GAO Yang is a Ph.D. student at the University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law. Before joining the doctoral program, she obtained the bachelor degree in Law at Wuhan University, China and then earned her LL.M. from University College London, UK. Her research interests lie in the legal regulation of animals in China in the context of practical and historical situations. The focus is on anti-animal cruelty laws, but also on the application and impact of concepts such as animal welfare and animal rights in the legal field. In addition to applying the traditional methodology of legal doctrine, she employs the research methods of the social sciences and conducts qualitative research.