Maria Adele Carrai

Adele Carrai

      Maria Adele Carrai is currently Assistant Professor of Global Chinese Studies at New York University Shanghai. Professor Carrai's research interests are the history of East Asian international law, focusing on the influence of China as an emerging world power on world order and power distribution. In view of the proposal and development of the "Belt and Road" initiative, Professor Carrai's research pays special attention to the economic, legal and political impact of China's investment and economic participation in Europe and Africa. Before joining NYU Shanghai, Professor Carrai was awarded a three-year Madame Curie Researcher Fund by Leuven University. She has also served in the Italian College of Columbia University, the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Project, the Max Webb Project of the European University Institute of the University of Florence, and the New York University School of Law. For more information about Professor Carrai's research and teaching, please visit her personal website .Carrai 现任上海纽约大学全球中国学助理教授。Carrai教授的研究兴趣为东亚国际法历史,重点关注中国作为新兴世界大国对世界秩序与权力分配的影响。鉴于 "一带一路 "倡议的提出和发展,Carrai教授的研究特别关注中国在欧洲和非洲的投资和经济参与所带来的经济、法律和政治影响。加入上海纽约大学前,Carrai教授曾获鲁汶大学授予的为期三年的居里夫人研究员基金。她还曾在哥伦比亚大学意大利学院,普林斯顿-哈佛中国与世界项目,佛罗伦萨大学欧洲大学研究所马克斯韦伯项目,以及纽约大学法学院等机构任职。更多关于Carrai教授的科研与教学信息,请访问她的个人网站

Representative works代表性论著

  • Sovereignty in China. A Genealogy of a Concept since 1840 (Cambridge University Press, 2019)
  • The Belt and Road Initiative and Global Governance, edited with Jean-Christophe DeFraigne & Jan Wouters (Edward Elgar Publisher, 2020)DeFraigne & Jan Wouters (Edward Elgar Publisher, 2020)
  • "The Politics of History in the late Qing Era: WAP Martin and a History of International Law for China," The Journal of the History of International Law / Revue d'histoire du droit international 22.2-3 (2020)d'histoire du droit international 22.2-3 (2020)
  • "China's Malleable Sovereignty Along the Belt and Road Initiative: The Case of the 99-year Chinese Lease of Hambantota Port," NYU Journal of International Law & Politics 51 (2019)
  • "It Is Not the End of History: The Financing Institutions of the Belt and Road Initiative and the Bretton Woods System," Transnational Dispute Management 3 (2017)

Education background

  • Doctor of Laws, University of Hong Kong
  • Master of Political Science, University of Bologna
  • Master of East Asian Studies, University of Venice
  • Bachelor of Chinese Studies, University of Rome


  • international law
  • Legal history
  • International relations