Asian Academy of International Law

Dr WU, Shicun

Chairman of the Board of Directors

China-Southeast Asia Research Center on the South China Sea


Huayang Institute for Research on Maritime Cooperation and Ocean Governance

Dr Wu Shicun is chairman of board of directors of the China-Southeast Asia Research Center on the South China Sea, chairman of Huayang Institute for Research on Maritime Cooperation and Ocean Governance, as well as founding president, chairman of the academic committee and senior research fellow of China’s National Institute for South China Sea Studies. He also serves as chairman of the advisory board of Institute for China-America Studies, vice president of the China Institute for Free Trade Ports Studies, member of Academic Committee of Center for International Security and Strategy at Tsinghua University, and adjunct professor of Nanjing University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Xiamen University.

Dr Wu has a Ph.D. in history. His research interests cover the history and geography of the South China Sea, maritime delimitation, maritime economy, international relations, and regional security strategy. His recent books include: The Origin and Development of the Nansha Disputes: A Study on the History of South China Sea Issue from a Country-Specific Perspective (Zhonghua Book Company, 2022), Hainan Free Trade Port: A Global Perspective (Guangdong People’s Publishing House, 2021), The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road: Challenges and Opportunities for Asia and Europe (Routledge, 2019), South China Sea Lawfare: Post-Arbitration Policy Options and Future Prospects (South China Sea Think Tank/Taiwan Center for Security Studies, 2017), Arbitration Concerning the South China Sea: Philippines versus China (Ashgate, 2016), UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and the South China Sea (Ashgate, 2015), Non-Traditional Security Issues and the South China Sea-Shaping a New Framework for Cooperation (Ashgate, 2014), Recent Developments in the South China Sea Dispute: The Prospect of a Joint Development Regime (Routledge, 2014), Solving Disputes for Regional Cooperation and Development in the South China Sea: A Chinese Perspective (Chandos Publishing, 2013). Dr Wu has published widely in academic journals and been the subject of frequent media interviews as a senior commentator on South China Sea, regional security issues, the Belt and Road Initiative, and the development of Hainan Free Trade Port.