Dr Richard Wu 胡惠生

Department of Professional Legal Education

Associate Professor
LLB (HKU) PCLL (HKU), BSc (Economics), LLM (London), MBA (Warwick), 
LLB, LLM (Peking), LLM (IT and Telecommunications Law) (Stratclyde) and 
PhD (London)


Dr Richard Wai-sang Wu, Associate Professor, LLB (HKU) PCLL (HKU), BSc (Economics), LLM (London), MBA (Warwick), LLB, LLM (Peking), LLM (IT and Telecommunications Law) (Strathclyde) and PhD (London). Dr Wu is one of the few   legal scholars who studied common law and Chinese law at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Apart from law, he also received academic training in other disciplines like economics, business administration, sociology and social policy. He completed his doctoral dissertation at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and his research topic was the legal and regulatory reforms for commercialization of state owned banks in China. He is a Visiting Scholar of Peking University Law School, Visiting Professor of Tsinghua University Law School, member of Editorial Advisory Board of international journal of Legal Ethics and the Collaborative Research Network on East Asian Law and Society.    

Dr Wu teaches Property Transactions, China Practice and Professional Practice in the Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong. He is active in interdisciplinary legal research, and his current research focuses on four major areas: Legal Profession, Legal Education and Legal Ethics in Hong Kong and China; Telecommunications Law and Policy in Hong Kong; Real Estate Law and Practice in Hong Kong and China; and Chinese Banking Law.  He is qualified and prepared to supervise suitable doctoral work, and is particularly well equipped to supervise doctoral research in the above four areas.

Over the years, Dr Wu has published refereed articles in international journals and contributed chapters to academic books published in China and overseas. He has also presented papers at international conferences held in Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, Jakarta, Singapore, London, San Francisco, Perth, Canberra, Berlin, Taipei, Istanbul, Montreal, Gold Coast, Stockholm, Rome, Fukuoka, Hsinchu, Chicago, Kuala Lumpur, Glasgow, Tokyo, Sydney, Boston and Paris respectively. 

In recent years, Dr Wu has succeeded in numerous  research grant applications from both local and international funding bodies. In January 2008, he was awarded a Public Policy Research Grant (PPRG) for a sum of HK$380,000 by the Research Grants Council (RGC) to study the legal and policy implications of establishing the Communications Authority in Hong Kong. In the same year, he was awarded a Teaching Development Grant for a sum of HK$269,488 to study the improvement of assessment practices in legal education. In 2009, he was awarded a sum of HK$311,360 by the Government Research Fund (GRF) to study the legal and policy implications of implementing a land title registration system in England and their lessons for Hong Kong and China. In March 2011, he received a grant from Sumitomo Foundation, Japan to undertake a comparative study of legal ethics regulation in China and Japan. In June 2011, he received another grant from Leung Lau Kui Research and Teaching Endowment Fund to examine  effective teaching of common law concepts and values to Chinese students.    

Before joining the academia, Dr Wu was a partner of the largest and oldest law firm in Hong Kong. He was qualified in four common law jurisdictions, and is eligible to practise as Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Hong Kong; Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales; Barrister and Solicitor of the Australian Capital Territory, Australia; Barrister of High Court of Australia; Advocate and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Republic of Singapore; and Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia.

Research Area

  • Financial, Banking and Insurance Law
  • Intellectual Property & Information Technology
  • Land and Conveyancing

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