Academic Staff

Professor Douglas Arner

Head, Department of Law
Director, LLM (Corporate & Financial Law)
Co-Director, Duke University-HKU Asia-America Institute in Transnational Law
BA(Drury), JD(SMU), LLM, PhD (London)

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Professor Douglas W. Arner is the Head of the Department of Law and a Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong. In addition, at HKU, he is Director of the LLM (Corporate and Financial Law) and Co-Director of the Duke University-HKU Asia-America Institute in Transnational Law. He is a Visiting Research Fellow of the University of New South Wales and a Senior Fellow of Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne.

Prior to his current appointment, Douglas served as Director of HKU’s Asian Institute of International Financial Law from 2006-2011. Before joining HKU in 2000, he was the Sir John Lubbock Support Fund Fellow at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary, University of London, and a consultant with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Douglas specialises in economic and financial law, regulation and development. He is  author, co-author or editor of eleven books, including From Crisis to Crisis: The Global Financial System and Regulatory Failure (Kluwer), Financial Stability, Economic Growth and the Role of Law (Cambridge University Press) and Financial Markets in Hong Kong: Law and Practice (Oxford University Press), and is author or co-author of more than 100 articles, chapters and reports on related subjects. His recent papers are available through SSRN at

Douglas has served as a consultant with, among others, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, APEC, EBRD and Development Bank of Southern Africa. He has lectured, co- organised conferences and seminars and been involved with financial sector reform projects in over 20 economies in Africa, Asia and Europe, and has been a visiting professor or fellow at the Universities of London, McGill, Melbourne, Singapore and Zurich, as well as Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and the Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research.

At HKU, his course responsibilities include Regulation of Financial Markets, Law of International Finance and International Economic Law. In 2007, he received HKU’s Outstanding Young Researcher Award, and in 2008, he was named Convenor of HKU’s Law, Policy and Development Strategic Research Theme.

Douglas holds a BA from Drury College (where he studied literature, economics and political science), a JD (cum laude) from Southern Methodist University, an LLM (with distinction) in banking and finance law and a PhD from the University of London.

Specialized Areas: International and domestic financial law and regulation; International economic law; Development law; Comparative law.