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Dr Tianyi Jiang

Lecturer in Law

School of Law and Politics

+44 29208 76134
Law Building, Room Room 0.13, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX


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

My general research interests lie in international trade law and maritime law, with focuses on international carriage of goods by sea and international sales law. My 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 exploring how these issues should be regulated under Chinese law.

Before starting my academic career, I was a commercial lawyer practising in China. I 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.









My current research focuses on the harmonisation and modernisation of the law on the legal functions of transport documents in maritime trade. It adopts a holistic perspective, examining the functions of transport documents and their electronic equivalence in a broad context that 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 am also interested in China's 'Belt and Road' initiative, particularly its impact on the development of the law regarding international sales and cargo transportation. 


Undergraduate: Commercial law

Postgraduate: Carriage of Goods by sea


  • Qualifications:

Bangor University, PhD, 2017

University of Manchester, LLM, 2008 

Qingdao University, China, LLB, 2005

  • Professional memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the Society of Legal Scholars

Member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association

Member of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies

  • Academic positions

2020 - present Lecturer in Law, Cardiff University

2018 - 2020  Lecturer in Law, University of Huddersfield

2013 - 2017 Teaching Assistant and Student Officer, School of Law, Bangor University

  • Speaking engagements

"The blockchain-based bill of lading: how should it be managed by law?" Transport Law de lege ferenda 2019 Rotterdam, 2019, Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam

"The legal function of the bill of lading in transfer of rights—To which extent should the law in this regard be unified?"10th Annual Maritime Law & Policy Research Conference, City University of London, 2019

"The right of control in carriage of goods by sea: should it be codified as a mandatory right or left to the freedom of contract?" 10th European Colloquium on Maritime Law Research, Torun', Poland, 2018

"Title to sue under the contract of carriage and the connection with the underlying transaction of cargo" Annual World Congress of Ocean, Dalian, China, 2014

"The transfer of right under the bill of lading and the connection with the underlying transaction of cargo—From the perspective of reforming Chinese Maritime Law" 5th London Maritime Law and Policy Conference, City University of London, 2014

"Shipper's legal status after the transfer of the bill of lading--a comparative study between Chinese law and English law" Welsh Law Schools Annual Conference, Gregynog, Wales, 2013