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Xiao Mao is a research student focusing on international dispute settlement at the University of Oxford, where she is sponsored by the Rhodes Scholarship. Her research is supervised by Professor Dan Sarooshi QC. 

She holds an Msc in International Crimes and Criminology from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, an LLM in International Law from University College London with distinction, and an LLB from Shanghai Jiao Tong University with distinction. Before coming to Oxford, she was devoted to international law in various capacities, e.g. as a research associate for a Pro-bono Law Firm (Public International Law and Policy Group-NL), as a Focal Point for NGOs (Chinese Initiative on International Law based in China and in the Hague), as a researcher for Research Centres (e.g. the Centre for Tokyo Trial Studies at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Centre for International Criminal Justice at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and as an editor for legal journals and blogs. She has made presentations at several academic symposiums and published several peer-reviewed articles on legal journals in Chinese and English. Her study and research were sponsored by a number of scholarships, such as the VUFP/Orange Tulip Scholarship, National Scholarship awarded by the Chinese Ministry of Education, KoGuan Scholarship (twice) and Chun-Tsung Scholarship etc. Her bachelor thesis won Prize of Excellent Bachelor Thesis (Top 1%) of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Her research interest lies in public international law, international dispute settlement, international criminal law and war law.

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Public international law, international dispute settlement, international criminal law, war law

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