Academic Staff

Dr. Shitong Qiao 喬仕彤

Assistant Professor & Deputy Director, LL.M. (Chinese Law)
LL.B. (Wuhan University), LL.M. (Peking University),
LL.M., J.S.D. (Yale University)
New York State Bar, PRC National Judicial Exam

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Dr. Shitong Qiao is assistant professor of law at the University of Hong Kong, where he teaches comparative property law, comparative land use, law and development and Chinese law. Before joining HKU in 2014, he taught at New York University School of Law as a research fellow and Peking University School of Transnational Law as a visiting faculty member. Dr. Qiao holds degrees from Wuhan University (LL.B.), Peking University (LL.M.), and Yale University (LL.M., J.S.D.), where he was awarded the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund fellowship, the Kauffman Summer Student Fellowship, and the Streicker Fund fellowship. His doctoral dissertation won the Judge Ralph K. Winter Prize (awarded annually to the best student paper written in law and economics at Yale Law School), and will be published by Cambridge University Press.

Dr. Qiao's current research focuses on property, social norms, and local government law, with broad academic interests in law and development (in particular urbanization), law and economics, and law and globalization. In his research and teaching, he endeavors to integrate law and social sciences theories with on-the-ground observation of and participation in law and development in China. Dr. Qiao’s publications appear in Iowa Law Review, American Journal of Comparative Law, Columbia Journal of Asian Law, Canadian Journal of Law and Society, China Reform (中国改革), among others.

Dr. Qiao passed the National Judicial Examination of China and is a member of the New York State Bar. 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.

Selected Publications

Chinese Small Property: The Co-Evolution Of Law And Social Norms (Book manuscript, under contract with Cambridge University Press).

 Dealing with Illegal Housing: What New York City Can Learn from Shenzhen, China? Fordham Urban Law Journal, Vol. 43, forthcoming 2016. 

The Politics of Chinese Land: Partial Reform, Vested Interests, and Small Property, Columbia Journal of Asian Law, Vol. 29, No. 1, 70-113 (2016) [Download]

The Evolution of Relational Property Rights: A Case of Chinese Rural Land Reform, Iowa Law ReviewVol. 100, No. 6, 2480-2506 (2015). (with Frank Upham) [Download

Small Property, Big Market: A Focal Point Explanation, American Journal of Comparative Law, Vol. 63, No. 1, 197-238 (2015). [Download

Planting Houses in Shenzhen: A Real Estate Market without Legal Titles, Canadian Journal of Law and Society, Vol. 29, 253-272 (2014). [Download

Governing the Post-Socialist Transitional Commons: A Case from Rural China, Colorado Journal of international environmental law and policy, Vol. 24, No. 1, 117-162 (2013), reprinted in Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Conference journal, vol. 1, 303- 344 (2012). [Download

Book Chapters
The Changing Landscape of Chinese Property Law, in Research Handbook of Comparative Property Law (Graziadei and Smith eds. Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2017) (with Frank Upham). 

The Evolution of Land Law in China: Stick by Stick?, in Private Law in China and Taiwan: Economic and Legal Analysis (Chang et al ed., Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2016).

Small Property, Adverse Possession and Optional Law, in Law and Economics of Possession (Yun-chien Chang ed., Cambridge University Press 2015), 290-319. [Download]