• Associate Professor
Office:S617A Hartley Teakle building, St Lucia campus
Phone:+61 7 (336) 57174
Consultation:By appointment
Assoc. Professor Qiao Liu


Dr Qiao Liu obtained his DPhil in law from the University of Oxford. He is currently an Associate Professor in the TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland (Australia). Prior to joining the School in 2007, Qiao was a Lecturer at the University of the West of England (Bristol) since 2005. He has also taught part-timely at the University of Leicester and the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade. He was 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).

Qiao 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, 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) has been favourably reviewed by a leading scholar as being 'persuasive... to contemporary courts, and especially to the UK Supreme Court' and '[tending] to bring English law into harmony with other European systems'. Dr Liu's Chinese translation of Peter Birks' seminal book Unjust Enrichment (2nd edn OUP 2005) was recently published by the Tsinghua University Press in China (2012). He also serves as the Managing Deputy 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 is currently 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. Dr Liu has obtained several major research funds in China including the Chinese State Social Science Fund and the Fund for New Century Excellent Talents and has been an awardee of the UQ ECR Grant. In 2014 Dr Liu has been awarded a UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award and a highly prestigious ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award to further his Comparative Studies of Australian and Chinese Private Law.

Research Interests

  • Chinese Comparative Private Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Contract
  • International Commercial Law
  • Unjust Enrichment