About Dr Ruiping Ye – New and Emerging Scholars Symposium 2017

Dr Ruiping Ye, University of Victoria, WellingtonDr Ruiping Ye is an Adjunct Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington Law Faculty and Senior Legal Officer at the New Zealand Council of Legal Education.


Ruiping holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Xiamen University, China. She graduated with Master of Laws with distinction in 2009, and PhD in May 2017, from
Victoria University of Wellington.

Ruiping’s doctoral thesis examined the effects of legal systems on colonisation and indigenous land tenure through comparing the Qing and the Japanese colonisation of Taiwan. The project formed part of a wider inquiry on land tenure changes in the Pacific Rim in the 19 th century, led by Professor Richard Boast at Victoria University of Wellington and funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund. ( For more: The Boast Marsden Project)

Ruiping is qualified to practise law in both New Zealand and China.

Presentation at 2017 New and Emerging Scholars Symposium

Ruiping’s presentation for the Symposium, “Qing Colonisation of Taiwan – Understanding China’s Present from the Past”, examines the Qing government’s laws and policies regarding the aboriginal territories and aboriginal land in Taiwan, and discusses the continuing influences of the Chinese legal tradition on the contemporary Chinese legal framework, despite the modernisation of legal institutions in China.

Ongoing Research Interests

Ruiping continues to research in the areas of the Chinese legal system, comparative law and land law. Her current project is transforming the doctoral thesis into a book manuscript, which is due to be delivered by February 2018.


Ruipingye.nz@gmail.com  or  ruiping.ye@vuw.ac.nz

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