Sienho Yee © 易 显 河 （中文简历）
Changjiang Xuezhe Professor of International Law and Chief Expert, Wuhan University Institute of Boundary and Ocean Studies and Institute of International Law
Member, Institut de Droit International ; **Member of the US Supreme Court Bar
Author: Towards an International Law of Co-progressiveness ** Editor-in-chief, Chinese Journal of International Law (an Oxford journal; SSCI)
Correspondence Address: Professor Sienho Yee, Institute of Boundary and Ocean Studies, Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei 430072, China
Sienho Yee’s research interests are in public international law (PIL), especially the jurisprudence of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the structural questions of the international legal system. His articles have appeared in fine journals (List of publications) such as American Journal of International Law, Columbia Law Review, Chinese Journal of International Law; European Journal of International Law, German Yearbook of International Law, International and Comparative Law Quarterly (ICLQ), Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law, and Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, and some have been used as reading materials in august universities and cited in good casebooks, and cited, reviewed, abstracted, debated in good journals and used in international litigation. His paper, “A Proposal to Reformulate Article 23 of the ILC Draft Statute for an International Criminal Court”, 19 Hastings International & Comparative Law Review (1996), 529 (on the relationship between the United Nations Security Council and the International Criminal Court), has been considered by some to have contributed to “the origination of the principle employed in” an important provision, Article 16, of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Another paper, The Interpretation of “Treaties in Force” in Article 35(2) of the Statute of the ICJ, 47 ICLQ (1998), 884 was reproduced by Germany as Annex 31 to its Preliminary Objections filed in the Legality of Use of Force (Serbia and Montenegro v. Germany) case before the International Court of Justice and discussed in that filing (pp. iv; 28) and was described as an “excellent study” [sic] in Italy’s filing (pp. 11-12), and then was quoted by one paragraph in Judge Elaraby’s 8 separate opinions (ICJ Reports 2004, pp. 262, 508, 653, 798, 944, 1093, 1240, 1385) in the related cases. His arguments were discussed several times in open court on 9 May 2006 in another related case at the ICJ. His other papers have also been cited in the Mauritius v. UK arbitration award and in an separate opinion in the California Supreme Court. He contributed two papers with almost 100 pages on Article 40 (how to start a case) and Article 45 (the President’s control over proceedings) of the ICJ Statute to the book The Statute of the International Court of Justice: A Commentary (Oxford University Press 2006 & 2d edn, 2012). In 2016, he served as the principal presenter on Article 38 of the Statute and applicable law at the Seminar organized by the ICJ to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its founding. In July 2012, he delivered a special course of lectures on “jus cogens at the International Court of Justice” at The Hague Academy of International Law. He also delivered other special courses on aspects of dispute settlement at Thessaloniki Institute on standing to invoke State responsibility in 2003, at Xiamen Academy on ICJ Statute, art.38(1)(d) in 2007 and again at Xiamen Academy on the dispute settlement system under the UN Law of the Sea Convention in 2014.
In a paper published in April 2001 he proposed the concept of the “international law of co-progressiveness” and coined this phrase to capture the spirit of the current stage of international law development following the law of co-existence and the law of co-operation. His exposition of this concept has been used as teaching materials internationally (Course 1; Course 2), featured in Xinhua Digests and Renmin University Reprints. Innsbruck University invited him to give a on the concept. Martinus Nijhoff has published his “collected works” elaborating the concept: Towards an International Law of Co-progressiveness (Part I, 2004; * Part II: Membership, Leadership and Responsibility, 2014). He has also been invited to participate in other world projects such as the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law and International Law in Domestic Courts.
His educational and professional qualifications include his Juris Doctor degree in 1993 from Columbia Univ. Law School (Columbia Law Review note author) and membership in the Bar of New York State (1994) and the Bar of the US Supreme Court (2004). He was also a student in some other interesting places.
He became a membre associé of Institut de droit international (IDI) in 2009 in Napoli at 44, and membre in 2013 in Tokyo. He is also a Headquarters member of the International Law Association.
His experiences include being: (1) Changjiang Xuezhe Professor of International Law and Chief Expert, Wuhan University Institute of Boundary and Ocean Studies and Institute of International Law, Wuhan, China; (2) Editor-in-chief (founding co-editor-in-chief), Chinese Journal of International Law (Oxford; SSCI) & Advisory Board Member and formerly editor, International Law in Domestic Courts (Oxford) and member of various other boards of editors; (3) Project Chief Expert, “State Major Research Project” on “China’s Constructive Role in the Settlement of International Disputes and Global Crisis-situations” (China Social Sciences Foundation), and occasional expert consultant to governmental authorities from different continents in various matters including case preparation before the ICJ and ITLOS and amicus brief before the US Supreme Court (in Kiobel case); (4) Member of IDI Commission on Jurisprudence and Precedent in International Law and others; Sub-reporter on ICJ reform for the ILA Study Group on UN Reform, member of the Study Group on the Practice and Procedure of International Courts and Tribunals and of the Committee on Baselines; and former Chair (2001-04), ILA American Branch Committee on International Dispute Settlement; (5) former judicial law clerk to (a) Judge Li Haopei, Appeals Chamber, UN Int’l Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and to (b) Judge Robert E. Cowen, US Court of Appeals, 3d Cir.; (6) former counsel, IMF Legal Dept; (7) associate, Sullivan & Cromwell, New York; (8) formerly, Fowler Hamilton Visiting Research Fellow, Christ Church, Oxford; Rockefeller Bellagio Resident Fellow; Tengfei Professor of International Law and Director of the Silk Road Institute of International Law, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China; associate professor of law at the University of Colorado School of Law; lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London and teacher of international law in other interesting places.
He has given invited presentations/lectures at interesting places including Beijing (on international law of co-progressiveness); the Old Library, All Souls College, Oxford (on Opinio Juris); the “Very Hot Palace” at St Petersburg, Russia during its 300th anniversary celebrations (on Forum prorogatum returns to the International Court of Justice); Oxford Public International Law Group (on ITLOS presidency) and Wuhan (on member responsibility for acts of an international organization).