New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 
    • 2018, Project Leader, “Exploring Australia’s China Strategy in Antarctic Governance”, Australian Institute of International Affairs
    • 2018, Chief Investigator, “Regulating China’s Distant Water Fishing in the Polar Regions”, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (with H. Liu) 
    • 2017 – 2018, Chief Investigator, “Conservation of Marine Living Resources in the Polar Regions”, The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)-Universities Australia (with A. Proelss) 
    • 2016 – 2017, Chief Investigator, “The European Union and the Conservation of Marine Living Resources in Antarctica”, EU Centre for Global Affairs, University of Adelaide, Australia 
    • 2013 – 2015, Marie Curie Fellow, “The European Union and Legal Protection of Marine Biodiversity in the Arctic (EuroArcticLaB)”, Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship for Career Development, FP7-People-2012-IEF, European Commission (Scientist in Charge: E. Kirk, University of Dundee)
    • 2012 – 2013, Chief Investigator, “The European Union and the Protection of Marine Arctic”, German Research Foundation (DFG) “Future Ocean” Cluster of Excellence Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Kiel, Germany 
    • 2011 – 2012, Chief Investigator, “Prevention of Vessel-Source Pollution under Chinese Law: Problems and Prospects”, Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Belgium 
    • 2008 – 2012, Doctoral Researcher, “Prevention of Vessel-Source Pollution, a Comparative Study between European and Chinese Law”, Special Research Fund (BOF), Ghent University, Belgium

    University of Adelaide (as course coordinator):

    • COMMLAW 1004 - Commercial Law 1
    • LAW2564 - Selected Issues in Chinese Law
    • LAW2571 - Law of the Sea
    • LAW3538 - International Law Study Tour (China)

    Invited guest lectures

    • September 2018, lecture series, "The Future of the Law of the Sea", School of Law, Xiamen University, China (as Chen An Chair Professor of International Law)
    • September 2017, LLB/LLM courses: "International Environmental Law", "Comparative Environmental Law", Faculty of Law, University of Lapland, Finland (as invited Visiting Professor)
    • March 2015, lecture in LLB/LLM course “droit de la mer/Law of the Sea”, Faculty of Law, Université de Montréal, Canada
    • 2014 – 2015, lecture in LLB course “Public International Law” and LLM course “Ecosystems and International Law”, School of Law, University of Dundee, United Kingdom
    • 2011/2012, Semester 1, lectures in  “Chinese Environmental Law”, LLM in Chinese Law, School of Law, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
    • November 2011, lecture series, “International Regulation on Vessel-Source Pollution”, Koguan Law School, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
    • 2011/2012, Semester 1, lecture series, “International Regulation on Vessel-Source Pollution”, School of Law, Renmin University, Beijing, China

    Teaching grants:

    • 2019, Learning Development Grant “Preparing Future-Ready Commercial Law Students for the New World of Business”, Faculty of Professions, University of Adelaide (with Beth Nosworthy (lead) and Michelle Lim)
    • 2018, Employability Development Grant “Global Lawyers in Shanghai Workshop”, Faculty of Professions, University of Adelaide
    • 2018, Learning Development Grant “Enhancing Academic Integrity in Commercial Law”, Faculty of Professions, University of Adelaide (with Michelle Lim (lead) and Matthew Stubbs) 

    Teaching presentation:

    • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

      Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
      2020 Co-Supervisor Australia and the Conservation of Marine Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Ethan Cale Beringen
      2017 Co-Supervisor International Law, International Relations and Climate Change Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Geoffrey William George Leane
    • Position: Senior Lecturer
    • Phone: 83134448
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    • Fax: 8313 4344
    • Campus: North Terrace
    • Building: Ligertwood Building, floor 4
    • Room: 4 10
    • Org Unit: Adelaide Law School

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