Dr Shitong Qiao 喬仕彤

The Department of Law

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


Dr. Shitong Qiao is assistant professor and co-convener of the Chinese Law Research Group at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. He has won the Research Output Prize of the University of Hong Kong, the Faculty Research Award, and multiple research grants totalling over USD 200,000.

Dr. Qiao is an expert on property and urban law with a focus on comparative law and China. He was the Ken Young-Gak Yun & Jinah Park Yun Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Duke in Spring 2019 and will be the inaugural Jerome A. Cohen Visiting Professor of Law at NYU in Spring 2020. His first monograph, Chinese Small Property: The Co-Evolution of Law and Social Norms, was published in 2017 by Cambridge University Press and won the inaugural Masahiko Aoki Award for Economic Paper from Tsinghua University and was reviewed in leading international and Asian law journals. In dissertation form, it won the Judge Ralph K. Winter Prize (awarded annually to the best student paper written in law and economics at Yale Law School). His second monograph, The Authoritarian Commons: Neighborhood Democratization in Urban China, is in progress and under contract with Cambridge University Press.  He has also published numerous journal articles and book chapters.  His research has been frequently cited by property and urban law theorists, scholars of China studies, and Chinese policy-makers and Supreme People’s Court justices, and has been covered by leading Chinese and English media.

Dr. Qiao graduated from Wuhan (LL.B.), Peking (MPhil), and Yale (LL.M., J.S.D.) with numerous prizes, including the Top Academic Prize from Peking. Dr. Qiao has provided expert opinions to the Shenzhen city government and the Ontario Securities Commission.

Research Areas

  • Property Law and Theory
  • Urban Law
  • Chinese Law
  • Law and Social Norms
  • Law and Development

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