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Dr Tianyi Jiang

Lecturer in Law

+44 (0) 29 2087 6134
Room 0.13, Law Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX


Tianyi joined Cardiff School of Law & Politics in January 2020. She was previously a lecturer in law in the University of Huddersfield. She received education in both the UK and China. She completed her PhD in law without correction at Bangor University in 2017. She was awarded her LLM in International Business Law by the University of Manchester in 2008, and her LLB by Qingdao University (China) in 2005.

Her general research interests lie in international trade law and maritime law, with particular focuses on international carriage of goods by sea and international sales law. Her PhD thesis examines four crucial issues regarding the transfer of rights through the bill of lading in maritime trade, viz., the transfer of contractual right to sue, the transfer of proprietary interests in goods, the transfer of the right of control, and the legal and policy reasons for the transfer of rights in question. It adopts a law and economic perspective, comparatively analysing how these issues have been settled in English law, American Law and the Rotterdam Rules and answering the question on how these issues shall be regulated under Chinese law.

Before starting her academic career, Tianyi was a commercial lawyer practising in China. She used to work in the legal departments of Haier Group and China COSCO Shipping, dealing with legal affairs concerning international trade, shipping and corporate governance.







Undergraduate: Commercial law; Postgraduate: Carriage of Goods by sea

My current research focuses on the harmonisation and modernisation of the law on the legal functions of transport documents, particularly the bills of lading, in maritime trade. It adopts a holistic perspective, examining the functions of transport documents and their electronic equivalence in a broad context which integrates shipping with trading in its entirety, aiming to identify how the law in this area will evolve and uncover the interplay between the law, policy and disruptive technology.
I also have a long-term research interest in China’s ‘Belt and Road’ initiative, particularly its impact on the development of the law on international sales and transport, cross-border investment and transnational dispute resolution mechanism.

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