Julia Qin

Julia Qin

Professor of Law


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Julia Qin

  • Biography

    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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    Julia Qin on SSRN

  • 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)

  • Social Science Research Network
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    • New: Forced Technology Transfer and the US-China Trade War: Implications for International Economic Law
      August 16, 2019
      Forced technology transfer has emerged from the US-China trade war as a new issue of systemic importance. The United States, the European Union and Japan have jointly condemned forced technology transfer as a practice undermining the proper function of international trade and called for new WTO rules to discipline the practice. This article seeks to examine the issue in the broad context of international economic law. It makes several contributions. First, it provides much needed clarification to the notion of forced technology transfer. Second, it traces the origin of “forced technology transfer” in China to the market-for-technology policy adopted in the early days of its economic reform, and examines the legitimacy of this policy (or the lack thereof) in its historical and contemporary contexts. Third, it provides an overview of existing international rules on the practice of government-compelled technology transfer, and explains the lack of a generally applicable discipline on ...
  • Accomplishments
    • Julia Qinserved 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 Qinpresented "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 Qinlectured on "Chinese State-Owned Enterprises in the Realm of WTO Subsidy Law," at Columbia University Law School's Trade Law Seminar.
    • 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 Qinpresented at the 2018 George Washington International Law Review Symposium, A Legal Revolution: Evolving Jurisprudence in Present Day China, on April 13.
    • 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.

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