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Senior Research Fellow
The University of Hong Kong


Areas of Expertise
Development of International Law , Ethics and Leadership, Global Governance, International Criminal Court, International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Justice, Secretaries-General , The Responsibility to Protect, United Nations Reform

Region of Focus
East Asia and the Pacific

Walter is Senior Research Assistant at Department of Law, Faculty of Law. He held Visiting Fellowships at Centre for Comparative and Public Law (CCPL) in 2013 and 2015. He was also a Visiting Scholar to Division of International Politics Theory, Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP) at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in Beijing. Having recently completed his Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations at The University of Auckland, Walter is working on a postdoctoral research project on reinventing Chinese cosmopolitanism in light of Gadamerian redefinition of “China” and Sino-Western comparative study of international legal and political theory.

Recent Publications

Lee, Walter. ‘China’s Unassertive Rise: What Is Assertiveness and How We Have Misunderstood It?’ International Journal of China Studies, Vol. 4, No. 3 (Supplement), December 2013, 503-538.

Lee, Walter. ‘China’s Stand on Humanitarian Intervention and R2P: Challenges and the Problematic “West”?’ International Journal of China Studies, Vol. 4, No. 3 (Supplement), December 2013, 469-484.

Lee, Walter. Review of the book Never Forget National Humiliation: Historical Memory in Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy, by Wang Zheng (New York: Columbia University Press, 2012) for Dialogues on Historical Justice and Memory, Columbia University, December 2013.

Lee, Walter Wan-fai. ‘We Can All Be Moral Leaders.’ Essay entry to 2013 International Student/Teacher Essay Contest: What Does Moral Leadership Mean to You? Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, December 2013.


Updated March2016