The Centre for International Business and Economic Law is led by Centre Co-Directors Professor Deborah Healey and Associate Prof Heng Wang 

Centre Members

Professor Ross Buckley
Professor Deborah Healey

Associate Professor Heng Wang
Associate Professor Xiao-chuan Weng

Associate Professor Alexandra George
Dr Weihuan Zhou
Dr Lu Wang

CIBEL Fellows

Professor Colin Picker
Professor Lisa Toohey
Professor Wenhua Shan
Shu Zhang

PhD Candidates 

Xue Bai (Sophia)
Simon Lacey
Xiaomeng Qu

Dan Xie

Centre Administration and Contact

Professor Ross Buckley

I joined the Faculty in 2007, and was appointed a Scientia Professor and to the CIFR King & Wood Mallesons Chair in International Finance Law in 2013.

My principal area of research interest is in regulatory measures to increase the resilience and stability of financial systems. I have written a substantial number of publications exploring how China might more effectively participate in international financial governance.  My present particular focus is on the regulation of digital financial services in a range of jurisdictions including China.

I have led four major three-year research projects funded by the ARC and received numerous other research grants. I co-edit two book series for Wolters Kluwer of The Hague on international banking and finance law and international trade law.

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Deborah joined the Faculty of Law after practising extensively as a commercial lawyer with leading law firms. There her major focus was on on competition law, and she advised clients on all aspects of the Competition and Consumer Act, including consumer law from the perspectives of business and consumers. She regularly dealt with the regulator on mergers and potential breaches. She devised tailored compliance programs for her clients.  She has researched written and advised very widely in relation to sports law, advising  sports, sportspeople and their commercial partners on all aspects of their sport and commercial relationships. Deborah has had considerable experience as a sports tribunal chair and member, and has appeared before various tribunals including the Court of Arbitration for Sport. She has been a board member for significant state and national sporting organisations. 
She teaches courses in Competition Law at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, has developed a course in Asian Competition Law which she teaches with other regional experts, and also Australian Consumer Law. Deborah has developed and teaches in number of sports related commercial courses in the LLM programme.
Deborah's current research focus is on competition law and particularly the the developing competition laws of China, Singapore and Hong Kong. She taught  Comparative Competition Law at Tsinghua University in Beijing (2013). She  is regularly invited to address students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels at leading universities in  China and Hong Kong.  She  recently led and completed research projects for the United Nations Commmittee on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The first was on Competitive Neutrality in Developing Countries, and the second (jointly led with Professor Eleanor Fox of NYU and continuing ) was entitled Competition Law and the State.
Deborah's  membership of the Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Committee has seen substantial input into reform of Australian Consumer Law. Her research on sport and law focuses particularly in areas of governance in sport, sponsorship and anti-doping. She is editor of the Australia and New Zealand Sport Law Journal. She is convenor of Corporate and Commercial studies in the LLM Programme and Chair of the Postgraduate Education Committee. She was appointed as the first woman board member of the New South Wales Rugby League in 2013.
She is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of  New South Wales and the Federal Court of Australia.

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Heng joined UNSW in 2015. Previously, as a professor at Southwest University of Political Science and Law (SWUPL), China, he headed a WTO law center (established by the Department of Treaty and Law, the Ministry of Commerce and SWUPL) and has been the recipient of top research awards and several major grants, including the triennial China Outstanding Law Research Award, twice, (China Law Society) and the Outstanding Research Award in Humanities and Social Science (the Ministry of Education).

Heng has spoken at the WTO Headquarters and around 40 universities in America, Europe, and Asia, including Harvard University, Columbia University, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, the LSE, University of Paris 1 and Waseda University. As a visiting professor, he taught at UNSW, University of Ottawa, Case Western Reserve University, Yokohama National University, and Xiamen University. Besides being a visiting professor at Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies and University of Cagliari, he conducted research at the WTO Secretariat, and was the Visiting Professorial Fellow of UNSW and the Max Weber Fellow at European University Institute.

Besides books, he published widely within and outside of China in journals including the Journal of World Trade and Cornell International Law Journal , and his research has been quoted by scholars such as those from Oxford University and the Max Planck Institute. Heng’s research interest focuses on China’s interaction with international economic law, particularly in the context of the WTO and free trade agreements, services trade and investment, trade linkage issues (e.g. trade, culture and technology), and Chinese law.

Heng was an Executive Council member of the Society of International Economic Law (2008-2015), and is a founding member of the Asian International Economic Law Network, a member of the Asian WTO Research Network, and an executive council member of all three Chinese societies of international economic law or WTO law.

Heng has advised or provided training to the government, international organization, and the private sector, and is an arbitrator of arbitration institutions in China and Europe. He is adjunct professor at SWUPL, China.

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Charlie Xiao-chuan WENG joined the UNSW Law faculty in 2015. Previously, he was Oriental Scholar Chair Professor of Law and Assistant Dean at the KoGuan Law School of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) . He also taught at Nagoya University Graduate School of Law (Japan) as Designated Associate Professor. He studied law at East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL) before completing his LLM at the National University of Singapore (NUS). After working for ECUPL for five years, he went to the University of Pennsylvania School of Law for his LLM and SJD in corporate law, followed by an appointment as a Robert S. McNamara Fellow at the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law. In 2012, he was recruited by SJTU as a Research Professor.

His research interest centers on law and business. He has published widely in the fields of corporate law, securities law, and bankruptcy. His research projects were heavily supported by multiple organizations, including the World Bank and the Municipal government of Shanghai. Before joining UNSW, he had received more than one million RMB research funding, with his research outputs providing assistance to funding organizations. Currently, he is especially interested in research on the law of capital markets, the fundamental theory of corporate law and is interested in employing cross-disciplinary research methodologies to analyze the impact on the real economy of changes in the law governing corporate law and financial regulation. 


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Dr Weihuan Zhou 

Dr Weihuan Zhou joined UNSW law school as a lecturer on 1 April 2015. Prior to joining UNSW Law, Weihuan was a trade and commercial lawyer at a top-tier Australian law firm in Sydney. In that capacity, he has advised the Government of China, Chinese industry associations, and numerous major producers and exporters from different countries in various trade remedy investigations in Australia. He has also acted for major Chinese state-owned enterprises and private companies in a number of cross-border transactions including major Chinese investment into energy and resources, agriculture and property in Australia. Before that, Weihuan has undertaken a consultant role at the World Trade Organisation Secretariat and conducted research at Sydney Law School. Currently, Weihuan continues to consult for leading Australian law firms on foreign trade and investment matters. He is a qualified lawyer in Australia.

Dr Zhou's research covers the laws of the World Trade Organisation, trade remedies, free trade agreement, general international economic law, cross-border transactions especially the two-way trade and investment between China and Australia, Chinese commercial law, China's trade and investment policies and regulations, and China's integration into the international economic order. He has published in a number of top journals on international economic law such as the  Journal of International Economic Law, the  Journal of World Trade, the  World Trade Review, and the  Manchester Journal of International Economic Law.

Dr Zhou's current research explores the non-discrimination principle of the WTO, China's implementation of WTO rulings, the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, China's regulations of digital financial services, and China’s domestic reforms of trading rights .  

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Dr Lu Wang 

Dr Lu Wang joined the UNSW Law as a Lecturer in August 2018 after completing her PhDs at the University of Liverpool in the UK and Xi’an Jiaotong University in China. The primary area of Lu’s research is international and comparative economic law, with a particular focus on international investment law, international arbitration, State-owned enterprises (SOEs) and China’s regulations of foreign trade and investment. In 2015, Lu was commissioned as the co-guest editor for the first Special Issue of the ICSID Review (by Oxford University Press) focusing on State-owned enterprises and international investment law.

Prior to joining UNSW Law, Lu worked as a legal intern at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington DC (in 2017) and the Ministry of Commerce of China (MOFCOM) Department of Treaty and Law in Beijing (in 2012). She was also a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge in 2014.

Lu has published articles in English and Chinese journals in the field of international economic law, including the ICSID Review, Columbia FDI Perspectives, The Chinese Journal of Comparative Law (OUP), Studies in Law and Business (Fa Shang Yan Jiu, a CSSCI journal of China), Legal Daily (the premier Chinese legal newspaper), etc. One of Lu’s articles was awarded the First Prize of the “Outstanding Essay Award” by the Chinese Society of International Economic Law (CSIEL). Lu has also participated as a core investigator in a few major research projects funded by the National Social Science Foundation of China, the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Education of P. R. China.

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