Dr Margaret Liu


Dr Margaret Liu (BA, LLM, PhD, Solicitor) is a Senior Lecturer in law of Coventry Law School where she joined Coventry University in 2001. Prior to joining Coventry Law School, she was a Senior Lecturer and the Head of Law Department in Shaanxi University College of Business and Law in China, and a Solicitor at Xian ZhenDa Law Firm. Margaret’s expertise is in International Trade Law, International Criminal Law and International Human Rights Law, particularly, in the fields of international commercial activities, and public sector restructuring, regulation and reform, policy management and policy process, including formulation, implementation and evaluation. These include restructuring governmental institutions, new public management, a human rights-based public service, and a consumer orientation on delivery services to the public, which challenge the conventions and policies of constitutional and administrative law. 

This work is an outgrowth of her practice-based applied research, drawing on her prior career experience as a solicitor and a legal advisor to a Joint-venture company and local governments, where she advised on public sector reform, a rights-based public service and International Arbitration and International Trade Law. She has been invited to give many of keynotes at international conferences and workshops, such as, The 27th International Congress of Administrative Sciences, Abu Dhabi, UAE, entitled The UK Quality of Public Service: A Shift towards a Rights-based Public Service?; The IIAS 3rd International Conference, Monterrey, Mexico, entitled Is the Information Commissioner a Promoter of Transparency for Better Governance?; The First Specialised International Conference of International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), Sunningdale, UK, entitled The Rise of Cadre Entrepreneurs in China – Elite Transformation?, and so forth.

Dr Margaret Liu has published many of research papers at international conferences and in academic journals to transfer her research results to legal practice. In addition to her research-based activities, she has been involved in developing PhD research culture and continuing professional development (CPD) for short training courses for lawyers. She is a qualified solicitor and a member of SAB and PAB of Coventry Law School.

  • 1983, BA (Hons), Xian Foreign Languages University
  • 1990, LLM, China University of Political Science & Law
  • 2001, PhD, University of Glasgow (UK)
Professional Qualifications: 
  • 1994, Solicitor of People’s Republic of China
  • 2005, Member of the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, UK.
  • 2004, PgCert in HE, Coventry University
Selected outputs:
  • Liu, M. (2007) ‘The UK quality of public Service: A shift towards a rights-based public service?’. In Proceedings of the 27th International Congress of Administrative Sciences, ‘Global Competitiveness and Public Administration: Implications for education and training’. Held 9-14 July 2007 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. 
  • Liu, M. (2006) ‘Transparent Government and Freedom of Information’. Coventry Law Journal 11 (2), 15-28.
  • Liu, M. (2006) ‘Is the Information Commissioner a Promoter of Transparency for Better Governance?’. In Proceedings of the IIAS 3rd International Conference, ‘Transparency for Better GovernanceGeneral Rapporteur’. Held 16-20 July 2006 in Monterrey, Mexico.
  • Liu, M. (2005) ‘Universal human rights: A challenge to state sovereignty?’. In Proceedings of the Hope International Conference on Human Rights. Held in Bombay, India.
  • Liu, M. (2003) ‘Ministerial Responsibility and Constitutional Law’. Coventry Law Journal 7 (2), 25-37.
  • Liu, L. (2001) ‘Restructuring the State: Comparison of Public Sector Reform between the UK and China’. In Proceedings of the IASIA annual conference. ‘Governance and Public Administration in the 21st Century: new trends and new techniques.Implications for education and training’. Held in Athens, Greece.
  • Liu, L. (1999) ‘The Rise of Cadre Entrepreneurs in China – Elite Transformation?’. In Proceedings of the First Specialised International Conference of International Institute of Administrative Sciences, ‘Accountability in Public Administration: reconciling democracy, efficiency and ethics (rule of law)’. Held in Sunningdale, UK.
  • International Trade Law, International Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law
  • Supervision of LLM students’ dissertations
  • Supervision of PhD students

International Trade Law, Rights-based public service, International Human Rights and state obligations, International Criminal Law, etc. PhD applications within above areas are welcome.

Senior Lecturer in Law

PhD Study & Admission Tutor

School of Law
Faculty of Business and Law
Coventry University 
Priory Street

George Eliot Building
Room: GE117

Tel: +44 (0)24 7688 8917 (Direct) 888256 (messages)

Email: m.liu@coventry.ac.uk

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