People Feature

Yuan Yi Zhu

DPhil in International Relations

Research Interests: Foreign Policy and diplomacy, History, Law and International law.

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.

Yuan Yi Zhu


  • “Canada—a new framework for the right to be tried within a reasonable time, R. v Jordan [2016] SCC 27″, Public Law (July 2017), 520-522.
  • (Edited with Tuuli-Anna Huikuri) “Redrawing the Boundaries of International Law”, St Antony’s International Review 14(1) (May 2018).
  • (Edited with M Gehring, A Wardell, E Kassongo, and J Nadeau) CIFOR-UNIKIS-CISDL Sustainable Landscapes Law and Governance Info Brief Series (Montreal: Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, 2015).