FLIA Scholars and Research Fellows
Global Research Teams that Aim to Make a Real Difference
FLIA Scholars are experts who join FLIA by invitation, recommendation and request. They join or lead research projects, attend FLIA programs and events, and and offer academic support.
FLIA Research Fellows take organizing roles in FLIA research projects under the direction of FLIA Scholars. They also assist FLIA Scholars in designing research plans and timelines, as well as produce research reports.
FLIA Research Assistants identify important topics in the field, summarize key academic work and practical information, and assist FLIA Scholars and Research Fellows in conducting research.
Inaugural FLIA Scholars
Passionately committed to improving the academic communication and cooperation at the intersection of law and international affairs.
Larry Backer (the U.S.)
Professor Larry Catá Backer is a Board Memeber of FLIA. He is the W. Richard and Mary Eshelman Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law & International Affairs at the Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on governance related issues of globalization and the constitutional theories of public and private governance, with a focus on institutional frameworks where public and private law systems converge. He is particularly interested in transnational problem solving through law, broadly defined, including issues of corporate social responsibility, the relationship between state-based regulation and transnational systems of “soft” regulation, state participation in private markets and the emerging problems of polycentricity where multiple systems might be simultaneously applied to a single issue or event, and problems of translation between Western and Marxist Leninist (especially Chinese) constitutional systems.
Flora Sapio (Italy)
Dr. Flora Sapio (Habilitated Associate Professor) is a Board Member of FLIA. She is internationally reknown for her sophisticated analyses of themes in China studies ranging from legal theory to politics, from economy and society to political communication, from criminal law to social organisations. Her mixed intellectual background, and life experiences in China, the United States, Europe, and Australia have shaped her perspective on the most diverse topics. She is the author or editor of China: The Justice Experience (Cambridge University Press, 2017), Legal Reforms and Deprivation of Liberty in China (Routledge, 2016), The Politics of Law and Stability in China (Edward Elgar, 2014), Sovereign Power and the Law in China (Brill, 2010), besides several articles and commentaries on contemporary issues.
Mark Poustie (the U.K.)
Professor Poustie has been long served at the University of Strathclyde as Dean of Law School and Vice Dean of the Institute of Social Sciences, in charge of international affairs, and promoted cooperation between the two universities. At the same time, Professor Poustie was very successful in his academic field. He has significant research in the area of environmental law, land law, urban planning law, and EU law, leaving great impact on the international scene. Also, Professor Poustie was an active practitioner, who was involved in the governmental policy making process. He has been teaching international environmental law and the EU law class in Shanghai University of Finance and Economics since 2013.
Shiping Liao (China)
Professor Liao Shiping is a Board Member of FLIA. He is now associate professor in Law School of Beijing Normal University. He focuses on many topics on international law, including the law of the sea, the law of the treaties, international humanitarian law, the jurisprudence of international courts and tribunals, international investment law and international trade law. He serves as legal advisor for Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Commerce of People’s Republic of China, and State Oceanic Administration for years. He also serves as judge for various international law moot competitions, including JESSUP, ELSA WTO, Manfred Lachs Moot of Space Law, Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, International Criminal Court Moot and IHL Moot in Chinese domestic round, Asia-Pacific regional round and World Final Round.