Dr. Nong HONG heads the Institute for China-America Studies (ICAS), an independent, non-profit academic institution launched by the Hainan Nanhai Research Foundation. She also holds a joint position of research fellow with National Institute for South China Sea Studies (NISCSS) and China Institute, University of Alberta (CIUA). Dr Hong received her PhD of interdisciplinary study of international law and international relations from the University of Alberta, Canada and held a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the University’s China Institute. She was ITLOS-Nippon Fellow for International Dispute Settlement (2008-2009), and Visiting Fellow at the Center of Oceans Law and Policy, University of Virginia (2009) and at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (2007).

Her research takes an interdisciplinary approach to examining international relations and international law, with focus on International Relations and Comparative Politics in general; ocean governance in East Asia; law of the sea; international security, particularly non-traditional security; and international dispute settlement and conflict resolution. Her most recent publications include UNCLOS and Ocean Dispute Settlement: Law and Politics in the South China Sea (Abingdon, New York: Routledge, 2012); Recent developments in the South China Sea dispute, co-edited with Wu Shicun (Routledge, 2014); Maritime Security Issues in the South China Sea and the Arctic: Sharpened Competition or Collaboration? Co-edited with Gordon Houlden (Beijing: China Democracy and Legal System Publishing House, 2012); ‘The Energy Factor in the Arctic Dispute: a Pathway to Conflict or Cooperation?’ in the Journal of World Energy Law & Business (Oxford Journal), January 2012; ‘The Melting Arctic and Its Impact on China’s Maritime Transport’, Research in Transportation Economics, xxx, 2012, pp.1-8; ‘Chinese Perceptions of U.S. Engagement in the South China Sea’, in China Brief, Volume XI Issue 12, July 1, 2011, pp.7-9.