• European University Institute, Florence, Italy, Max Weber Fellow in Law

Years of Affiliation: Visiting Scholar from 2017-2018


Maria Adele Carrai joins the Fairbank Center from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where she was a Max Weber Fellow in Law, researching Chinese conceptions and attitudes towards the international legal order from a historical perspective. She is also currently a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellow at KU Leuven in Belgium. Her project, “Self‑orientalism and the reforms of the criminal justice system in Republican China” explores Eurocentrism and legal orientalism in the history of international law in China’s late Qing and Republican era. Maria received her Ph.D. in Law from the University of Hong Kong. From 2017-18, she will also be a Princeton-Harvard China and the World Fellow.

Research Interests: Western and Chinese legal and political philosophy, legal history, and international law and relations.

From our Blog:

opens in a new windowIn the Eye of the Beholder: The China Model as a discourse
Maria Adele Carrai examines competing discourses behind the “China Model” and the risk of illiberal spillovers from Chinese overseas activities.

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