Visiting Doctoral Researchers

Visiting Doctoral Researchers are doctoral candidates enrolled in a doctoral degree program at another institution abroad who wish to benefit from spending one year of their research at NYU School of Law. They will be fully integrated into the JSD program as far as is relevant. The JSD Program invites approximately six to eight individuals each academic year to contribute to the Visiting Doctoral Researcher position in the JSD Program.

The Visiting Doctoral Researchers are actively integrated into the Law School community through various academic and social programs, including an invitation to participate in the JSD Forum where they may present their research.

Benefits of Participation
Participating in the Visiting Doctoral Researcher program will include the following benefits:

  1. Participation in all Law School events including those especially of the JSD Program
  2. Integration, as far as possible, into the activities and events of NYU School of Law's JSD program
  3. Workspace within the Law School. Please note that work space is not guaranteed; however, we will do our best to provide some work space if any is available to us
  4. Access to the NYU School of Law Library, including WestLaw and LEXIS
  5. An email account

The invitation to join the Law School as a Visiting Doctoral Researcher is also an invitation to a life-long relationship with the JSD Program at NYU School of Law, one that will continue to foster excellence in legal scholarship. If you are interested in applying, please view the program information and application instructions links.


Current Visiting Doctoral Researchers

Academic Year 2019-2020


Jinjin Zhang VDR

Jinjin Zhang 
Visiting Doctoral Researcher

Jinjin Zhang is a Ph.D. Candidate at Xiamen University in China, under the supervision of Professor Xiuli Han. She is also Professor An Chen’s research assistant, who is a highly renowned international academic lawyer representing East Asia. Jinjin specializes in international investment law, and has published several journal articles in this field, such as “The Anatomy of Systemic Interpretation Approaches to Protect Human Rights of Host State in International Investment Arbitration” in Journal of International Economic Law 3 (2019) and “On the Restrictive Development Trend of MFN Treatment Clauses’ Application to Investment Substantive Treatment” in International Economics and Trade Research 5 (2019). She is a member of research projects funded by The National Social Science Fund of China (NSSFC). Her doctoral thesis focuses on the disciplines on state-owned enterprises under international investment law. At NYU Law School, she hopes to complete her research under the supervision of Professor Benedict Kingsbury.

Jinjin has a LL.B. from Beijing Normal University, a LL.M. from Liaoning University, and a certificate from The Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for the 2014-2015 academic year. Jinjin has participated in numerous activities related to international law, such as the 12th China Round for The Jessup International Law Moot Court (2014), the 12th CIETAC Cup International Commercial Arbitration Moot (2014), the Hague Academy of International Law Summer Program in (2017), and the European Centre for Career Education Summer Law Program with full scholarship (2018). She is an editor for the Journal of International Economic Law since 2016.