Dr Liz Lijun Zhao is a Lecturer in Law (Assistant Professor equivalent) at Middlesex University. She pursued her legal education in the UK (PhD – Bangor), and China (LLB, LLM and MPhil in law). Liz has expertise in international trade and maritime law. Besides legal training, she has an interdisciplinary background in economics, business and management. Liz is also a qualified Fellow of the British Higher Education Association.
Before joining academia, Liz was called to the Bar of P.R. China and specialises in commercial law and judicial review. She successfully passed the PRC Bar Exam in 2008 and worked as a lawyer in Beijing, handling commercial cases.
Liz has also acted as a consultant for several governmental law reform projects. For instance, ‘The Protection of Victims in Criminal Cases’ with the Supreme People’s Procuratorate of PR China, ‘A Comparative Study on the External Supervision on Civil Cases’ with Higher People's Court of Shandong Province, and currently the SWiC Project (The Seafarers' Welfare in Chinese Ports Project) in Shanghai, Ningbo and Shenzhen, Multimodal transport in UK and Europe, such as London, Southampton, and Hamburg.
Dr Zhao has held visiting posts at various institutions including Harvard Law School, the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and Private Law in Hamburg, Swansea University, Cardiff University and Shanghai Maritime University. Prior to joining Middlesex University, Dr Zhao was a Teaching Fellow and Liaison Officer at Bangor University, and Executive Editor of Journal of China University of Political Science and Law. Recently, Liz served as Co-Founding Director of the China-Europe Commercial Collaboration Association (CECCA), a Member of China Centre (Maritime) of Southampton Solent University, Adjunct Professor at The University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) and Shanghai Maritime University to conduct some collaborative projects.
Liz’s research has been published widely. She specialises in International Trade, Commerical Law, Maritime and Transport Law, Comparative and Chinese Law. Many articles of hers have been published in international peer-reviewed journals. Some articles are archived by the UN Library and indexed in the UNCITRAL Bibliography on international trade and maritime law.
Liz has experience in teaching many undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Her teaching areas cover English Legal System, Contract, Tort, EU law, WTO law, International Sales of Goods, Insurance, Competition Law, Law of the Seas, Commercial Law, Maritime and Transport Law.
Dr Zhao works as Coordinator of PhD and LLM/MA Programmes. She has expertise in commercial law and transport law. She lectured Carriage of Goods by Sea and Law of the Seas. For research students, she arranges annual meetings and regular training such as Research Methodologies and Academic Writing.
As Director of the CECCA and a member of the Society of Legal Scholars and the British Society of Comparative Law, Dr Zhao has delivered many presentations at international conferences in Harvard, Buenos Aires, Cologne, London, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Shanghai and so on. For instance, IMO World Maritime Day, the WTO conferences and public forums, and the SLS annual conference.