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LIU Yiqiang (Michael Liu)

Visiting Scholar, Paul Tsai China Center


Michael Liu is a lawyer and civil society leader from China. In 2012, he founded the Chinese Initiative on International Law (“CIIL”), an NGO dedicated to raising Chinese law students’ and lawyers’ awareness of and participation in international law and justice issues. In 2016, CIIL launched Rainbow Law School, a project for legal advocacy capacity and community building for the next generation of Chinese lawyers focusing on LGBT rights advocacy. In 2016, CIIL also worked with a first-tier public foundation in China to incubate the Common Future Fund (“CFF“), a first-of-its-kind project in China that provides relief and economic opportunity to Syrian refugees. CIIL has offices in Beijing, The Hague, and Beirut, and has been granted a consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Previously, Mr. Liu was a victims’ counsel at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and worked at the International Criminal Court, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and Fangda Partners, a private law firm.