Academic Staff

Haochen Sun 孫皓琛

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

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Haochen is Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Law and Technology Center at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. His research and teaching focus on the theoretical and policy foundation of intellectual property, Chinese intellectual property law, and international and comparative intellectual property law. His most recent research is concerned with copyright law and the public interest, intellectual property protection of luxury goods, and intellectual property and social justice.

Haochen has twice won the HKU Faculty of Law Research Output Prize. He co-edited The Luxury Economy and Intellectual Property (Oxford University Press, 2015) with Professors Barton Beebe and Madhavi Sunder. He is currently completing a book that aims to put forth a new ethical theory of copyright and the public interest. The book will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. He is also co-editing The Cambridge Handbook of Copyright Limitations and Exceptions in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018) with Professors Shyamkrishna Balganesh and Wee Loon Ng-Loy.

Haochen has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Davis, School of Law and the University of North Carolina School of Law. Before joining HKU, he worked as a research fellow at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition.

Haochen has given public lectures at many leading law schools in North America, Europe and Asia. He has also spoken at many international conferences. His recent work on intellectual property has been selected for presentation at the Fourth Harvard-Stanford International Junior Faculty Forum, the Plenary Session of the Eleventh Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, and the Fourth Junior Scholars in Intellectual Property Workshop at Michigan State University College of Law.

Haochen has organized many international conferences on intellectual property. He launched the HKU Lecture in Intellectual Property and the Insights in Intellectual Property Practice public lecture series in 2015 and 2016 respectively. These events have featured public lectures and talks by leading intellectual property scholars, practitioners and governmental officials.  

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 have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, South China Morning Post, Ming Pao, Shenzhen Satellite TV and Radio Television Hong Kong.

Selected Publications

Ethical Copyright: New Directions in Protecting the Public Interest (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018)

The Cambridge Handbook of Copyright Limitations and Exceptions in Comparative Perspective (Shyamkrishna Balganesh, Wee Loon Ng-Loy and Haochen Sun eds., Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2018)

The Luxury Economy and Intellectual Property: Critical Reflections (Haochen Sun, Barton Beebe and Madhavi Sunder eds., Oxford University Press, 2015) 

Articles and Essays: 
“Statement of Public Interest Principles for Copyright Protection under the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP),” 48 International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law 334–337 (2017) [Download]

"Hermès in the Lost (Luxury) Paradise: How to Secure Enhanced Well-Known Trade Mark Protection in China,” 38 European Intellectual Property Review 101-108 (2016)

“Reforming Anti-Dilution Protection in the Globalization of Luxury Brands,” 45 Georgetown Journal of International Law 783-823 (2014) [Download]

“The Distinctiveness of a Fashion Monopoly,” 3 New York University Journal of Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law 142-196 (2013)  [Download]

“Living Together in One Civilized World: How Luxury Companies and Consumers Can Fulfill Their Ethical Responsibilities to the Poor,” 46 UC Davis Law Review 547-579 (2013)  [Download]

“Copyright and Responsibility,” 4 Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law 263-317 (2013) [Download]

“Can Louis Vuitton Dance with HiPhone? Rethinking the Idea of Social Justice in Intellectual Property Law,” 15 University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law & Social Change 387 (2012) [Download]

“Fair Use as a Collective User Right,” 90 North Carolina Law Review 125-202 (2011) [Download]

“Toward a New Social-Political Theory of the Public Trust Doctrine,” 35 Vermont Law
Review 563-622 (2011) [Download]

“Designing Journeys to the Social World: Hegel’s Theory of Property and His Noble Dreams Revisited,” 6 Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 33-59 (2010) [Download]

“Overcoming the Achilles Heel of Copyright Law,” 5 Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property 265-331 (2007) [Download]

 “Reconstructing Reproduction Right Protection in China,” 53 Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA 223 (2006)

“The Road to Doha and Beyond: Some Reflections on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health,” 15 European Journal of International Law 123 (2004)

Book Chapters: 
“Entertainment Utopia Through Compulsory Licensing and Network Neutrality,” in Remuneration of Copyright Owners (Kung-Chung Liu and Reto M. Hilty eds., Springer, forthcoming 2017)

“The Shanzhai Phenomenon and its Challenge to Intellectual Property Law,” in Flashpoints: Changing Paradigms in Media, Technology and Intellectual Property Law (Alexandra George ed., Quid Pro Law, forthcoming 2017)

“Luxury Brands and Cultural Diversity: The Role of Trademark Law,” in Diversity in Intellectual Property: Identities, Interests, and Intersections 426 -452 (Irene Calboli and Srividhya Ragavan eds., Cambridge University Press, 2015)

“Anti-Dilution Protection of Luxury Brands in the Global Economy,” in Research Handbook on International Intellectual Property Law 407-432 (Daniel J. Gervais ed., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015) 

“The Ethical Responsibilities of Luxury Companies and Consumers,” in The Luxury Economy and Intellectual Property: Critical Reflections 225-247 (Haochen Sun et al. eds. Oxford University Press, 2015)