Dr Emily Lee 李香慧

Department of Law

Associate professor


Dr Emily Lee’s academic qualifications comprise a PhD with Distinction (Honours) from the University of British Columbia (UBC); an LLM from UBC; and an LLB from National Taiwan University. She joined the University of Hong Kong (HKU) Faculty of Law in 2008. Before that, she taught at UBC Faculty of Law from 2004-2007 as an adjunct professor and a sessional lecturer. Prior to her academic career, she practiced law at leading law firms in Taiwan where she specialised in business, corporate and financial work (project finance), and then in Canada, advising on Taiwanese law and private international law (conflict of laws).

Dr Lee teaches primarily financial law and insolvency law at the HKU Faculty of Law. She has a proven track record of research excellence: in 2017, she was awarded the Public Policy Research (PPR) grant, which is a highly competitive external research grant, with funding from the Central Policy Unit of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. In 2016, she was awarded the Faculty Research Output Prize from the HKU Faculty of Law “in recognition of outstanding research performance”. She was the recipient of the Chiang Ching Kuo* (蔣經國) Foundation PhD Dissertation Fellowship (*Chiang Ching Kuo was President of Taiwan from 1978-1988). She received the honour of appointment as an Affiliated International Scholar at the National Centre for Business Law in Canada.

She acted as a referee (i.e. peer-reviewer) for Cambridge University Press and highly prestigious and top-ranked international peer reviewed journals such as the American Journal of Comparative Law, the Australian Journal of Asian Law and the (UK) Journal of Comparative Law (all by invitation). These invitations were a reflection of her recognised academic expertise in the field of financial law.

Her work has led to invitations for her to present papers on cross-border insolvency law and practice at local, regional and premier international conferences (such as those organised by the International Association of Restructuring and Insolvency and Bankruptcy Professionals (INSOL) and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)). She is also a member of UNCITRAL’s expert group. She has been invited and thus presented her paper at the Annual Review of Insolvency Law Conference, the premier insolvency law conference in Canada. In 2018, she acted as a judge for Ian Fletcher International Insolvency Law Moot 2018. Further, she has been a visiting scholar and a visiting professor at a number of internationally renowned academic institutions. Currently, she is the director of the Asian Institute of International Financial Law (AIIFL).

Research Area

  • Financial Law
  • FinTech Law
  • Corporate Insolvency Law
  • Cross-border Insolvency Law
  • Comparative Law

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