Dr Walter Lee specialises in Chinese international relations, in particular the competition and cooperation that China engages in global governance. He has a broad interest in intellectual history, knowledge production, and cross-disciplinary research that brings Political Science and the Humanities into conversation. An exemplary outcome is his latest research monograph Principles and Laws in World Politics: Classical Chinese Perspectives on Global Conflict (World Scientific Publishing, 2022, 524 pages).
Dr Lee studied and worked in Hong Kong before obtaining a MA in International Relations from the University of Warwick. He subsequently completed his PhD in Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland with a thesis on Chinese non-interventionism and classical Chinese conceptions of the jus ad bellum. Before joining the HKMU (at the time, OUHK), Dr Lee was Postdoctoral Teaching Associate in Global China Studies and Social Sciences programmes in School of Humanities and Social Science, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He also taught at the University of Auckland and Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in New Zealand.
In research, Dr Lee worked as Senior Research Fellow in China and public international law at the University of Hong Kong (HKU)’s Faculty of Law, and Research Assistant for China in Comparative Perspective Network (CCPN) at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He held Visiting Scholar position at Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in Beijing, as well as Visiting Fellow position at Centre for Comparative and Public Law (CCPL), HKU. Dr Lee was trained earlier in the Humanities. He graduated with a First Class Honours degree, majoring in English and Comparative Literature. His enduring passion for making the world a better place was much inspired and driven by his internship experience with the United Nations General Assembly at New York Headquarters.
Currently, Dr Lee is concentrating on fundamental research in world politics and Chinese IR. He cordially welcomes discussion on potential collaboration in the research direction of performing arts and ideas production in world politics, focusing on contemporary ballet, dance theatre, contemporary dance, and world dance.
Teaching Areas & Research Interests
- Intellectual history and knowledge production
- Chinese international relations
- International organisations and global governance
- Public international law, comparative law
- Aesthetics, hermeneutics, and world politics
Academic & Professional Experience
Assistant Professor, School of Arts and Social Sciences, HKMU (2017-present)
Programme Leader of Global and China Studies, HKMU (2018-present)
Research Fellow, Public and Social Policy Research Centre, HKMU (2019-present)
Guest speaker, Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA), Helsinki (2016)
Senior Research Fellow, Department of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong (2015-16)
Visiting Fellow, Centre for Comparative and Public Law (CCPL), Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong 香港大學法律學院 比較法及公法研究中心訪問學者 (2013, 2015)
Visiting Scholar, Division of International Politics Theory, Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing 中國社會科學院世界經濟與政治研究所 國際政治理論研究室訪問學者 (2013)
Research Assistant, Researchers Fostering Laboratory, China in Comparative Perspective Network Global (formerly China in Comparative Perspective Network, CCPN), London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) 倫敦政治經濟學院 全球中國比較研究會 研究員培養實驗室研究助理 (2009-10)
Intern, General Assembly Affairs Branch, Department of General Assembly and Conference Management (DGACM), United Nations Secretariat, New York (2008)
- Lee, Walter (2022). Principles and Laws in World Politics: Classical Chinese Perspectives on Global Conflict. Singapore; Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific Publishing. [https://worldscientific.com/worldscibooks/10.1142/12155]
Modified Date: 12 Mar, 2022