Research Profile

Dr Marco Wan 温文灝

Associate Professor of Law and Honorary Associate Professor of English
PhD., University of Cambridge
LLM, Harvard Law School
MA/BA Law (Hons)., University of Cambridge
BA., Yale University

Member, New York State Bar
CEDR and HKMAAL Mediator

Publications: Monographs

Masculinity and the Trials of Modern Fiction (Routledge, 2016)

  • Penny Pether Prize, Law, Literature, and the Humanities Association of Australasia
  • University Research Output Prize, HKU

Publications: Edited Collections

The Rule of Law and the Cultural Imaginary in (Post-)colonial East Asia. 18 Law/Text/Culture, ed. by Marco Wan and Janny Leung (2014)

The Legal Case: Cross Currents between Law and the Humanities, ed. by Marco Wan (Abingdon: Routledge, 2012)

Publications: Journal Articles

‘Legal Consciousness and Hong Kong Cinema’, 10 Law and Humanities 161-173 (2016)

Lawyer, Lawyer: Albert Venn Dicey, Joe Ma, and the Rule of Law in Hong Kong’, 18 Law/Text/Culture 82-101 (2014)

‘Ai Weiwei, Oscar Wilde, and the Art of Posing’, 9 Law, Culture and the Humanities 7-12 (2013)

‘Screening the Law in China: Law, Visuality and Evidence in Three Documentaries on HIV/AIDS by Ai Xiaoming’, 6 Law and Humanities 25-40 (2012)

‘A Matter of Style: On Reading the Oscar Wilde Trials as Literature’, 31 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 709-726 (2011) (Winner of the HKU Faculty Research Output Prize 2011)

‘Constructing the Meaning of “Obscenity”: an Empirical Investigation and an Experimentalist Account’ (co-authored with Janny Leung), 25 International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 415-430  (2012)

‘Doing Things with the Past: A Critique of the Use of History by Hong Kong's Court of First Instance in W v Registrar of Marriages’, 41 Hong Kong Law Journal 125-138 (2011) (Guest Editor of Focus Section on the transsexual marriage case of W v Registrar of Marriages)

‘Law and Humour in Johnnie To's Justice, My Foot!’, 31 Cardozo Law Review 1313-1329 (2010) (Winner of the HKU Faculty Research Output Prize 2010)

‘The Unwritten Law of Files’, 22 Law & Literature 199-212 (2010)

‘Fetishistic Reading, Intertextual Reading: Law, Literature, and Androgyny in the Madame Bovary Trial’, 2 Law and Humanities 233-254 (2008) (nominated for the Socio-Legal Article Prize of the Socio-Legal Studies Association; winner of the HKU Faculty Research Output Prize 2008)

‘From the Rack to the Press: Representation of the Oscar Wilde Trials in the French Newspaper Le Temps’, 18 Law & Literature 47-69 (2006)

Publications: Book Chapters

‘The Artwork of Hong Kong's Occupy Central’, in Civil Unrest, Law and Order in Hong Kong, ed. by Michael Ng and John Wong (Routledge, forthcoming 2016)

‘A Legal Hauntology in Hong Kong’, in Economies of Interpretation: Derrida, Agamben, and the Political Theology of Law, ed. by Peter Goodrich and Michel Rosenfeld (Fordham UP, forthcoming 2016)

‘Law and the Language of Film in Juno Mak’s Rigor Mortis’, in Language, Power and Law: the Invisible Exercise of Power through Language, ed. by Alan Durant and Janny Leung (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2015)

‘Representations of Law in Hong Kong Cinema’, in A Companion to Hong Kong Cinema (Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 2015), pp.560-584

‘Literal Interpretation and English Precedent in Joe Ma's Lawyer, Lawyer’, in Current Legal Issues: Law and Language, ed. by Michael Freeman and Fiona M. Smith (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 246-259

‘A Tale of Many Newspapers: Perversion, Criminality, and Scopophilia in Hong Kong's Reportage on the Edison Chen Scandal’ (primary author; co-authored with Dr Janny Leung), in Law, Culture and Visual Studies, ed. by Anne Wagner and Richard Sherwin (Dordrecht: Springer, 2013), pp. 873-889

'Stare Decisis, Binding Precedent, and Anthony Trollope's The Eustace Diamonds’, in The Legal Case: Cross Currents between Law and the Humanities (Abingdon: Routledge, 2012), pp. 205-217

Editorships and External Positions

Managing Editor, Law and Literature

Editorial Board Member, Edinburgh Critical Studies in Law, Literature and the Humanities, Edinburgh University Press

International Advisor, International Journal for the Semiotics of Law

International Advisor, Legenda Studies in Comparative Literature

Articles Editor, Hong Kong Law Journal