Jing Tao

Visiting Scholar

Jing Tao (陶靖) specializes in international relations, international law, China’s foreign policy, and East Asian security. During the 2015-2016 fellowship period, she is working on a book manuscript entitled “Sovereignty Costs and China’s Socialization into International Legal Regimes: Evidence from Hard Law.” This project develops from her dissertation, and uses different types of “hard laws” with legalized dispute settlement mechanisms to examine the depth of China’s socialization in international legal regimes and the changes and continuities of China’s approach to state sovereignty. She is also working on a new project, examining how international law influences China’s strategies of managing maritime disputes and the dynamics of interactions among Asian states regarding those disputes in East and South China Seas. She holds double B.A. degrees in International Relations and Economics, an M.A. degree in International Relations from Peking University, and a Ph.D. degree in Political Science from Cornell University. She was a post-doctoral research associate in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program at Princeton University in 2014-2015. Her recent works will be forthcoming in the Journal of Contemporary China (2015), and in an edited book volume, China's Socialist Rule of Law Reforms Under Xi Jinping, published by Routledge (2016).

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