Margaret Liu

Dr, Senior Lecturer

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    1. International Arbitration Law
    2. International Trade Law
    3. International Human Rights
    4. International Criminal Law
    5. Comparative Study on Anti-Suit Injunctions
    6. Others Related to Comparative Legal Study

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    Personal profile


    Dr Margaret Liu is an Assistant Professor in law at Coventry Law School and also the Director of Law PGRs. Prior to joining Coventry Law School she was a Senior Lecturer and the Head of Law Department in Shaanxi University of Business and Law in China, and a Solicitor at Xian ZhenDa Law Firm. Dr Liu’s expertise is in International Commercial Arbitration, International Human Rights Law, International Trade Law, and International Criminal Law, particularly, in the fields of international arbitration, the protection of child’ s rights and legal pedagogy education.

    This work is an outgrowth of her practice-based applied research, drawing on her prior career experience as a solicitor and a legal advisor to a Joint-venture company and local governments, where she advised on public sector reform, a rights-based public service and international commercial arbitration. Dr Liu has been invited to give many of keynotes at international conferences, workshops and seminars. She has published many of research papers in academic journals and at conferences to transfer her research results to legal practice. In addition to her research-based activities, she presently leads the law modules of international trade law, international human rights law and international criminal law on LLM programs. She is a qualified solicitor and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy of the United Kingdom. She has successfully supervised more than 150 LLM projects, leading to the award of their degrees since 2001 at Coventry University. She has also successfully completed 4 PhD supervisions in the field of international commercial arbitration, international human rights law and international humanitarian law, leading to the award of Doctoral Philosophy (PhD) since 2016.


    • 1983, BA (Hons), Xian Foreign Languages University
    • 1990, LLM, China University of Political Science & Law, Beijing, China
    • 2001, PhD, University of Glasgow (UK)

    Professional Qualifications: 

    • 1994, Solicitor of People’s Republic of China
    • 2004, PgCert in HE, Coventry University
    • 2019, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.

     Research outputs:


    • International trade law,
    • International commercial arbitration
    • international human rights law,
    • international criminal law

     PhD supervision

     Accept PhD students in the field of international commercial arbitration, international human rights law and state obligations, as well as international criminal law. PhD applications within the above areas are welcome. Please email me to arrange an appointment at

     PhD Supervision to successful completions:

    1.       David Ndolo (Kenya)

    Topic: Arbitration Law and Practice in Kenya as compared to the UK and US with Specific focus on Anti-suit Injunctions and Arbitrability of Disputes, (Coventry University, April 2021). He is now the lecturer at Coventry Law School, Coventry University, UK.

    2.       Ehab Qouteshat (Jordan)

    Topic: Joinder of the third party arbitration proceedings: Lessons learnt from the United Kingdom (Coventry University, July 2021). He is now a part-time lecturer at Coventry Law School, Coventry University, UK.

     3.       Aminu Abbas Abubakar (Nigeria)

    Topic: Right to Economic Self-Determination and the Role of International Law in the Contemporary Sovereign Debt Bondage: A Case Study of Nigeria(Coventry University, July2021).

    4Muhammad Ibrhim Bukar (Nigeria)

    Topic: A critical Analysis of challenges of effective enforcement of international humanitarian law: A study of the fight against Boko Haram in Nigeria (Coventry University, November 2021).

    5. Grace Young (Nigeria)

    Topic: Incorporating Socio-Economic Rights in World Trade: A Comparative Study of the Impact of Trade Liberalisation on the Right to Access Food in the European Union and Sub-Saharan African Countries (Coventry University, November 2023)

    6. Yassine Khadidjatou Sangare (Cote D'ivoire)

    Topic: Enforcement of international arbitral awards in developing and developed countries: A comparative study between the OHADA regime and the United Kingdom (Coventry University, November 2023)


    International Trade Law, International Commercial Arbitration, International Human Rights and State Obligations, International Criminal Law and Legal Pedagogy Education.


    I acted as the external examiner (2016-2020) of various LLM and graduate law programmes at London South Bank University in the areas of International trade law, principles of international commercial law, mediation and negotiation, international business, human rights and corporate responsibility, Chinese business law, civil justice, contexts, theories and challenges, civil litigation practice, Dissertation, international commercial arbitration, legal advice (clinical) and international commercial law research methods.


    Research Interests

    International Trade Law; Rights-based public service; International Criminal Law ; International Human Rights and State Obligations

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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