Xuan Shao is a DPhil candidate in public international law supervised by Dr Antonios Tzanakopoulos. Her research focuses on international investment law, sources of international law, and treaty interpretation. 

She studied law at Shandong University (LLB (Hons)), University College London (LLM (Dist.)) and Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (LLM (cum laude)). She has been granted various awards, including the Bentham Scholarship, the Peter Birks Scholarship, and Oxford Law Faculty Scholarship, during her studies.

Xuan has been assisting with the International Law Commission Special Rapporteur on the topic General Principles of law. In particular, she assisted with the preparation of the syllubas and the first report of this project. She is also a rapporteur for the Oxford International Organizations (OXIO) database.

Xuan has taught public international law and international investment law in Oxford summer courses. She is currently caoching the Oxford team in Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition. She is also a co-convenor of the Chinese Law Discussion Group.

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Research Interests

Public International Law, International Investment Law, International Commercial Arbitration

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Public International Law

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