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Liu, Hin-Yan

Associate Professor

University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Max Weber alumnus

Department of Law

Cohort(s): 2012/2013

Ph.D. Institution

King's College London, United Kingdom


I was a Ph.D. researcher at King’s College London where I wrote on the legal aspects of the modern private military company. My thesis, which I submitted in July 2012, argues that the impunity enjoyed by these companies and their contractors is structured and maintained by the law, rather than simply a legal effect.
My doctoral research is generously supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship, the King’s Continuation Scholarship and the Sir James Lougheed Award of Distinction.
My research interests are broadly within human rights and international humanitarian law and criminology. While a MW Fellow I will be primarily researching the legality of robotic and remote weapons systems and will be writing a book (under contract with Hart Publishing, Oxford) on this topic.
I have taught Public Law at the University of Westminster and Human Rights Law at King’s College London. In addition, I have conceived, designed and taught an International Human Rights module for the King’s Summer School. Having fulfilled national criteria and completed formal training in pedagogy, I have been recognised as an Associate of the Higher Education Academy (UK).
I am particularly keen to build my academic publishing experience, and am enthusiastic to contribute to existing journals based at the EUI or to initiate the creation of a new publication.
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