China's Approach to International Law as a Rising World Power: An Internal Dynamics Perspective


Chaoyi Jiang

Date of Award


Document Type

Dissertation - Closed Access

Degree Name

Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.)


Duke University School of Law


This thesis studies China’s evolving approach to international law in the process of its rise to a world power. It does so from the perspective of China’s internal political and legal dynamics, an essential but often sidelined factor that determines a rising China’s aspirations and goals in its relations with the international community, rather than from the external perspective of international relations. The thesis shows that, not only do these internal dynamics have a substantial effect on China’s evolving approach to international law, they have also, in turn, been themselves affected by international law and institutions.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

China, International law