Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Adelaide

Dr Nengye Liu is a Senior Lecturer at Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide. 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 Marie Curie Fellow).

Dr Liu's research centres on enhancing global governance regime for better protection of the oceans, with particular focus on the Polar Regions. He has published more than 30 journal articles and book chapters in the fields of the law of the sea and international environmental law, and has presented research results in more than 20 countries across five continents. He has also convened a number of international conferences/workshops, for example, in Scotland (EU-Arctic 2015), Australia (South China Sea 2016) and China (Polar Governance 2017). Dr Liu's research has been supported by major funding bodies, such as Australian Research Council, EU Marie Curie Fellowship, German Research Foundation (DFG), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Research Council of Norway and Research Foundation Flanders (FWO). His opinion pieces regularly appear in various places, such as The Conversation, The Diplomat, China Dialogue, Policy Forum and Australian Outlook. His research has been covered by mainstream media, e.g., BBC, Xinhua, VOA, The Atlantic and Strait Times.

Dr Liu has held visiting research positions at universities of Cambridge, Tsinghua, Montreal, Hamburg, Lapland, Tromsø, Tasmania, Trier and Shanghai Jiao Tong. He is a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Lapland, Finland (September 2017) and the School of Law, Xiamen University, China (September 2018, as CHEN An Chair Professor of International Law). 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.


  • 2017–present
    Senior lecturer, Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide
  • 2015–2016
    Senior lecturer, School of Law, University of New England
  • 2013–2015
    Marie Curie Fellow, School of Law, University of Dundee
  • 2012–2013
    Postdoctoral fellow, Walther-Schuecking Institute for International Law, University of Kiel


  • 2012 
    Ghent University, Doctor of Law
  • 2007 
    Wuhan University, Master of International Economic Law
  • 2004 
    Wuhan University, Bachelor of Law


  • 2018
    The European Union and the Establishment of Marine Protected Areas in Antarctica, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics 18(6)
  • 2018
    How might the European Union Engage Constructively with China in the South China Sea?, Ocean Development and International Law, 49(4) (with Qi XU)
  • 2018
    China's Changing Position towards Marine Protected Areas in the Southern Ocean: Implications for Future Antarctic Governance, Marine Policy 94: 189-195 (with Cassandra Brooks)
  • 2018
    Will China Build a Green Belt and Road in the Arctic?, Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law 27 (1) 55-62
  • 2017
    China’s Emerging Arctic Policy – What are the Implications for Arctic Governance? , Jindal Global Law Review 8 (1) 55-68
  • 2017
    Condominium Arrangements as a Legal Mechanism for the Conservation of the South China Sea Large Marine Ecosystem, Asia Pacific Journal of Ocean Law and Policy 2 (1) 52-87 (with Michelle Lim)
  • 2016
    China’s New Law on Exploration and Exploitation of Resources in the International Seabed Area of 2016, International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law 31 (4) 691-705 (with Rakhyun Kim)
  • 2015
    The European Union’s Potential Contribution to Protect Marine Biodiversity in the Changing Arctic: a Roadmap, International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law 30 (2) 255-284 (with Elizabeth Kirk)
  • 2015
    China’s Law and Practice as a Coastal State for the Prevention of Vessel-Source Pollution, Ocean Yearbook 29, 343-355
  • 2015
    The European Union's Potential Contribution to Enhanced Governance of Offshore Oil and Gas Operations in the Arctic, Review of European, Comparative and International Environmental Law 24 (2) 223-231
  • 2014
    China’s Role in the Changing Governance of Arctic Shipping, Yearbook of Polar Law 6, 545-558
  • 2013
    Criminal Liability for Vessel-Source Pollution in China: Law and Practice, International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law 28 (3) 517-531
  • 2013
    The European Union's Potential Contribution to Enhanced Governance of Arctic Shipping, Zeitschrift für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht/Heidelberg Journal of International Law 73 (4) 705-733
  • 2013
    Current Legal Developments: China: Prevention of Invasive Species from Ballast Water, International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law 28 (1) 171-187
  • 2012
    Prevention of Vessel-Source Pollution in the South China Sea: What Role Can China Play? , Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law 15, 147-166
  • 2012
    Legal Constraints to the European Union’s Accession to the International Maritime Organization, Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce 43 (2) 279-291 (with Frank Maes)
  • 2011
    Prevention of Vessel-Source Marine Pollution: A Note on the Challenges and Prospects for Chinese Practice under International Law, Ocean Development and International Law 42 (4) 356-367 (with Frank Maes)
  • 2010
    International Legal Framework on the Prevention of Vessel-Source Pollution, China Oceans Law Review 12 (2) 238-263
  • 2010
    The European Union and International Maritime Organization: EU’s External Influence on the Prevention of Vessel-Source Pollution, Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce 41 (4) 581-594 (with Frank Maes)
  • 2009
    The European Union’s Role in the Prevention of Vessel-Source Pollution and its Internal Influence, Journal of International Maritime Law 15 (5) 411-422 (with Frank Maes)

Professional Memberships

  • Research Fellow, Earth System Governance Project
  • Member, Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law
  • Member, IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law/Ocean Specialists Group
  • Member, International Law Association

Research Areas

  • International Law (Excl. International Trade Law) (180116)