Dr I-Ju Chen

Birmingham Law School
Teaching Fellow

Dr I-Ju Chen is an international economic law scholar with recognised teaching and scholarships. Her pedagogical approach involves a wide range of her practising experience and research training. She is a guest lecturer to law schools in Taiwan, and in 2019 she delivered a lecture on commercial law and the impact of Brexit to Chinese judges. She is also an experienced international law mooting coach and judge. In 2021, she was appointed as a panellist in the Final Oral Round in the 19th John H. Jackson WTO Moot Court competition.

She was Visiting Scholar of the School of Law at Durham University. She is a member of the editorial board of the Chinese (Taiwan) Yearbook of International Law and Affairs. She is additionally an expert reviewer of policy reports of think-tanks in East Asia, e.g. Korea Legislation Research Institute.


  • PhD in Law (University of Birmingham)
  • LLM in EU Competition Law (University College London)
  • LLM and LLB (National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan)


Dr I-Ju Chen joined Birmingham Law School in March 2022. Previously, she was a visiting lecturer of the Law School. She taught on WTO law and legal systems at Birmingham City University (BCU), where she was a research committee member and prepared for in the institution’s submission for the national assessment (research excellence framework, REF). In July 2021, this REF involvement won the BCU Faculty of Business, Law, and Social Science Dean’s Award ‘Exceptional Team of the Year’. Between 2020 and 2021, she had been a lead coordinator of the West Midlands Legal Doctoral Network to advise and support doctoral researchers in law schools in the region.

Dr Chen was a recipient of a prestigious overseas study scholarship provided by the Taiwanese Government to complete her LLM at UCL and PhD at the University of Birmingham. Her PhD was also sponsored by the College of Arts and Law at the University of Birmingham and won Best Paper in Taiwan Science Symposium held in Leeds in 2018. Prior to pursuing further study in the UK, she practised for 3 years as a senior legal and compliance executive of a multinational banking insurance company, BNP Paribas Cardif, and a litigation paralegal. While working in the leading science and technology law and policy think-tank in Taiwan, she offered legal opinions to drafts and amendments to regulations. Moreover, she published in periodicals and wrote reports for government commissioned projects.   


  • Contract Law
  • Equity and Trusts
  • Birmingham Law School Skills Academy workshop on essay writing


Dr I-Ju Chen’s current research focuses on three areas: the linkage between trade and sustainable development in the WTO and Asia-Pacific; gender and trade; EU external economic relations law and policy. She is a co-PI of a research project on the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment which won Academic Research Grant of the Macau Foundation and the Institute of European Studies of Macau (IEEM) in Macau, China. She is the author of two headnotes on regional fishery management organisations in Oxford International Organisations (OXIO) databases.

Dr Chen’s articles are published in renowned academic journals, such as Chinese Journal of Comparative Law (OUP), Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, and Asian Journal of WTO and International Health Law and Policy. Dr Chen has several working papers respectively on gender equality embedded in labour provisions in the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement and environmental clauses in free trade agreements in Asia-Pacific.