Professor Douglas Arner

Department of Law

Kerry Holdings Professor in Law
BA(Drury), JD(SMU), LLM, PhD (London)


Douglas W. Arner is the Kerry Holdings Professor in Law at the University of Hong Kong, a Senior Fellow of Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, and a Non-Executive Director of Aptorum Group [NASDAQ: APM]. At HKU, he co-founded and is the Faculty Director of the LLM Compliance and Regulation, LLM Corporate and Financial Law, LITE (Law, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship), and EAIEL (East Asian International Economic Law and Policy) Programmes. He led the development of the world’s largest massive open online course (MOOC): Introduction to FinTech [https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-to-fintech], launched on edX in May 2018, now with approximately 40,000 learners spanning every country in the world, as part of the first online Professional Certificate in FinTech.

Douglas specialises in economic and financial law, regulation and development. He is author, co-author or editor of fifteen books, including Reconceptualising Global Finance and its Regulation (Cambridge 2016), Financial Markets in Hong Kong: Law and Practice (Oxford, 2d ed., 2016), Finance in Asia: Institutions, Regulation and Policy (Routledge 2013), From Crisis to Crisis: The Global Financial Crisis and Regulatory Failure (Kluwer 2011) and Financial Stability, Economic Growth and the Role of Law (Cambridge 2007), and the author or co-author of more than 150 articles, chapters and reports on related subjects. His recent papers are available at SSRN [http://ssrn.com/authors=524849] where he is among the top 150 of all authors by downloads.

He was an inaugural member of the Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council, on which he served from 2013-2019. He is co-founder and a member of the Executive Committee of the Asia Pacific Structured Finance Association, and a member of the Advisory Boards of SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator, the International RegTech Association and the Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship. From 2012-2018, he served as Project Coordinator of a major five-year project funded by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council Theme-based Research Scheme on “Enhancing Hong Kong’s Future as a Leading International Financial Centre”. Douglas has served as a consultant with, among others, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Alliance for Financial Inclusion, APEC, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Islamic Financial Services Board and Development Bank of Southern Africa. He has lectured, co-organised conferences and seminars and been involved with financial sector reform projects in over 30 economies in Africa, Asia and Europe. Douglas has been a visiting professor or fellow at Duke University, Harvard University, the Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research, IDC Herzliya, McGill University, Melbourne University, National University of Singapore, Queen Mary University of London, University of New South Wales, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, and Zurich University, among others.

Douglas served as Head of the Department of Law of the University of Hong Kong from 2011 to 2014 and from 2006 to 2011 he was the Director of the Faculty’s Asian Institute of International Financial Law, which he co-founded in 1999 along with the LLM in Corporate and Financial Law. He was Co-Director of the Duke University-HKU Asia-America Institute in Transnational Law from 2005 to 2016 and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Australian Centre for International Finance and Regulation from 2010-2016. In 2007, he received HKU’s Outstanding Young Researcher Award. Before joining HKU in 2000, he was the Sir John Lubbock Support Fund Fellow at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary College, University of London.

He holds a BA from Drury College (where he studied literature, economics and political science), a JD (cum laude) from Southern Methodist University, an LLM (with distinction) in banking and finance law from the University of London (Queen Mary College), and a PhD from the University of London.

Research Area

  • Financial, Banking and Insurance Law
  • WTO, Trade and International Economic Law
  • Regulation and Development

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