LIU Nengye


Dr Nengye Liu is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Law, University of New England (UNE), Australia. He was educated in China and Europe. His PhD thesis entitled “Prevention of Vessel-Source Marine Pollution, a Comparative Study between European and Chinese Law” was funded by the Special Research Fund (BOF) of Ghent University, Belgium. Following his PhD (2012), Dr Liu was first a “Future Ocean” Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Kiel, Germany (2012-2013), then a Marie Curie Fellow funded by prestigious European Union Marie Curie Fellowship (success rate 16%, Score 97.6/100, top 1% of application in 2012) at the University of Dundee, United Kingdom (2013-2015), working on the EU and the protection of marine biodiversity in the Arctic. Dr Liu held a number of visiting positions at key institutes around the world, such as Griffith Law School, Griffith University, the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, the Faculty of Law, University of Montreal and the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge.

Dr Nengye Liu has produced more than 40 single and first-authored publications in English and Chinese. His work has appeared in leading refereed journals, including Ocean Development and International Law, Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law, Review of European Comparative and International Environmental Law, International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, Ocean Yearbook, Journal of International Maritime Law, Yearbook of Polar Law and Heidelberg Journal of International Law. Moreover, Dr Liu has been successful in over 20 funding applications; has presented his research results and delivered guest lectures in more than 20 countries across 5 continents; and regularly serves as reviewer for journals (e.g., Ocean and Coastal Management, Water International, Yearbook of Polar Law, South African Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, China Oceans Law Review, International Journal of Public Policy) and funding bodies, such as the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Leverhulme Trust. In 2014, he was appointed as the Associate Editor of the Yearbook of International Environmental Law (Oxford University Press).

Dr Nengye Liu has a keen interest in non-doctrinal and multidisciplinary research. In 2011, he obtained a grant from Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and conducted 6 months field research in 10 major Chinese ports to examine how China implements international law on the prevention of vessel-source pollution. During his Marie Curie Fellowship, Dr. Liu travelled to London, Brussels, Rome and Montreal and interviewed representatives from several international, regional and non-governmental organizations, such as IMO, FAO, CBD Secretariat, OSPAR, NEAFC, European Commission and WWF, regarding the EU’s role in the protection of marine biodiversity in the Arctic.

Dr Nengye Liu is passionate about engaging the public with his research. In 2015, he was the lead convener of the EU-Arctic Conference held in Dundee, Scotland (29-30 May). The EU-Arctic Conference brought together academics, practitioners and industry figures. Thirty speakers from 15 countries discussed the EU’s potential to enhance Arctic governance, with WWF, Greenpeace, BP, the European Commission and the Arctic Council among the organisations represented at the conference. Dr Liu was then invited by the European External Action Service and the European Commission to participate in a high level stakeholder consultation conference on the development of the EU’s new Arctic policy. Moreover, Dr Liu is a frequent media commentator. For example, he was interviewed by China’s official press agency Xinhua in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, the northern-most city in the world, in 2013 on China’s role in the changing Arctic.

Dr Nengye Liu is a qualified Chinese lawyer. He has working experience at Ince & Co (Shanghai), Singapore International Arbitration Centre, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (Shenzhen) as well as King & Wood Mallesons (Shenzhen).