Julia Qin

Julia Qin

Professor of Law

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Curriculum Vitae


Julia Qin


Professor Julia Qin teaches international business transactions, international finance, international trade law and Chinese business law. She earned her LL.B. from Peking University and LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees from Harvard Law School. She joined the faculty of Wayne State University Law School in fall 2000. Qin held a joint appointment as professor at Tsinghua University Law School in Beijing from 2014 to 2016. She is also a research associate at Peking University International Law Institute.

Before 2000, she was a practicing attorney in the Hong Kong and New York offices of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, specializing in international corporate and securities transactions. Previously she clerked for the late Chief Judge Dominick DiCarlo of the U.S. Court of International Trade.

Qin served as a visiting professor at the University of Michigan Law School in 2013, Seoul National University in South Korea in 2012, Tsinghua University Law School in Beijing in 2008 and Washington University in St. Louis in 2007. She also taught as an adjunct professor at New York University Law School and was a research fellow at the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.

Qin has published in various international law journals and books, and spoken at numerous forums on the subjects of international trade law, public international law and Chinese law. Her article, "WTO Regulation of Subsidies to State-owned Enterprises (SOEs)" in the Journal of international Economic Law, was cited by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito in his dissent opinion in United Haulers Assn. Inc. v. Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Mgmt. Auth., 550 U.S. 330 (2007).

Qin serves on the Board of Consulting Editors of Chinese Journal of International Law. She was a member of the Executive Council for the Society of International Economic Law from 2010 to 2013. She also served as a member of the Council and the Steering Committee for the Chinese Society of International Law.

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Degrees and Certifications

S.J.D., Harvard Law School
LL.M., Harvard Law School
LL.B., Peking University

Selected Publications

Mind the Gap: Navigating Between the WTO Agreement and Its Accession Protocols, in Elsig, Hoekman & Pauwelyn (eds.), Assessing the World Trade Organization: Fit for Purpose? (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

Accommodating Divergent Policy Objectives under WTO Law: Reflections on EC—Seal Products, Am. J. Int’l L. Unbound (2015)

The Conundrum of WTO Accession Protocols: In Search of Legality and Legitimacy, 55:2 Virginia J. Int’l L. 369-450 (2015)

Judicial Authority in WTO Law: A Commentary on the Appellate Body’s Decision in China-Rare Earths, Chinese Journal of International Law (December 2014).

Reforming WTO Discipline on Export Duties: Sovereignty Over Natural Resources, Economic Development and Environmental Protection, 46(5)J. World Trade 1147-1190 (2012)

Pushing the Limits of Global Governance: Trading Rights, Censorship and WTO Jurisprudence – A Commentary on the China-Publications Case, 10(2) Chinese J. Int’l Law 271-322 (2011)

The Challenge of Interpreting 'WTO-Plus' Provisions, 44(1) J. World Trade 127-172 (2010)

Trade, Investment and Beyond: The Impact of WTO Accession on the Chinese Legal System, 191 The China Quarterly 720 (Special Issue, September 2007) - reprint in Donald Clarke (ed.), China's Legal System: New Developments, New Challenges (Cambridge U. Press, 2008) and in Perry Keller (ed.), Law and the Market Economy in China (Ashgate, 2011)

Defining Nondiscrimination under the Law of the World Trade Organization, 23(2) Boston U. Int'l L. J. 215 (Fall 2005)

WTO Regulation of Subsidies to State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs): A Critical Appraisal of the China Accession Protocol, 7(4) J. Int'l Econ. L. 863 (2004) [cited by Justice Alito of the U.S. Supreme Court, dissent opinion in United Haulers Assn., Inc. v. Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Mgmt. Auth., 550 U.S. 330 (2007)

“WTO-Plus” Obligations and Their Implications for the WTO Legal System: An Appraisal of the China Accession Protocol, 37(3) J. World Trade 483 (June 2003)


  • Julia Qin

    was a speaker at the Global Conference on “Challenges, Issues and Responses in the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, sponsored by the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security of the Republic of Korea. The conference was held in Seoul on Dec. 12, 2018, and was attended by approximately 300 diplomats and members of the public.

  • Julia Qin

    delivered a public lecture at Wayne State University Law School on Oct. 3, 2018, entitled “U.S. Trade Wars: The End of an Era for International Trade War?” It was part of the public lecture series of Wayne Law’s Program for International Legal Studies.

  • Julia Qin

    presented at the 2nd Dundee Energy Forum, The Evolving Global Energy and Resources Landscape: Law, Policy and Economics, on June 26. It was held at the University of Dundee in the United Kingdom.

  • Julia Qin

    presented at the 2018 George Washington International Law Review Symposium, A Legal Revolution: Evolving Jurisprudence in Present Day China, on April 13.

  • Julia Qin

    lectured on "Chinese State-Owned Enterprises in the Realm of WTO Subsidy Law," at Columbia University Law School's Trade Law Seminar.

  • Julia Qin

    presented "When is the price right? - Government Ownership of Natural Resources and Market Benchmarks in WTO Subsidy Law," at the American Society of International Law, International Economic Law Interest Group's biennial conference in Washington, D.C.

  • Julia Qin

    served on a panel about "Film and Culture between China and the U.S." at a conference on the Art of International Law at Case Western School of Law in Cleveland.

  • Julia Qin

    presented "China GOES (Article 21.5): Time to Clarify the Standard for Price Suppression and Price Depression in AD/CVD Investigations," at a conference on WTO Case Law Series at European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

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