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Yifan  Jia

Yifan Jia

PhD Student


Yifan Jia is a PhD candidate at the Dickson Poon School of Law at King's College London (KCL), where she teaches at the Law School, the Department of Political Economy, and the Department of War Studies. She previously worked as a research assistant at the Transnational Law Institute and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). In addition to her role at KCL, she holds visiting positions in various institutes, including Georgetown University, the Geneva Graduate Institute, and the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg. Prior to joining KCL, Yifan was a criminal defence attorney in Beijing.

PhD Research

Yifan Jia's PhD project is a social-legal study on the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regimes, which combines doctrinal analysis with empirical methods to explore the legitimacy and effectiveness of the Magnitsky sanctions in major jurisdictions comparatively. This project has earned several awards, including the Modern Law Review Scholarship, the Horowitz Foundation Award for Social Policy, the Harold D. Lasswell Award for International Relations and Foreign Affairs, the Gilbert Murray UN Study Award, and the Max Planck Luxembourg Scholarship.

Research Interests

  • Sanctions (restrictive measures)
  • Human rights law
  • Criminal law and justice
  • Public international law


  • Public International Law
  • Sanctions and Economic Warfare
  • Politics and Justice in International Law