Paul Joseph Lim is now a pensioner but wishes to remain active contributing to teaching wherever possible and in research. Hence, he has been an International Visiting Fellow at the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy and at the European Union Centre in Taiwan at the National Taiwan University (2013-2014).
He was Professor and Head of the Centre for European Studies in the Institute for Occidental Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (2010-2012), Associate and Visiting Professor and Coordinator of the European Studies Programme, Universiti Sains Malaysia (2002-2007).
In between these two Malaysian forays, he was Co-Founder, Research Coordinator, Senior Academic Adviser and Acting Deputy Director of the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS), Brussels, stretched over two periods, 1989-2002 and 2007-2010.
However, while, at the EIAS, he was concurrently, Political Adviser for Asia with a political group in the European Parliament (1984-1999).
He obtained his Licence and Doctorate at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, in Labour Studies specialising in labour and political sociology but switching to international relations, EU-Asia, European Studies with his EIAS and European Parliament experience.
His forthcoming 2015 publication will be “The European Economic Community’s relations with the Republic of China in the 1950’s to the 1970’s while the People’s Republic of China was then coming into the international community”.
His publication in 2014 is “A European Perspective of China, ASEAN and East Asian regionalism: A Journey of Discovery”, International Journal of China Studies, Institute of China Studies, University of Malaya, Malaysia. In 2013, his publications were “What has ASEAN offered or could offer to the European Union in their relationship” in ASEAN Outlook, December 2013, No. 008, publication of the Taiwan ASEAN Studies Center of the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research, “The European Union’s cooperative relations with Asia with a look-in on: Disturbances and Regional Challenges in East Asia” in the Tamkang Journal of International Affairs, Volume XVII, No. II, October 2013 and “European Union’s Statements on Asia security” in “Strategic Vision for Taiwan Security”, Volume 2, Issue 10, August 2013, magazine of the Center for Security Studies, Institute for International Relations, National Chengchi University.
Apart from continuing interest in researching Taiwan-EEC/EEC-Taiwan Relations, he is interested in further exploring Taiwan’s relations with South East Asian countries and with ASEAN. He is looking for collaborators in this research.