CV

MARIA ADELE CARRAI
mcarrai@princeton.edu

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

Postdoctoral Research Associate, China and the World Program, Princeton-Harvard University, USA (2017-2018)

Senior Researcher, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies – KU Leuven, Belgium (2017-2020)

Global Hauser Postdoctoral Fellow, New York University, Law School, New York, USA (2016- 2017)

Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow, Law, European University Institute, Florence, Italy (2015- 2017)

EDUCATION

PhD in Law, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (2012-2016)

M.A. in Political Sciences, University of Bologna, Forlì, Italy (2010-2011)

M.A. with honours in Languages, Economic and Legal Institutions of East Asia, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy (2007-2010 )

B.A. with honours in Chinese Language and Culture, University La Sapienza, Rome (2004-2007)

Erasmus exchange, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK (09/2006-05/2007)

VISITING POSITIONS

Visiting Scholar, Columbia University, Law School, New York, USA (Summer 2017)

Visiting Doctoral Researcher, New York University, Law School, New York, USA (2014-2015)

Guest, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg, Germany (Summer2014)

AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Award for Outstanding Research Postgraduate Student for 2015-16, HKU, Hong Kong (2017)

INCOMING [PEGASUS]² Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship, KU Leuven, Belgium (2017-2020)

Princeton-Harvard China and the World Fellowship, Princeton-Harvard University (2017-2018)

Max Planck Institute for European Legal History Postdoctoral Fellowship, Frankfurt (2017) (declined)

Global Hauser Fellowship, New York University, USA (2016-2017)

Max Weber Fellowship, European University Institute, Florence (acceptance 4,37%) (2015-2017)

Swire Scholarship for Research Students to reside at Robert Black College, Hong Kong (2012-2015)

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship, Hong Kong Government (2012-2015)

Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Scholarship to study in China (2009-2010)

Period of study at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Wuhan, PRC (09/2009-02/2010)

Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Scholarship to study in China (2008-2009)

Period of study at China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, PRC, (02-06/2009)
Period of study at Central University of Economics and Law, Beijing, PRC (09/2008-06/2009)

Erasmus Scholarship to study at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK (2006-2007 )

PUBLICATIONS

Book project:

A genealogy of the concept of sovereignty in China, 1840-present (in contract, Cambridge University Press, expected 2018)

Peer-reviewed articles and book chapters:

“Sogni cosmopoliti: il costituzionalismo globale e le sfide dell’eccezionalismo cinese” Orizzonte Cina 8, 5 (2017)

“China’s Dream of Great Rejuvenation: Deconstructing its Historical Myth,” China’s World 2, 2 (2017)

“It is not the end of History: The Financing Institutions of the Belt and Road Initiative and the Bretton Woods System,” Transnational Dispute Management 3 (2017) URL: www.transnational-dispute-management.com/article.asp?key=2471

“Learning Western techniques of empire: Republican China and the new legal framework for managing Tibet,” Leiden Journal of International Law 4, 30 (2017)

“China’s Unilateral Abrogation of the Sino-Belgian Treaty: A Case Study of a Deviant Transplantation,” in Michael Ng and Zhao Yun ed., Chinese Legal Reform and the Global Legal Order: Adoption and Adaptation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017)

“Translating authority: In search of commensurability between Tianxia world order and Western sovereignty” in Lawrence Wang-chi Wong ed., Translation and Modernization in East Asia in the 19th and Early 20th Century, Asian Translation Traditions series (Hong Kong: Research Centre for Translation and the Chinese University Press, 2017)

“Global constitutionalism and Chinese exceptionalism,” European University Institute Working Papers (2016)

“Il riconoscimento del Market Economy Status alla Cina e l’interpretazione dell’Art. 15 del Protocollo di Accesso: sfide e possibilità per l’Unione Europea,” Osservatorio Costituzionale AIC (Associazione italiana dei costituzionalisti) (October 2016)

“Current Chinese approaches to a global history of international law,” Storica 64, XXII (2016)

“Asian Values,” in Andreas Joh. Wiesand, Kalliopi Chainoglou and Anna Śledzińska-Simon ed., Culture and Human Rights, The Wroclaw Commentaries (Berlin: De Gruyter Publishers, 2016)

“Yijie ‘quanwei’: zai ‘zhuquan’ yu ‘tianxia’ zhong xunqiu gong du xing, 译介「权威」:在「主权」与「天下」中寻求公度性,” Zhengzhi sixiang shi《政治思想史》7, 2 (2016)

“Zhongguoshi ziranfa: lun lizuowei ziranfa duiyingti de juxian,中国式自然法:论“礼”作为自然法对应体的局限” [Chinese natural law: On the limits of the association of li to natural law] translated by Qu Wensheng and Wang Jiali, in Qu Wensheng ed., Legal Translation and Legal Transplantation (Beijing: China Law Press, 2014)

“Diritto naturale in Cina. Limiti e aporie dell’associazione al li,” L’Ircocervo. Rivista elettronica italiana di metodologia giuridica, teoria generale del diritto e dottrina dello stato 1 (2011)

“Which humanity? From cultural to racial ethnocentrism: Chinese perspective on universal history on the threshold of the 20th century,” in Greg Melleuish ed., Universal History, Philosophical History, and the Fate of Humanity (New York: Telos Press ebook, 2019)

Reviews:

Review of Dennis Davis, Alan Richter and Cheryl Saunders (eds.), An Inquiry into the Existence of Global Values: Through the Lens of Comparative Constitutional Law (Portland, Oregon: Hart Publishing, 2015), Asian Journal of International Law 6, 2 (July 2016)

Review of Marta Cartabia and Andrea Simoncini (eds.), Pope Benedict XVI’s Legal Thought, A Dialogue on the Foundation of Law, edited da (Cambridge University Press, New York, 2015 238 pp.), L’Ircocervo. Rivista elettronica italiana di metodologia giuridica, teoria generale del diritto e dottrina dello stato, 2 (2016)

Review of B. F. Pighin, Chiesa e Stato in Cina: dalle imprese di Costantini alle svolte attuali (Venice: Marcianum Press, 2010), L’Ircocervo. Rivista elettronica italiana di metodologia giuridica, teoria generale del diritto e dottrina dello stato, 1 (2011)

Review of Li Buyun, Lun renquan 论人权 [On human rights] (Beijing: Social Sciences Academic Press, 2010), L’Ircocervo. Rivista elettronica italiana di metodologia giuridica, teoria generale del diritto e dottrina dello stato, 1 (2010)

INVITED TALKS, WORKSHOPS AND LECTURES

“Learning Western techniques of empire: Republican China and the new legal framework for managing Tibet”, The University of Hong Kong (01/2018)

“The sovereignization of the Sea: China’s claims of historic rights in the South China Sea”, Conference on the Law of the Sea, UNAM, Mexico City (11/2017)

“The Normative Power of the Spheres of Influence: Peaceful Coexistence and the Juridification of the Cold War in East Asia,” Cold War International Law IV: Tbilisi, Georgia (09/2017)

“ The Pedagogy of Imperial Legalism: The American Lessons to Foreign Educated Chinese that Went Wrong”, China Law Works-in-Progress Workshop II, Columbia University, New York City (04/2017)

“A History of International Law and China’s Search for a Modernity of its own”. Paper presented at the conference From European to Global Orders: International Law and Normativity in Context, Vienna University, Vienna (11/2016)

 “The Imperial Maritime Customs Service and the making of an Inter-national China, 1854-1912”. Paper presented at the 4th EurasiaTrajeco International Conference, EHESS, Paris (11/2016)

“A Chinese perspective on the international legal order: past, present and future”. Paper presented at the Workshop Law in International Orders – Past Present, Lauterpacht Centre, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK (05/2016)

“Equalities and Hierarchies: Republican China’s Search for Juridical Sovereignty”. Paper presented at the Workshop on the History of International Law, European University Institute, Florence (06/2015)

“China’s unilateral abrogation of the Sino-Belgian Treaty: A case study of a Deviant Transplantation”. Paper presented at the Conference Beyond Convergence and Divergence? Symposium on Chinese Legal Reform and the Global Legal Order, Centre for Chinese Law, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (06/2015)

“Globalization and China: Absolute Sovereignty and Beyond”. Paper presented at the Inaugural Hong Kong Law Research Postgraduate Symposium, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (04/2015)

“Chinese conceptualization of international sovereignty, 1864-1895”. Research Presentation at the Colloquium of the Cluster’s Graduate Programme for Transcultural Studies, Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe”, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg (07/2014)

SELECTED PAPER PRESENTATIONS

“The soft Mega‐Regional order of the BRI: a four‐level analysis of its regulatory structure” Harvard Law School IGLP Scholars Workshop, Bangkok (01/2018)

“Learning Western techniques of empire: Republican China and the new legal framework for managing Tibet”. Paper presented at the Conference Law between Global and Colonial: Techniques of Empire, University of Helsinki, Helsinki (10/2016)

“Imagining national boundaries within a shenzhou: Constructing a sovereign China through a secularized geography 1830-1870.” Paper presented at the Workshop Frontiers, foreigners, and legal frameworks: transnational and historical perspectives, European University Institute, Florence (06/2016)

“Global Constitutionalism and legitimacy: Where does Chinese exceptionalism fit?” Paper presented at the ICONS Conference, Humboldt University, Berlin (06/2016)

“On Chinese exceptionalism and Rawls theory of the Decent peoples”. Paper presented at the Max Weber 10th Social Issues for Social Sciences Conference, Dimensions of Equality, Effectiveness and Efficiency – Past and Future, European University Institute, Florence (06/2016)

“International legal orders and Chinese exceptionalism”. Paper presented at the Fifth Oxford Young Scholars Conference of Contemporary China, University of Oxford, Oxford (05/2016)

“Global Constitutionalism and legitimacy: Where does Chinese exceptionalism fit?” Paper presented at the Workshop Global Constitutionalism without Global Democracy, European University Institute, Florence (01/2016)

 “Globalization: possibilities and challenges for Chinese sovereignty: 1989-today”. Paper presented at the JSD Forum, New York University, New York (04/2015)

“Which humanity? From cultural to racial ethnocentrism: Chinese anthropological perspective on universal history in the 19th century”. Paper presented at the Telos Paul Piccone Centre Conference, New York (02/2015)

“Chinese sovereign revolution: temporal acceleration toward a better future?” Paper presented at the American Oriental Society Annual Meeting 2014, Stanford University, Stanford (10/2014)

“Changing paradigms in assessing sovereignty in China in the 21st Century: From selective adaptation to heterogeneous use”. Paper presented at the 8th Annual Conference of the European China Law Studies, Oxford University, Oxford (09/2013)

“Translating authority: In search of commensurability between Tianxia world order and Western sovereignty”. Paper presented at The Translation and Modernization in East Asia Conference, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (05/2013)

“Natural law and human rights in China and Europe: a dialectic of telos”. Paper presented at the Workshop of the China EU School of Law, Chinese University of Political Science and Law, Beijing (03/2007)

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Lecturer, ‘Asian values’, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany (Spring2016)

Member of the Scientific Committee for the organization of the 10th Social Issues for Social Sciences Conference, Dimensions of Equality, Effectiveness and Efficiency – Past and Future, European Uiversity Institute, Florence, Italy (2016)

Organizer of the workshop ‘Frontiers, foreigners, and legal frameworks: transnational and historical perspectives’, European University Institute, Florence, Italy (2015-2016)

Law representative for Max Weber postdoctoral fellows; Member of the Max Weber Programme Steering Committee, European University Institute, Florence, Italy (2015-2016)

Member of the Editorial Committee, L’Ircocervo, Electronic Review of Legal Philosophy, University of Padua, Italy (2008-present)

FURTHER TRAINING

Executive Training Seminar “China’s Prospects after the 19th Communist Party Congress: Envisioning Multiple Scenarios”, European University Institute, Florence, Italy (12/2017)

Max Weber Teaching Certificate, European University Institute, Florence, Italy (2015-2016)

Executive Training Seminar “Mapping China’s Futures”, European University Institute, Florence, Italy (05/2016)

International Delegate (acceptance 2,6 %), Yenching Global Symposium “China meets the world, the world comes to China,” Beijing, PRC (03/2016)

Chinese philosophy, Songyang Academy Cultural Summer Program, Dengfeng, PRC (07/2013)

Ca’ Foscari – Harvard Summer School, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy (06-08/2008)

Legal Philosophy, Fondazione Studium Generale Marcianum, Venice, Italy (02-06/2007)

Law from a Cultural Perspective, Venice International University, Venice, Italy (02-06/2007)

LANGUAGES

Italian (mother tongue), English (fluent), Chinese (fluent), French (intermediate), Arabic (basic), Japanese (basic)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Oriental Society (member)
Asian Society of International Law (member)
ICON Society (member)
International Studies Association (member)
International Society for Law and Chinese History (member)