Dr Haochen Sun 孫皓琛

The Department of Law

Associate Professor of Law 
Director, Law and Technology Center 
LL.B., Zhejiang University Guanghua Law School
LL.M., National University of Singapore Faculty of Law 
LL.M., Harvard Law School 
S.J.D., Duke University School of Law


Haochen Sun is Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Law and Technology Center at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. He specializes in intellectual property and technology law. His recent scholarship has focused on the theoretical and policy foundations of intellectual property, Chinese intellectual property law, and technology law and the public interest. He has won major research grants for projects dealing with intellectual property protection of luxury goods and trademark law reform in China.

Haochen has twice won the HKU Faculty of Law Research Output Prize. He is currently completing a book that puts forth a new ethical theory of technology and the public interest. The book will be published by Cambridge University Press in spring 2021. He co-edited The Luxury Economy and Intellectual Property (Oxford University Press, 2015) with Professors Barton Beebe and Madhavi Sunder, and The Cambridge Handbook of Copyright Limitations and Exceptions in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020) with Professors Shyamkrishna Balganesh and Wee Loon Ng-Loy. Currently, he is co-editing Charting Limitations on Trademark Rights (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2021) with Professor Barton Beebe. 

Haochen has taught intellectual property courses at the University of California Davis School of Law and the University of North Carolina School of Law as a Visiting Professor. He has also delivered public lectures at many leading law schools in North America, Europe, and Asia. Moreover, he has organized many international conferences on intellectual property and technology law. 

In addition, Haochen has advised leading law firms and companies in the entertainment, information technology, and luxury and fashion sectors on matters relating to intellectual property protection. His opinions about intellectual property and technology law have appeared in medial outlets, such as BBC NewsForbesLianhe ZaobaoThe Los Angeles TimesThe New York TimesSouth China Morning PostMing Pao, The Wall Street Journal, Shenzhen Satellite TV, and Radio Television Hong Kong.

Research Areas

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Technology Law
  • Chinese Law

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