Dr Weixia Gu 顧維遐

Department of Law

Associate Professor of Law
LLB (ECUPL); MCL, SJD (HKU); Fulbright Fellow (NYU); MCIArb; FHKIArb.


Biography

Dr. Weixia Gu is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong. She was the youngest recipient in Hong Kong of the Fulbright Award from the US State Department and was appointed an Honorary Young Fellow at New York University before she joined HKU.

Gu’s research focuses on arbitration, dispute resolution, private international law and cross-border legal issues. She has published 2 monographs, 3 edited books, and authored over 60 articles a few of which have appeared in (or forthcoming with) leading international law journals such as the American Journal of Comparative LawHarvard International Law JournalChicago Journal of International Law, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, Cornell International Law Journal, Washington International Law JournalNorthwestern Journal of International Law & Business, among others. She is one of the most prolific authors at the Faculty of Law.

She has an impressive grant record and is a five-time recipient of the competitive Hong Kong Research Grants Council General Research Fund (GRF) in capacity as principal investigator.

Her second monograph, Dispute Resolution in China: Litigation, Arbitration, Mediation and Their Interactions (Routledge, 2021), is reviewed by leading international and Asian law journals. Her second co-edited book, The Developing World of Arbitration: A Comparative Study of Arbitration Reform in the Asia Pacific (Hart, 2018), is reviewed in the American Review of International Arbitration and has been commended by the Singapore Law Gazette as “the treatise of arbitration study in Asia”.

Her scholarship has informed legislative reforms as well as judicial decisions. She has been consulted by the China International Commercial Court for international arbitration law reform in China. Her scholarship has been cited by leading judiciaries in the world including the US Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit, the US Texas Supreme Court, and the Hong Kong High Court. Her works are covered in leading English and Chinese media.

Gu is a recipient of HKU’s Outstanding Young Researcher Award and HKU’s Outstanding Teaching Award in Law. She has twice been awarded the Faculty of Law’s Research Output Prize. She has also three times been awarded a top prize by the China Society of Private International Law which honors best scholarship in the field.

She has been invited to give keynote speeches at British Institute of International & Comparative Law, University of Lausanne, Renmin and Fudan Universities, and is frequently invited to speak at international conferences including those at Harvard, Yale, NYU, Chicago, UPenn, Oxford, Cambridge, Munich, Erasmus, Sydney, NUS, Kyoto, Seoul, Peking and Tsinghua Universities.

Gu is the first from Hong Kong and China to co-chair the American Society of International Law Asia-Pacific Interest Group (2018-2021). She now sits on the Governing Council of the China Society of Private International Law and Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators. She is also one of the few scholars elected from Hong Kong to the International Academy of Comparative Law, members of which consist of respected academics and judges of courts of supreme and international jurisdiction. Since 2012, she has been sitting on the editorial board of the Hong Kong Law Journal (SSCI).


Research Area

  • Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
  • Private International Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Chinese Private Law

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