Yuan Yi Zhu

Mr Yuan Yi Zhu

Research topic:
The Theories and Practices of Legal Sovereignty in Republican China
Degree course:

Research Themes:
Foreign Policy and diplomacy Global governance History Institutions and organisations International law Sovereignty 

Areas of expertise

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Academic Profile

I am a DPhil candidate in International Relations at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. My research is concerned with the notion of sovereignty within the context of international law. In particular, I am interested in the influence of non-Western powers such as China on the development of legal understandings of sovereignty. In addition, I maintain secondary research interests in political history and public law.

Before coming to Oxford, I obtained a BA from McGill University, where I was an Allen Oliver Fellow and Moyse Scholar, and a MPhil from the University of Cambridge, where I was a Bacon Scholar.

Teaching specialism, interests and experience

I currently teach International Relations for undergraduate PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) students at Pembroke and Worcester Colleges, Oxford. I have also taught for Stanford University's Oxford Program.


  • Nuffield College-DPIR Studentship in International Relations, University of Oxford (2016)
  • Gabrielle Sacconaghi Bacon Scholarship in International Relations, University of Cambridge (2015)
  • Moyse Travelling Scholarship, McGill University (2015)
  • Allen Oliver Fellowship, McGill University (2015)
  • Philip F. Vineberg Travelling Fellowship, McGill University [declined] (2015)
  • Mackenzie King Travelling Scholarship, Mackenzie King Trustees [declined] (2015)
  • Guy Drummond Fellowship, Science Po and McGill University [declined] (2014)
  • Cherry Prize in Political Science, McGill University (2014)
  • Mr & Mrs Harry Colle Award, McGill University (2014)


  • CIFOR-UNIKIS-CISDL Sustainable Landscapes Law and Governance Info Brief Series (co-editor), Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge (2016)