LL.B., National Taiwan University; LL.M., New York University
Chien-yu Liu is an S.J.D. candidate from Taiwan. Chien-yu graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Law with an LL.M. degree in International Legal Studies and received her LL.B. degree in Financial and Economic Law from National Taiwan University. While at NYU, she worked as a research assistant for the NYU U.S.-Asia Law Institute, completed her master's thesis on international environmental law under the supervision of Professor Katrina Wyman, and conducted directed research on international humanitarian law under the supervision of Professor Philip Alston.
In summer 2008, she was awarded the NYU School of Law Institute for International Law and Justice (IILJ) and Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) Fellowship and interned at the United Nations International Law Commission (UNILC) in Geneva, Switzerland. She did an externship with the law firm Earthjustice based in Oakland, CA. She has also worked on many English-Mandarin translation and editing projects, including U.S. Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights cases. In addition to her research and work experiences, Chien-yu passed Taiwan's bar exam in 2007 and knows French at a conversational level and some German.
Her research interests include international environmental law and international human rights law. Currently, she is working with Professor Edith Brown Weiss to study the legal issues that unfold in protecting persons that are internally displaced due to natural disasters and how the international community should respond to such events under international law.