Dr Ying Yu is a Research Fellow in Law Justice and Society at Wolfson College, and a member of the Faculty of Law in the University of Oxford. She is an Associate of China Centre, and a Programme Associate on the Civil Justice Programme of Oxford University.
Ying is interested in researching the emerging issues in digital economy building on her former work on international trade, maritime law and private international law. Her research includes national systems, the European Union, and the international dimension. Among the numerous issues concerning such rights and protections, she has concentrated on several: consumer protection; forms of dispute resolution; e-commerce; financial services, tourism and cross-border transactions.
Ying combines her academic research and writing with active engagement in policy issues. Ying is a frequent speaker at UN meetings on consumer protection and digital economy, she is a Committee Member of the ILA (International Law Association) Consumer Protection Committee. She leads the UNCTAD RPP Project of Best Practices of Consumer Redress in UNCTAD, Geneva. She founded the Research Centre for Policy and Law on Global Consumer Protection which was the first consumer NGO in China.
Ying is writing a book on Chinese Legal Cultural Heritage: Confucius' ideas on Law, Justice and Society. This work is a re-interpretation of Confucius' idea on how to maintain a good social order by his design, in particular, “Non-litigation (无讼)” in dispute resolution, distributive justice and due process.
Ying has been engaging with the foremost Chinese anti-corruption think tank, Hunan Anti-corruption Research Centre. As a Special Expert of the centre, Ying is collaborating with Dr Xinming Chen on redefining the essence of incorruptible culture in ancient China from Confucius’ thought.