Yan YAN is a research fellow at the National Institute for South China Sea Studies (NISCSS) and currently a Ph.D candidate at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong. Prior to joining the NISCSS, she had been an interpreter in the Foreign Affairs Office in Hainan Province. She graduated from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2005.
Her research has focused on the legal regime on peacetime military activities at sea. Her research themes include the right of innocent passage of warships in the territorial sea; intelligence gathering activities and marine scientific research; the establishment of security zones and military exercises and weapon test in the high seas etc. She received HKU Postgraduate Scholarship in 2013, and Rhodes Academy scholarship from Law of the Sea studies in 2012.