Associate Professor Qiao Liu

Associate Professor

School of Law
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
+61 7 336 57174


Dr Qiao Liu is currently an Associate Professor in the TC Beirne School of Law, The University of Queensland (Australia). He obtained his DPhil in law from the University of Oxford. Prior to joining the School in 2007, Professor Liu lectured at the University of the West of England (Bristol). He has also taught part-time at the University of Leicester and the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade. He was a Lee Ka Shing Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, McGill University from January to June 2016, a visiting scholar at the Harvard Law School from July to August 2012 and is an Adjunct Professor of Comparative Law at the School of Law of Xi'an Jiaotong University (China).

Associate Professor Liu teaches and researches in contract, commercial law and Chinese law, with a particular interest in comparative study of Chinese and Anglo-Australian private law. He has published in the Modern Law Review, American Journal of Comparative Law, the Cambridge Law Journal, the Sydney Law Review, Legal Studies, Lloyd's Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly and University of New South Wales Law Journal (all A* journals according to the 2010 ARC ranking table). His book entitled Anticipatory Breach (Hart Publishing Oxford 2011) was extensively cited as an authority in the area by epic common law courts and has been favourably reviewed by leading scholars in the field.

Associate Professor Liu co-authored a leading contract text with Professor Ewan McKendrick of the University of Oxford, Contract Law (Australian Edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). He also translated Peter Birks' seminal book 'Unjust Enrichment' (2nd edn OUP 2005) into Chinese (Tsinghua University Press, 2012). He serves currently as the Editor-in-Chief of the Chinese Journal of Comparative Law (OUP) and holds membership or executive roles in a number of academic societies in the UK, China and Europe as well as in Australia. He was elected a member of the International Academy of Comparative Law early 2013. He was a member of a small expert group working with the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Secretariat on the updating of the Digest on the Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.

Associate Professor Liu has obtained several major research funds in both Australia and China including a highly prestigious ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, a UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award, and a New Century Excellent Talents Award from the Chinese Ministry of Education.

Research Interests

  • Commercial law
  • Contract law
  • Chinese private law
  • comparative private law
  • international commercial law

Research Impacts

Associate Professor Liu's works were extensively cited by the Singapore Court of Appeal in The “STX Mumbai” [2015] SGCA 35, which acknowledged his book 'Anticipatory Breach' as one of the two leading works on this area of common law, and to the House of Lords in the Golden Victory. His works were internationally recognised and well regarded by peers.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Law, Oxf.
  • Magister Juris, Oxf.
  • Master of Philosophy, Oxf.


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Available Projects

  • Contract law provides an essential legal framework for every business deal. Research on Australian and Chinese contract law will provide authoritative guidance to lawyers and assist in facilitating legal dialogue and economic exchange between the two countries.

    For further information contact Dr Qiao Liu, e:

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Featured Publications


  • McKendrick, Ewan and Liu, Qiao Contract Law Australian Edition ed. London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

  • Birks, Peter and Liu, Qiao (translator) 不當得利 [Unjust enrichment]. Beijing, China: Tsinghua University Press, 2012.

  • Liu, Qiao Anticipatory breach. Oxford, United Kingdom: Hart Publishing, 2011.

Book Chapter

  • McKendrick, Ewan and Liu, Qiao (2017). Good faith in contract performance in the Chinese and common laws. In Larry A. Dimatteo and Lei Chen (Ed.), Chinese contract law: civil and common law perspectives (pp. 72-111) Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781316816912.005

  • Liu, Qiao (2016). Anticipatory breach. In Larry DiMatteo, André Janssen, Ulrich Magnus and Reiner Schulze (Ed.), International sales law: contract, principles & practice (pp. 499-528) Germany: Beck, Hart and Nomos.

  • Liu, Qiao and Ren, Xiang (2015). Balancing public interest with transactional security: the validity of contracts tainted with corruption under Chinese law. In Michael J Bonell and Olaf Meyer (Ed.), The Impact of Corruption on International Commercial Contracts (pp. 77-98) Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-19054-9_3

  • Liu, Qiao and Ren, Xiang (2015). CISG in Chinese courts: the first look. In Qiao Liu and Wenhua Shan (Ed.), China and international commercial dispute resolution (pp. 273-305) Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill. doi:10.1163/9789004306738_011

  • Liu, Qiao, Ren, Xiang and Zhang, Zhenxing (2014). A report on commercial codification in China, with a focus on general provisions. In Wen-Yeu Wang (Ed.), Codification in East Asia: selected papers from 2nd IACL Thematic Conference (pp. 81-90) Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-03446-1_6

  • Liu, Qiao (2012). Unjust Enrichment: Expansion from a Core Case (in Chinese). In Huixing Liang (Ed.), Civil and Commercial Law Review (pp. 281-298) Beijing: Law Press (Beijing, China).

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Liu, Qiao (2017). CISG in Chinese Courts–Substantive Applications. In: UNCITRAL-UM Joint Conference 2017 Modernization of National Commercial Laws and the Role of Legal Harmonization in International Commerce, Macau SAR, China, (). 11-12 December 2017.

  • Liu, Qiao (2017). Conducting Comparative Studies on Chinese Law Some Methodological Issues. In: The State of Comparative Law in Asia, National University of Singapore, Singapore, (). 27 September 2017.

  • Qiao Liu (2013). CISG in Chinese Courts. In: China and International Commercial Dispute Resolution, Xi'an, China, (). 10-15 May.

  • Liu, Qiao (2012). National report: codifying Chinese commercial law. In: International Association of Comparative Law Conference on Codification, Taipei, Taiwan, (). 24-26 May 2012.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • Contract law provides an essential legal framework for every business deal. Research on Australian and Chinese contract law will provide authoritative guidance to lawyers and assist in facilitating legal dialogue and economic exchange between the two countries.

    For further information contact Dr Qiao Liu, e: