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Academic Members

Membership is open to all Faculty members and academic members of the University who are interested in Chinese law. Academic members are the key players of the Centre in terms of research and teaching on Chinese law. At present, there are around 15 academic members with specialized interest in Chinese law within the Faculty.

Academic Members

ALI, Shahla

ALI, Shahla joined the Faculty of Law in January 2009 where she serves as Deputy Director of the LLM in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution. Her research and teaching focus on arbitration and mediation in a comparative context, law and development in East Asia and international business transactions. Prior to joining the Faculty of Law, she worked as an attorney in the international trade compliance group with Baker & McKenzie LLP in its San Francisco office. She has consulted with USAID, IFC/World Bank and the United Nations Office of Human Resource Management on issues pertaining to access to justice, peace process negotiation training, land use conflict resolution and principle based evaluation of community mediation. She currently serves on the IBA Drafting Committee for Investor-State Mediation Rules. Her specialized areas include Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Law and Development in East Asia, and the Globalization of Law.


CHEN, Albert H.Y.

CHEN, Albert H.Y. is a graduate of the University of Hong Kong (LLB 1980, PCLL 1981) and of Harvard University (LLM 1982). Between 1982 and 1984 he worked in a solicitors’ firm in Hong Kong and in 1984 became qualified to practise as a solicitor in Hong Kong. In the same year he began his academic career as a Lecturer in Law at the University of Hong Kong. He served as Head of the Department of Law in 1993-96, and Dean of the Faculty of Law in 1996-2002. He is currently the Chan Professor in Constitutional Law in the Department of Law. Professor Chen is also a member of the Law Reform Commission of Hong Kong, the Strategic Development Commission of Hong Kong, and the Committee for the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region under the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China, a Justice of the Peace, an honorary professor at several Chinese universities and the University of Macau, a member of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Institute of Law of the Academia Sinica, Taipei, Associate Editor of the Hong Kong Law Journal, a member of the editorial or advisory boards of several law journals, and an associate member of the International Academy of Comparative Law.


CHEN, Yongxi

CHEN, Yongxi is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Law. He received his legal education at The University of Hong Kong (PhD), University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (D.U. 3ème cycle «Le Droit en Europe» [postgraduate diploma], funded by the French Government Scholarship) and Sun Yat-sen University (LLM and LLB). His current research areas include privacy, freedom of information and comparative administrative law. He is a Visiting Fellow in the Center for Public Law of Sun Yat-sen University, and a member of the International Media Lawyer Association and the Asian Privacy Scholar Network. He participated in drafting China’s first local rule on freedom of information as well as other local regulations concerning information rights. He is also engaged in designing legal information systems to provide free public access to Chinese law and legal doctrine, and has been awarded a national prize.


CULLEN, Richard

CULLEN, Richard, LLB (Hons) (Melb), PhD (Osgoode Hall, Canada), Barrister and Solicitor Vic), Solicitor (Hong Kong, England and Wales). He is a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong. He was previously a Professor in the Department of Business Law and Taxation at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He completed his LLB at Melbourne University Law School in 1982 and his doctorate at Osgoode Hall Law School in Canada in 1986.  He is admitted to practise law in Victoria, Hong Kong, England and Wales and worked with a major law firm in Melbourne for two years. Before coming to tertiary teaching, Richard worked as a manager with CSIRO. He was previously a lecturer and senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Monash University from 1987 until 1991.  He then moved to Hong Kong to take up a position in the School of Law at the City University of Hong Kong from 1991-1997, where he was Acting Head of the Department of Professional Legal Education from 1992 to 1994. He completed a year as an associate professor at the School of Law at Deakin University in 1997 prior to returning to Hong Kong as a Visiting Fellow at the City University of Hong Kong in 1998. He returned to Monash University in mid-1999 as Professor and Head of the Department of Business Law and Taxation, a position he held until mid-2001. He was a Visiting Professor at the City University of Hong Kong, twice, during the period August 2001 – August 2003. He has written and co-written several books and more than 100 articles, notes and commentaries and has been the recipient of a range of major and minor research grants. Richard’s books include Federalism in Action (1990) and Media Law in the PRC (1996) (with H. L. Fu). One of his most recent monographs is The Rule of Law in Hong Kong (2005). Richard has made presentations at seminars and conferences in recent years in Australia, Canada, China, England, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Singapore and Sri Lanka. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Universities in Austria, Belgium, Canada, England, Japan and Switzerland. He is a member of the Hong Kong think tank, the Civic Exchange.


FRY, James

James Fry is Associate Professor of Law, Director of the LLM Programme and Warden of Lee Shau Kee Hall at the University of Hong Kong. Prior to joining HKU in 2008, he was a member of the teaching and research faculty at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, University of Geneva. Dr. Fry previously has worked with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser, the International Litigation and Arbitration Group of the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York and the Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals. He also has served as a legal consultant and researcher for various international organizations. Dr. Fry’s research and teaching focus on international law, comparative law and comparative international law, including Chinese law and Chinese approaches to international law.


FU, Hualing

FU, Hualing is Professor of Law and Associate Dean for China Affairs of the Faculty of Law, the University of Hong Kong. LLB (Southwestern University of Political Science and Law, China, 1983); MA (University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 1988); DJur. (Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Canada, 1993). Professor Fu’s research interest includes constitutional law and human rights, with a special focus on criminal justice system and media law in China. His recent works include National Security and Fundamental Freedoms: Hong Kong’s Article 23 Under Scrutiny (Hong Kong University Press, 2005) (co-edited with Carole Petersen and Simon Young) and The Struggle for Coherence: Constitutional Interpretation in Hong Kong (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) (co-edited with Lison Harris and Simon Young). He teaches Corruption, Human Rights in China, and Legal Relations between Hong Kong and Mainland China.


GU, Weixia

GU, Weixia is Assistant Professor, joined the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong in August 2007. She is mainly involved in the area of commercial arbitration and alternative dispute resolution (ADR), with a particular focus on legal development in these areas in greater China. Prior to joining the Law Faculty, Ms. GU was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship from the United States and had been selected as an honorary young fellow to the US-Asia Law Institute of the New York University School of Law during 2006-07. She has also been a junior visiting scholar to the Cornell University and Fordham University Law Schools in early 2007 where she conducted comparative research on comparative commercial arbitration and resolving business disputes in China. Ms. GU is currently teaching both LLB and LLM courses, including Introduction to Chinese Law, Commercial Law, PRC Commercial Law (with Zhang Xianchu), Alternative Dispute Resolution and International Commercial Arbitration (both with Prof. Katherine Lynch). Her current research focuses on selective adaptation of international arbitration norms in China against the country’s integration into the global economy.



Ko, Humphrey 

Humphrey Ko is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, an Associate of the China Centre at the University of Oxford and a Research Associate at the National Institute of Chinese Studies in the UK. He was trained as an system engineer at Imperial College London and received his legal education at the University of Hong Kong. He began studying the systemic effects of legal reforms on the late Qing imperial system of China during his doctoral studies at the University of Oxford. Whilst his continuing interest is in the non-mathematical historic-legal stability analysis of constitutional systems, he is also interested in the laws governing energy production and supply systems. At the Faculty, he sometimes teaches Legal History and Energy Law.


LI, Yahong

LI, Yahong is JSD and JSM (Stanford), JD (Suffolk), PDip (Beijing), LLB (Southwestern), is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong and the Director for LLM Program in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law. She teaches International and Comparative Intellectual Property Law, Intellectual Property and Life Science, IP management and commercialization, and Introduction to Chinese Law. In year 2009-10 she will teach PRC Intellectual Property and/or PRC Torts Law. Her current research areas include biotechnology patenting, IP strategies for technology companies and creative industries, IP and competition, Creative Commons, and general comparative studies of Chinese law. Prior to joining the HKU Law Faculty, she was a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School, legal advisor to software licensing group at the Information System of MIT, and a member of research unit at the Legislative Affairs Commission of the PRC National People’s Congress. She is an author of numerous publications and an invited speaker to many international conferences. She was a visiting professor/fellow to other universities and a member of several professional organizations.

QIAO, Shitong

Qiao, Shitong is assistant professor of law at the University of Hong Kong. Mr. Qiao received his LL.B. degree from Wuhan University in 2007 and his LL.M. degrees from Peking University in 2009 and from Yale University in 2010, and is now completing his J.S.D. at Yale University. Before joining HKU, Mr. Qiao taught at New York University School of Law as a research fellow and Peking University School of Transnational Law as a visiting faculty member. He passed the National Judicial Examination of China and is qualified to practice law in New York State. Mr. Qiao’s current research focuses on property and social norms. He has provided expert opinions on the Chinese land regime to government agencies both inside and outside of China, including the Shenzhen city government and the Ontario Securities Commission. His recent publications appear or are forthcoming in Iowa Law Review, American Journal of Comparative Law, and others.


NG, Michael

Prior to joining the Faculty of Law in 2012, Dr Ng has served in the legal, business and finance sectors for more than 15 years.  As a solicitor, Dr Ng specialized in corporate and commercial practice.  After leaving the private legal practice, he served in a listed multinational corporation as its Chief Investment Officer and Finance Director, focusing on mergers, acquisitions and direct investment transactions in Asia.  He also ran a China-focused private equity fund management firm as its Partner and CFO.  Dr Ng’s research and teaching interests include corporate and investment transactions, Chinese legal history, historical geographic information system (Historical GIS), legal education and comparative law.


SUN, Haochen

SUN Haochen joined the Faculty as Assistant Professor in July 2009. He obtained an LL.B. from Zhejiang University and an LL.M. from the National University of Singapore, where he was a Research Scholar and a recipient of President’s Graduate Fellowship. He graduated from the LL.M. Program at Harvard Law School in 2006. Currently, he is completing his SJD dissertation on social theory of property rights. In his spare time, Haochen enjoys training himself to become a professional writer and philosopher, listening to alternative and classical music, and watching European and Asian art films.


YU, Guanghua

YU Guanghua is B.A. (Shanghai Maritime University) 1985, LLM (York University) 1988, JD (Toronto) 1993, SJD (Toronto) 1996, is Professor of Law. Dr. Yu taught at the City University of Hong Kong from 1993 till the beginning of 1996 when he joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong. Over the last fifteen years, he has had a prolific academic career, authoring more than 5 books, 30 articles and 20 papers spanning different areas of law. He also delivers lectures at a large number of leading universities in China. His publications and lectures range widely over the areas of corporate governance, venture capital, legal services, reform of tort law and the insurance market, reform of the telecommunications sector and the electricity sector, contract law, property rights, and law and economics. His teaching interests are in the areas of corporate law, contract law, and Chinese commercial law. Dr Yu served as Deputy Head of the Law Department and Acting Associate Dean for Research at the Faculty for a short period. He has been invited to act as referees by numerous journals and to act as assessor by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong. He was appointed Visiting Professor and Visiting Chair Professor by a number of law schools in China.


ZHANG, Xianchu

ZHANG Xianchu is LLB (China University of Political Science and Law); MCL and JD (Indiana University School of Law at Bloomington, USA). Zhang Xianchu is a Professor of Law of Faculty of Law, the University of Hong Kong. His research interests include commercial law, Chinese law and comparative law. The courses he taught in recent years include PRC Commercial Law, PRC Security and Insolvency Law, and Cross-Border Legal Relations between Hong Kong and Mainland China. He has been a lecturer of the Regional Trade Policy Courses of WTO in Asia and Pacific Regions since 2003. He has publications on a wide range of topics of Chinese law. He currently also serves as the Co-Director of HKU-PekingU Legal Research Centre and the Director of the Master of Common Law Programme of the Faculty. He is an arbitrator of China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and a board member of the Legal Education Fund Limited in Hong Kong.



ZHAO Yun is Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong. He studied at China University of Political Science and law in Beijing (LLM; LLB), Leiden University, the Netherlands (LLM) and Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands (PhD). He is Guest Professor of Yunnan University in China, Arbitrator of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center and Guangzhou Arbitration Commission, Panelist of the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Center and of the Online Dispute Resolution Center of the CIETAC in Beijing. He is also founding Council Member of Hong Kong Internet Forum (HKIF), elected Member of International Institute of Space Law at Paris, Member of Asia Pacific Law Association and Beijing International Law Society, Judge of Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot.