Dr Bin Li

Dr Bin Li

Lecturer

Newcastle Law School

A new frontier in space law and justice technology

Dr Bin Li’s work lies at the intersection of technology, law and justice. His research assesses the legal regulation of space technologies and explores the benefits and risks that new technologies pose for justice reform.

Bin Li

What role does technology have in the justice sector? How should space technologies be regulated by national and international governments? As we enter a new decade of technological innovation, Newcastle Law School lecturer Dr Bin Li is helping to determine the best ways to use and regulate some of our world’s most innovative creations.

“Technology has been rolled out rapidly in the justice sector in Australia and other parts of the world, and it is important to ensure that the use of technology contributes to fair and just resolution of disputes instead of causing new burden or adverse impact on disputing parties,” explains Bin.

“My research aims to safeguard ‘fairness’ while the justice sector embraces various technological innovations.”

Regulating space technologies

After his PhD studies at Renmin University of China, Bin launched his career at Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (now Beihang University), China’s leading aerospace technology and engineering university. As a new staff member, Bin began exploring how domestic and international legal rules regulate the use of space technology.

“My research looks into how national governments should harness the use of space technology — in military activities in outer space for example — so that the application of the technology can contribute to a safe and secure outer space environment for humankind.”

Bin has now been researching space technology regulations for more than 13 years. He has emerged as a prominent and authoritative voice within the research community and general public, having written several popular articles for publications such as The Conversation.

“My research work and articles are helping to inform the general public about important issues arising from human use of outer space and space technology.

“It’s exciting to see the increasing hits on my publications at different online platforms, including SSRN, ResearchGate and The Conversation.”

One of Bin’s recent articles for The Conversation,evaluating India’s anti-satellite test, garnered more than 25,000 hits from all corners of the globe.

“I’m proud that my research is having a high impact on the public perception of outer space—the new frontier for humankind.

“These metrics means that people are spending their time reading my research, and that it has value to them. This also means potential collaboration opportunities with researchers at home and abroad.”

Reforming the justice system

After moving to Australia in 2016, Bin began to extend his research on technology into a new domain: the justice system. His work in this area seeks to shed greater light on how new technologies, such as artificial intelligence and blockchain, are used within the justice sector and how they impact on dispute resolution processes.

“We know there are some concerns around the use of these technologies in the justice sector.

“My research investigates how technological innovations are used in court processes and other dispute resolution approaches, such as mediation and arbitration, and how they affect stakeholders’ rights and obligations.

“Ultimately, we are looking at whether the use of these new technologies really contributes positively to fairness and justice.”

Within this research domain, Bin has been collaborating with colleagues at the University of Newcastle, including Professor Tania Sourdin, on a research project evaluating ‘Adieu’, an online divorce tool developed byAdieu AI Pty Ltd.

“We are collecting and analysing feedback of the platform’s end-users to see what concerns stakeholders have with the online technology and what could be done to address these challenges.”

Forging local and international partnerships

Bin’s research network extends to Canada, China, the USA and elsewhere. He is a visiting scholar for universities such as DePaul University College of Law, USA, where he has conducted research into air and space law.

Bin’s educational background and work experience in highly respected Chinese universities also puts him in an excellent position to engage and collaborate with top Chinese researchers specialised in areas of law and technology and space law.

While Bin shares that the move from China to Australia in 2016 was initially challenging, he continues to be inspired and motivated by his peers at the University of Newcastle and further afield.

“The transition from the work environment in China to Australian academia was a bit hard at first, but thanks to the generous support from colleagues at the Newcastle Law School and the Faculty of Business and Law, I am used to this new and exciting work setting and really enjoy it!”

A new frontier in space law and justice technology

Dr Bin Li’s work lies at the intersection of technology, law and justice. His research assesses the legal regulation of space technologies and explores the benefits and risks that new technologies pose for justice reform.

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Career Summary

Biography

Bin joined Newcastle Law School as a Lecturer in January 2016. He previously worked as an associate professor at Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics School of Law (Beihang University School of Law) in Beijing, China for eight years. 

Research Expertise

Bin's doctoral thesis focused on the basic principles of international law, including state sovereignty, state responsibility, the protection of human rights and the use of force in international relations.

Bin has developed a particular interest in the legal issues of international aviation and space law since he started his academic career at Beihang Law School in 2007. He has published a number of high quality journal articles in this regard in Chinese and English languages and has chaired a number of research projects funded by Chinese government. His research topics covered environmental protection in outer space and intellectual property issues in international space station. In view of his expertise in aviation and space law, Bin was invited by Chinese government to be an expert in drafting Chinese relevant legislation, including Civil Airplane Industry Development Regulations(Draft) and Interim Measures on Space Debris Mitigation and Protection(2010) . In 2013, he was awarded China Institute of Space Law Excellence in Research Award. 

Bin was the visiting scholar at DePaul University International Aviation Law Institute (U.S) in 2009 and at Newcastle Law School (Australia) in 2012. He was invited by Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to give a lecture on space and national security issues in Canberra in October 2012 to legal officers from that Department, representatives from Royal Australian Air Force, representatives from the U.S Embassy as well as legal scholars from Australia. He served as a core expert in McGill-funded research project of 'Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space (MILAMOS) ' in 2016 - 2017. Bin is now the General Editor of Newcastle Law Review, the journal of Newcastle Law School. 

After moving to Australia in 2016, Bin began to extend his research on technology into a new domain: the justice system. His work in this area seeks to shed greater light on how new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, are used within the justice sector and how they impact on dispute resolution processes. 

Teaching Expertise

Bin taught a number of core and elective courses at Beihang Law School, including Public International Law, International Commercial Law and Aviation and Space Law. In 2012, Bin was awarded Beihang University Blue Sky Teaching Star Award and Xifei Outstanding Teaching Award. He is currently the course coordinator of LAWS5032/LAWS6102 Alternative Dispute Resolution, LAWS5036/LAWS6092 Clinicial Legal Externship in China, LAWS6046 International Air and Space Law and LAWS5016 Law Review at Newcastle Law School and also teach into LAWS4012/LAWS6013 Public International Law and LAWS5028/LAWS6097 Competitive Mooting



Qualifications

  • PhD (International Law), Renmin University of China

Keywords

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Technology and Justice

Languages

  • English (Fluent)
  • Mandarin (Mother)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
180123 Litigation, Adjudication and Dispute Resolution 70
180116 International Law (excl. International Trade Law) 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
Newcastle Law School
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
30/6/2010 - 31/12/2015 Associate Professor Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
School of Law
China
1/7/2007 - 30/6/2010 Lecturer Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
School of Law
China

Awards

Award

Year Award
2013 China Institute of Space Law Excellence in Research
China Institute of Space Law
2012 Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics ('Beihang University') Blue Sky Teaching Star
Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
2012 Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics ('Beihang University') Xifei Outstanding Teaching Award
Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Professional

Year Award
2018 Guest Researcher
Trilateral Cooperation Studies Centre (TCSC), Renmin University of China | China
2018 Affiliated Member
University of Tasmania
2018 Finalist, Faculty of Business and Law Award for International Engagement
Faculty of Business and law, The University of Newcastle
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (4 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 The Newcastle Law Review (Special Issue: Restorative Practices and Approaches), The University of Newcastle Law School, Newcastle, Australia (2019)
2018 The Newcastle Law Review (2017), Newcastle Law School, Newcastle, Australia (2018)
2008 Li B, Li S, Gao L, Public International Law, University of International Business and Economics (China), Beijing, China (2008)
2008 Li B, Li S, Gao L, Public International Law, University of International Business and Economics (China), Beijing, China (2008)
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Journal article (20 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Sourdin T, Li B, Hinds T, 'Humans and justice machines: Emergent legal technologies and justice apps', Precedent, 20-24 (2020)
Co-authors Tania Sourdin
2020 Sourdin T, Li B, McNamara DM, 'Court Innovations and Access to Justice in Times of Crisis', Health Policy and Technology, (2020)
DOI 10.1016/j.hlpt.2020.08.020
Co-authors Tania Sourdin, Donna Mcnamara10
2019 Li B, 'Legal Governance of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in China Balancing Between Public Safety and Industry Growth', Issues in Aviation Law and Policy, 19 81-102 (2019) [C1]
2019 Sourdin T, Li B, Burke T, 'Just Quick and Cheap? Civil Dispute Resolution and Technology', Macquarie Law Journal, 19 17-38 (2019) [C1]
Citations Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Tania Sourdin
2019 Li B, McCarthy S, Chen W, 'Fostering future lawyers in an era of globalisation: Integrating dispute resolution into overseas clinical legal education externships', Australian Journal of Clinical Education, 4 1-11 (2019) [C1]
Co-authors Shaun Mccarthy
2018 Sourdin T, Li B, 'Editorial 1-5 (2018) [C1]
Co-authors Tania Sourdin
2012 Li B, 'Weeden and Chow: Commentary from a legal perspective', SPACE POLICY, (2012)
2012 Li B, SA C, 'Study on Development of International Aviation Security Legislation', Journal of Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics Social Sciences Edition, (2012)
2011 Li B, 'Indian National Mechanism of Mitigating Space Debris and Its Inspiration', Journal of Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics Social Sciences Edition, (2011)
2010 Li B, 'International Legal Issues of UN s Prevention of Armed Conflicts', Contemporary Law Review, (2010)
2010 Li B, 'Open China's Sky or Not? From the Perspective of A Chinese Scholar', Issues in Aviation Law and Policy, (2010)
2010 Li B, 'Current International Legal Regime of Space Environment Contamination and Its Completion', Journal of Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics Social Sciences Edition, (2010)
2009 Li B, 'Legal Issues of Military Activities in Outer Space', Law Science Magazine, (2009)
2008 Li B, 'International Liability Arising from Damaging Space Environment', Journal of Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics Social Sciences Edition, (2008)
2008 Li B, 'Study on The Legislation on Space Debris Mitigation in China', Global Law Review, (2008)
2008 Li B, 'Legal Status of Taiwan in the World Health Organization', Journal of East Asia and International Law, (2008)
2007 Li B, 'Implications of Responsibility to Protect on the Principle of Non-Intervention', Science of Law, (2007)
2006 Li B, 'Study on Responsibility to Protect', Political Science and Law, 72-78 (2006)
2005 Li B, 'Validity of Arbitration Agreement and Its Verification', Chinese International and Comparative Law Review, (2005)
2004 Li B, 'Legal Implications of Iraqi War', International Law Review, (2004)
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Conference (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Li B, McCarthy S, 'Clinical Legal Education in Australia Newcastle Model', Zibo, China (2019)
Co-authors Shaun Mccarthy

Other (17 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Li B, McGee J, 'Australia has long valued an outer space shared by all. Mining profits could change this', (2020) [O1]
2020 Li B, 'How can space law address space militarization?', : Filling Space (2020)
2020 Sourdin T, Li B, 'People are using artificial intelligence to help sort out their divorce. Would you?', : The Conversation (2020)
Co-authors Tania Sourdin
2019 Li B, 'India destroys its own satellite with a test missile, still says space is for peace', (2019)
2019 Li B, 'When Space Companies Go Rogue', (2019) [O1]
2019 Li B, Sourdin T, 'Technological Impacts on Civil Dispute Resolution', . Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong (2019)
Co-authors Tania Sourdin
2019 Li B, Maguire A, 'Governance of geoengineering activities: an air and space law perspective', (2019) [O1]
Co-authors Amy Maguire
2019 Li B, 'Getting to know a foreign country s legal system', (2019) [O1]
2018 Li B, 'Launch of Space X Falcon Heavy', (2018) [O1]
2018 Li B, Hou Z, 'U.S. Regulatory Scheme and Legislation on Unmanned Aircraft Systems', (2018) [O1]
2017 Li B, 'The economic reasons why Australia needs a stronger space industry', (2017) [O1]
2017 Li B, 'China s diversified dispute resolution system', (2017) [O1]
2016 Li B, 'South China Sea Issues - from international legal perspective', (2016) [O1]
2012 Li B, 'Chinese Space Programs and Legislation', (2012) [O1]
2006 Ewumbue-Monono C, von Flüe C, 'Promotion of international humanitarian law through cooperation between the ICRC and the African Union', : Cambridge University Press (2006)
2006 ICC COBTAP, 'International Chamber of Commerce Rules for Documentary Instruments Dispute Resolution Expertise', . Beijing, China: China National People's Congress Publishing House (NPC PUBLISHING) (2006)
2004 Daoust I, Coupland R, Ishoey R, 'New wars, new weapons? The obligation of States to assess the legality of means and methods of warfare', : Cambridge University Press (2004)
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Thesis / Dissertation (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2007 Li B, Study on Responsibility to Protect, Renmin University of China (2007)
2004 Li B, Validity Of Arbitration Clause, Renmin University of China (2004)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 15
Total funding $226,512

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20201 grants / $33,000

New Colombo Mobility Project$33,000

Funding body: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia

Funding body Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australia
Project Team

Shaun McCarthy

Scheme New Colombo Mobility Program
Role Lead
Funding Start 2020
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

20194 grants / $56,012

New Colombo Mobility Project$33,000

Funding body: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Funding body Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Project Team

Shaun McCarthy

Scheme New Colombo Plan
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

Adieu Intelligent Divorce App and Family Dispute Resolution project$20,000

The project investigates and comments on the veracity of the Adieu product and the role it could play in the current family dispute resolution environment and justice sector.

Funding body: Faculty of Business and Law University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Business and Law University of Newcastle
Project Team

Professor Tania Sourdin

Scheme Corporate Finance
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Conference funding$2,479

To present at ANZSIL annual conference in Canberra in 2019

Funding body: Faculty of Business and law, The University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Business and law, The University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr Bin Li

Scheme Conference Funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Incidental Research Funding$533

The funding was utilised to employ a research assistant to do editing work to an article. 

Funding body: Faculty of Business and law, The University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Business and law, The University of Newcastle
Project Team

Shaun McCarthy, Wei Chen

Scheme Incidental Funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20181 grants / $21,500

Endeavour Mobility Project$21,500

Funding body: Department of Education and Training

Funding body Department of Education and Training
Project Team

Dr. Bin Li and Mr. Shaun McCarthy

Scheme Endeavour Mobility
Role Lead
Funding Start 2018
Funding Finish 2018
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

20171 grants / $33,000

New Colombo Mobility Project$33,000

This is a two week intensive clinical legal education placement hosted at Beihang University in Beijing, Peking University in Beijing, Shanghai Jiaotong University in Shanghai and East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai. The work integrated placement consists of students attending and participating in legal advice clinics and workshops held at universities, courts and arbitration institutes in China. Further, students attend law firm offices of international law firms based in Beijing and Shanghai and discuss with Chinese and international legal practitioners the cases and areas of law that are conducted by the law firms. The placement also involves students attending seminars and participating in clinical workshops together with Chinese law students and staff regarding the law and legal process in Australia and China. The learning activities include interactive simulated client interviews, court hearings, mediations and negotiations. The project enhances student knowledge of China and its legal system and strengthens partnerships with universities and law firms in China.

Funding body: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Funding body Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Project Team

Mr. Shaun McCarthy and Dr. Bin Li

Scheme New Colombo Mobility Plan
Role Lead
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Aust Competitive - Commonwealth
Category 1CS
UON N

20161 grants / $3,000

New Staff Grant$3,000

Funding body: Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle

Funding body Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle
Project Team

Dr. Bin Li

Scheme New Staff Grants
Role Lead
Funding Start 2016
Funding Finish 2017
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20121 grants / $2,000

How to Teach Chinese LLB Students in English Language - Take The Course of Public International Law As an Example $2,000

Funding body: Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Funding body Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Project Team

Bin Li

Scheme Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics Key Teaching Reform Grants
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20111 grants / $2,000

Study on Space Policies of the U.S.A and EU$2,000

Funding body: Chinese Institute of Space Law

Funding body Chinese Institute of Space Law
Project Team

Bin Li, Yukui Hou

Scheme Annual Research Grants
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

20103 grants / $36,000

Comparative Study on Aviation Industry Legislation In the U.S and EU$20,000

Funding body: Aviation Industry Corporation of China

Funding body Aviation Industry Corporation of China
Project Team

Weiqiu Long, Bin Li, Chunli Xia, Daoqin Ding

Scheme AVIC Annual Research Grants
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

International Law on Outer Space Environmental Protection and Its Way Forward$8,000

Funding body: Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Funding body Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Project Team

Bin Li, Chunli Xia, Guozhu Gao

Scheme Fundamental Research Grants
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

Fostering Law Students Capable of Litigating Before International Courts/Tribunals In A University Of Science and Technology$8,000

Funding body: Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Funding body Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Project Team

Bin Li

Scheme Blue Sky Teaching Star Grants
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

20092 grants / $40,000

Drafting The Civil Airplane Industry Development Regulations For State Council$20,000

Funding body: Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China

Funding body Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China
Project Team

Weiqiu Long, Hao Liu, Bin Li, Chunli Xia

Scheme COMAC Annual Research Grants
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2010
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N

Study on the Future Legislation of Space Environment Protection and Space Debris Mitigation$20,000

Funding body: State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense | China

Funding body State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense | China
Project Team

Dr. Bin Li, Dr. Guozhu GAO, Dr. Caixia YANG, Dr. Chunli XIA

Scheme Annual Research Grants
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding External
Category EXTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed4
Current1

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2020 PhD Introducing Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Mechanisms in the Criminal Justice System of Bangladesh towards Effective Remedy and Equal Access to Justice for All PhD (Law), Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2014 Masters Mphil Program - Study on the State Sovereignty Affected by Natural Disaster in International Relief
Outstanding Mphil's Thesis of Beihang University (2014)
International Law, Beihang University Sole Supervisor
2013 Masters Mphil Program - Study on the Legal Issues in relation to the General Aviation Accidents Investigation International Law, Beihang University Sole Supervisor
2012 Masters Mphil Program - New Developments in International Legislation on Civil Aviation Safety International Law, Beihang University Sole Supervisor
2011 Masters Mphil Program - Legal Issues concerning the Near Space International Law, Beihang University Sole Supervisor
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Research Projects

Legal Governance on the Flight Management of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the U.S.A 2019 - 2020

The project investigates how the unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) are legally regulated in the United States and provides consultancies on the effective approach to booming the drone industry while ensuring the public safety. The project is funded by the Key Laboratory on Legal Strategy and Governance of Industry and Information Technology based in Beihang University in Beijing and please see http://fxy.buaa.edu.cn/info/1054/4788.htm for grants approval.


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Research Collaborations

The map is a representation of a researchers co-authorship with collaborators across the globe. The map displays the number of publications against a country, where there is at least one co-author based in that country. Data is sourced from the University of Newcastle research publication management system (NURO) and may not fully represent the authors complete body of work.

Country Count of Publications
Australia 3
China 1
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Dr Bin Li

Position

Lecturer
Newcastle Law School
Faculty of Business and Law

Contact Details

Email bin.li@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 7899
Fax (02) 4921 6931

Office

Room X-544
Building NeW Space
Location City Campus

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