Postdoctoral Fellow (International Trade Law)

Job Description & Qualification


Applications are invited for:-

Faculty of Law
Postdoctoral Fellow (International Trade Law)
(Ref. 190000SV) (Closing date: June 3, 2019)

Trade in Services plays a crucial role in the continued development of the global economy, and is becoming even more important as cross-border trade in services is becoming easier, cheaper and more convenient. In this context, the Faculty of Law at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK Law) has an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow position in International Trade Law, focusing on trade in digital services and in the design of services chapters in trade agreements, under its Impact Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme. The appointee will work with Professor Bryan Mercurio to produce research with a demonstrable impact for the legal community, non-governmental organizations and other beneficiaries.

This appointment is designed to cultivate early-stage academics with a keen interest in making a significant "Impact" on society. Impact is defined "as the demonstrable contributions, beneficial effects, valuable changes or advantages that research qualitatively brings to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life; and that are beyond the academia."

Applicants should have (i) a PhD or equivalent in Law, ideally in International Trade Law with a focus on services; (ii) demonstrated academic capabilities and/or practical experience in international trade law, digital trade and/or free trade agreements (ideally with publications in these fields); (iii) capacity to interact with the industry and/or policy-makers; and (iv) a strong command of English.

Responsibilities of the appointee are exclusively research-related. Duties include (a) writing practical-based research reports and publishing in reputable academic outlets; (b) hosting and presenting at workshops; and (c) organizing and liaising with identified stakeholders. He/She will work on two services-related projects. The first will be to study and make recommendations on how the Government of Hong Kong should build a strategy for and regulate cross-border data flows in light of its status as a global financial services hub and gateway to China. The second project will focus on the design and architecture of the services chapters of free trade agreements. Services account for over 70 percent of all economic activity and over 30 percent of trade. The aim of this project will be to construct guidelines and a draft template to assist countries in negotiating services agreements, particularly those countries transitioning from the GATS-style liberalization commitments to the so-called “negative list” approach to scheduling commitments.

Appointment will initially be made on contract basis for one year commencing August 2019, renewable subject to good performance, funding availability and mutual agreement.

Applicants should submit the following documents in the online application: (1) a detailed curriculum vitae; (2) a description of research interest and direction; (3) a list of publications; (4) one sample publication; (5) a list of two referees with full contact information; and (6) any other supporting documents.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so early applications are encouraged.

For more information, please contact Professor Bryan Mercurio at

About CUHK Law:

The Faculty of Law at The Chinese University of Hong Kong is one of the most dynamic and successful law schools in Asia. Since admitting its first students in 2006 it has grown in scale and reputation. With more than 1,300 students enrolled in its programmes (LLB, LLM, JD, Postgraduate Certificate in Laws and MPhil / PhD) it is the largest provider of legal education in Hong Kong, and it is ranked in the top 50 law schools worldwide by both the Times Higher Education and QS rankings systems. Its strength in research was recognised in the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise conducted by the Hong Kong University Grants Committee when it was ranked ahead of all other law schools in Hong Kong with 64% of its research ranked as “world leading” or “internationally significant”.

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