Assistant Professor
The Open University of Hong Kong


Areas of Expertise
Development of International Law, Global Governance, International Affairs, International Justice, International Organizations, The Responsibility to Protect, United Nations Reform, North-South Relations, Comparative Politics, Secretaries-General

Region of Focus
East Asia and the Pacific

Dr. Walter Lee is Assistant Professor in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at The Open University of Hong Kong. Before he joined the School, he had worked as Teaching Associate in the School of Humanities and Social Science at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Law at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). Dr. Lee was a research assistant in Researcher Fostering Laboratory, China in Comparative Perspective Network (CCPN) at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He also have teaching experiences at The University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in New Zealand. Dr. Lee holds membership to International Studies Association (ISA), Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS), Asian Academy of International Law (AAIL), and European Association for Chinese Studies (EACS). In recent years, he has been an active paper presenter, panel chair and discussant at international conferences and seminars in Finland, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom. His forthcoming research projects cover non/post-positivist and non/post-Western IR, global knowledge production in IR, transformation of liberal international order, and the reinvention of diasporic Chinese cosmopolitanism.

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 September 2017