Academic Staff

Dr. Giuliano G. Castellano 

Associate Professor
Deputy Director, Asian Institute of International Financial Law (AIIFL)

Deputy Director of the Exchange Programme
Fellow, Higher Education Academy

LLB/LLM (Bocconi), PhD (Polytechnique), PhD (Turin)

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Dr. Giuliano G. Castellano is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong. He is a Fellow at the Asian Institute of International Financial Law (AIIFL), where he also serves as a Deputy Director. Since 2016, he has been Fellow at the Higher Education Academy in the United Kingdom. At HKU Law, Dr Castellano teaches several courses in the areas of financial law and financial regulatory compliance, covering securities, banking and insurance regulation.

Dr Castellano holds a Law Degree from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy), a PhD in Economics and Social Sciences from the Ecole Polytechnique of Paris (with Highest Honours), and a PhD in Law from the Inter-University Centre for Law, Economics and Institutions and awarded by the University of Turin (with 'no corrections'). His multidisciplinary doctoral research was funded by the Vinci Doctoral Scholarship of the French-Italian University, an intergovernmental body promoting international cooperation between France and Italy in all scientific domains. He has been holding various visiting positions, including at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies of the University of Oxford (Visiting Scholar, 2009); the Ecole Polytechnique, i3-CRG (Research Associate, 2008-2018); Chicago-Kent College of Law (Visiting Professor, 2010-2011); IUSS School for Advanced Studies of Pavia (Visiting Lecturer 2010-2012); the Moscow Higher School of Economics, Governance and Policy Department (Visiting Professor, 2016-2017); the Asian Institute of International Financial Law of the University of Hong Kong (Visiting Fellow, 2017); and Paris-Dauphine, Faculty of Law (Visiting Professor, 2018).

Before joining HKU, Dr Castellano was based at the University of Warwick, School of Law, where he first joined as an Assistant Professor and, then, was promoted to Associate Professor. At Warwick he was also a faculty member of the Central Banking and Financial Regulation Qualification Programme, a postgraduate programme delivered by the Warwick Business School to the Bank of England. Prior to that, he was an LSE Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Law Department. 

Dr Castellano's research interests lay in the fields of financial regulation, international financial law, law & finance, and regulatory theory. He published in prestigious journals, such as the Modern Law Review, Law & Contemporary Problems and Fordham International Law Journal. He has been conducting and leading several research projects and received support from the Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to maximise the impact of his research focusing on the coordination of financial inclusion and financial stability policies. His research has been leading him to collaborate with different international organisations, development agencies, and national governments. In particular, since 2010, he has been serving as a Legal Expert for the Italian delegation at the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), Working Group VI (security interests). In this capacity he contributed to drafting several international soft-law instruments designed to promote access to credit, including the UNCITRAL Model Law on Secured Transactions, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2016. In 2018, he also took part in a EuropeAid-funded project and concerning the alignment of the Serbian regulatory framework to the EU acquis, as an element of the negotiation process for the accession of the Republic of Serbia to the European Union. In addition, he his currently collaborating with the World Bank Group in different projects to reform domestic legal and regulatory regimes in order to promote simultaneously financial inclusion and financial stability.