Julian Ku is the Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professor of Law at Hofstra University in New York. Ku’s primary research interest is the relationship of international law to constitutional law. He also has conducted academic research on a range of topics including international dispute resolution, international criminal law, and China’s relationship with international law.

He co-founded the leading international law blog Opinio Juris and is a regular contributor to Lawfare. His essays and op-eds have been published in major news publications such as The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. He has been interviewed frequently for television news programs and quoted in print and electronic media. Ku also has signed or submitted amicus briefs to national and international courts and served as an expert witness in both domestic and international proceedings.

Last Updated: February 3, 2016

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07.12.16

China’s Claims in the South China Sea Rejected

Andrew S. Erickson, Peter Dutton & more
On Tuesday in the Hague, the Permanent Court of Arbitration rejected China’s claims that a scattering of rocks and reefs in the contested South China Sea qualify as Exclusive Economic Zones for China. The court found in favor of the Philippines’...

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05.16.16

Escalation in the South China Sea

Julian G. Ku, M. Taylor Fravel & more
International tensions are rising over the shipping lanes and land formations in the South China Sea. Last week, the People’s Liberation Army Air Force scrambled fighter jets in response to a U.S. Navy ship sailing near the disputed Fiery Cross Reef...

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02.02.16

How Close Was the Latest Close Call in the South China Sea?

Julian G. Ku, Feng Zhang & more
Had things in fact calmed down in recent weeks as the Chinese official press claimed, only to be stirred up again needlessly by another Freedom of Navigation sail by the U.S. Navy?