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Currently, an Associate Professor of Law at Singapore Management University, Dr. Han-Wei Liu was previously a Senior Lecturer at Monash University until June 2023 and still serves as an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow. Before Monash, he was an Assistant Professor at National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. His expertise lies in international economic law, global governance, and financial regulations.

Before entering academia, he practiced with Baker McKenzie and Russin & Vecchi for several years. Han-Wei earned his Ph.D., summa cum laude, from the Graduate Institute, Geneva (IHEID), where he was awarded a full scholarship by Kathryn Davis Foundation and his master degrees from Columbia Law School and Oxford University on the Taiwan Government Scholarship and the British Chevening Scholarship, respectively.

He received his LL.M. and LL.B. degrees from National Chengchi University. His work has been published or will appear, in top-rated law journals, such as Harvard International Law Journal, Journal of International Economic Law, Georgetown Journal of International LawCornell International Law JournalUniversity of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, and Melbourne Journal of International Law. In 2013-2015, he held visiting posts at Harvard Law School and Columbia Law School. Dr. Liu received various research grants from Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology and Ministry of Economic Affairs and had advised high-tech firms and government-funded think-tanks on regulations of digital communication, cross-border data flow, and technology transfer/export control issues.

In addition to his editorial role at Columbia Journal of European Law back in 2009, Dr. Liu currently sits on the editorial board of Manchester Journal of International Economic Law and Chinese (Taiwan) Yearbook of International Law and Affairs and acts as referees for various journals and publishers. Starting from 2023, Dr. Liu is appointed as Associate Editor of Journal of World Trade. 

Dr. Liu’s works on digital trade have been cited by the Australian Productivity Commission, Japanese Ministry of Finance, World Bank, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and Singaporean Personal Data Protection Commission and used by experts in the testimony before US Congress. His work in financial adviser regulation has been quoted by the Australian Law Reform Commission. In 2022, Dr. Liu was elected as Vice Chair of American Society of International Law's International Law & Technology Interest Group.

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Research interests

  • Law and Technology
  • Financial Regulation
  • International Economic Law
  • International Law & Global Governance

Supervision interests

  • Regulatory frameworks on artificial intelligence
  • Fintech regulations
  • Platform regulations
  • Comparative studies on data protection/privacy laws
  • Linkage between digital technologies and international trade law
  • International standard-setting compared to traditional international lawmaking process
  • Case studies of the Third World Approach to International Law (TWAIL)

Monash teaching commitment

  • Banking Law
  • Finance Law

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

LL.M (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar), Columbia University

Ph.D. (summa cum laude), Institut de Hautes Etudes Internationales et du Developpement (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies)

LL.M., National Chengchi University

LL.B., National Chengchi University

M.Jur. (Chenvening Scholar), University of Oxford

External positions

Vice Chair, International Law and Technology Interest Group, American Society of International Law

Mar 2022 → …

Visiting Scholar, Columbia University


Visiting Researcher, Harvard University


Research area keywords

  • International Trade Law
  • International Investment Law
  • Law and Technology
  • Data Protection
  • Global Governance
  • China/Taiwan relations
  • Financial Regulation

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