Assistant Professor
The Open University of Hong Kong


Areas of Expertise
Development of International Law, Ethics and Leadership, Global Governance, International Organizations, Secretaries-General, The Responsibility to Protect, United Nations, United Nations Reform

Region of Focus
East Asia and the Pacific

Dr. Lee is Assistant Professor, Programme Leader for Global and China Studies, and Research Fellow of Public and Social Policy Research Institute. Before he joined the School, he had taught Global China Studies and Social Sciences programmes in the School of Humanities and Social Science at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He was Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Law at The University of Hong Kong (HKU), Visiting Scholar at the Division of International Political Theory, Institute of World Economics and Politics at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in Beijing, and Research Assistant in Researcher Fostering Laboratory, China in Comparative Perspective Network Global at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Dr. Lee has teaching experiences at The University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. Dr. Lee holds membership to International Studies Association, International Political Science Association, Academic Council on the United Nations System, Asian Academy of International Law, and European Association for Chinese Studies. In recent years, he has been academically active in Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, and Russia

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 March 2019