CIBEL Team

Heng Wang
Co-Director
Room 364 Law Building UNSW Sydney
+61 2 9385 9472
English

Professor Heng Wang is co-director of Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Centre, UNSW Law & Justice. Heng has been recognized domestically and internationally for his contributions to international economic law and Chinese law, including being named Australia's leading scholar in the field of international law by The Australian newspaper’s Research magazine. He has also been a recipient of major awards and grants.

Heng’s work is at the forefront of research into China’s international economic law practice, its rationale and implications. His forward-looking scholarship continues to explore the future of international economic development, often from Chinese and regional perspectives. His current research focuses on law and technology (particularly central bank digital currency (CBDC)), the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), and regional economic relationships. His recent work has examined, among other topics, the future international financial system in view of CBDC, China’s approach to international economic order and to the BRI, BRI agreements, and US-China economic relations. Prior to joining UNSW, Heng was a professor at Southwest University of Political Science and Law, China, where he headed a leading law centre. Heng was also a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow and Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute and conducted research at the WTO Secretariat.

Heng has advised or spoken at events organized by government and international organizations and institutions (e.g., APEC, Bank for International Settlements, International Chamber of Commerce, UNCITRAL, WTO), and the private sector. Heng is regularly sought for interviews and commentary by leading media outlets.

Deborah Healey
Co-Director
Room 327 Law Building UNSW Sydney
+61 2 9385 2226
English

Professor Deborah Healey joined the Faculty of Law after practising extensively as a commercial lawyer with leading law firms, where her major focus was competition law. She teaches courses in Competition Law at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and a comparative competition law course Global Issues in Competition Law and Policy (which focuses on jurisdictions including China). She has developed a course in Asian Competition Law which she teaches with other regional experts, and also teaches Australian Consumer Law. She taught  Comparative Competition Law at Tsinghua University in Beijing (2013) and is regularly invited to speak at leading international universities, particularly in China and Hong Kong. 

Deborah's current research focus is on competition law,  particularly the Anti-Monopoly Law of China, but also Singapore and Hong Kong. She taught  Comparative Competition Law at Tsinghua University in Beijing (2013). She  recently led and completed research projects for the United Nations Committee 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. She has undertaken competition law consultancies for ASEAN and UNCTAD. She regularly speaks at international conferences, including those of UNCTAD and OECD. She is appointed as a Non Government Advisor to the International Competition Network.

Deborah is also a well-known sports lawyer, who has developed and teaches in number of sports related commercial courses in the LLM programme, as well as researching and writing in the area.

Deborah is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of  New South Wales and the Federal Court of Australia.

Ross Buckley
Member
Room 222 Law Building UNSW Sydney
+61 2 9385 9627
English

Professor Ross Buckley 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.

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

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

 

Fan
Core Member
Room 378 Law Building UNSW Sydney
+61 2 9385 5568
English

Kun Fan is Associate Professor of UNSW Law and a member of UNSW’s Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law Centre. She is an award-winning scholar in the area of international arbitration, mediation and comparative legal studies. Before joining UNSW in September 2019, she held academic positions at the Faculty of Law, McGill University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She was also a Visiting Scholar of the Harvard Yenching Institute.

Kun is author of the book Arbitration in China: A Legal and Cultural Analysis (Hart Publishing) and has published extensively on cutting-edge issues in a variety of leading international journals. She is frequently invited to speak in conferences, and give lectures and trainings in renowned institutions including Harvard Law School, Harvard Yenching Institute, Cornell Law School, Qinghua University, School of International Arbitration at Queen Mary, Geneva LLM in International Dispute Settlement (“MIDS”), Arbitration Academy, American Society of International Law, Asian Development Bank, Institute of Transnational Arbitration, International Law Institute, International Bar Association, etc. In recognition of her academic contribution, she was named the Norton Rose Fulbright Faculty Scholar in Arbitration & Commercial Law in 2017, and received numerous awards.

Apart from academic research, Kun also has extensive experience in ADR practice, and has worked as counsel, legal expert, secretary for the arbitration tribunal, arbitrator and domain names panelist in a number of international arbitrations and domain name disputes, and has overseen over a hundred arbitrations administered by the ICC International Court of Arbitration when she worked as a Deputy Counsel. She is called to the New York Bar, an Academic Council Member of the Institute of Transnational Arbitration, an Executive Committee Member of International Task Force on Mixed Mode Dispute Resolution, an Executive Council Member of the China Academy of Arbitration Law, a Domain Names Panelist of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (“HKIAC”) and the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (“ADNDRC”), a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, an Accredited Mediator of the Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited, and an Arbitrator of a number of arbitration institutions in China.  

Charlie Xiao-chuan Weng
Core Member
Room 346 Law Building UNSW Sydney
+61 2 9385 9547
English

Associate Professor Charlie Xiao-chuan Weng joined the UNSW Law & Justice 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. 

Weihuan Zhou
Core Member
Room 368 Law Building UNSW Sydney
+61 2 9065 2102
English

Dr Weihuan Zhou is Associate Professor, Director of Research, and an inaugural member of the HSF CIBEL Centre. His research explores the most current and controversial issues in the field of international economic law (IEL), particularly the nexus between international trade law and China. He is the author of China’s Implementation of Rulings of the WTO (Hart, 2019) and co-editor of Rethinking, Repackaging and Rescuing World Trade Law in the Post-Pandemic Era (Hart, 2021), Non-Market Economies in the Global Trading System: The Special Case of China (Springer, 2018) and The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement: A 21st-Century Model  (Hart, 2018). His work has appeared in all top journals in the field and in some of the best journals in the broader field of international law (such as the American Journal of International Law and International & Comparative Law Quarterly). His work has been cited widely, including in European Parliament briefings and reports of the Parliament of Australia and Australia’s Productivity Commission, and by leading scholars in the field. Dr Zhou is a former Executive Council Member and currently co-Secretary of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL). He is a qualified lawyer in Australia and consults for governments and major companies on trade remedy cases and other cross-border trade and investment matters.

Lu Wang
Core Member
Room 356 Law Building UNSW Sydney
+61 2 9385 6871
English

Dr Lu Wang joined the UNSW Law & Justice as a Lecturer in August 2018 after completing PhDs at the University of Liverpool in the UK and Xi’an Jiaotong University in China respectively. The primary area of her research is international and comparative economic law, with a particular focus on international investment law, international arbitration, State-owned enterprises (SOEs) and Chinese regulation of foreign trade and investment. Lu has published on cutting-edge issues in the field of international economic law with leading international academic publishers and has engaged in a few major research projects in China. She has also served as co-guest editor to the ICSID Review (published by the Oxford University Press) Special Focus Issue on SOE and International Investment Law.

Before joining UNSW Law & Justice, Lu worked as legal intern at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) of the World Bank Group in Washington DC and the Department of Treaty and Law of MOFCOM in Beijing. She was also a Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge. Currently, Lu serves as Affiliated Expert of the Asia-Pacific FDI Network and works closely with international organisations and key actors involved in the field of foreign direct investment (FDI).

Leon Trakman
Member
Room 369 Law Building UNSW Sydney
+61 2 9385 9658
English

Professor Leon Trakman is Former Dean of Law at UNSW, 2002-2007 and currently a UNSW Professor of Law. He holds both Masters’ and Doctorate degrees earned at the Harvard Law School. His academic appointments include, among others, Distinguished, Visiting and Tenured Professor at the University of California, Wisconsin, Tulane, McGill, Dalhousie and Cape Town.

Leon is author of over 150 publications, including 11 books, on comparative and international contract, trade and investment law.  He has also specialised in comparative Chinese law.

He has been awarded various national research professorships, such as a Killam Professorship and the Bora Laskin National Fellowship in Human Rights in Canada (one awarded nationally each year in a multidisciplinary contest).  He has received numerous research grants, such as from the Canada Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC) and the Australian Research Council (ARC).

Beyond academia, Leon is an international commercial arbitrator and mediator and has served as presiding arbitrator or arbitrator in more than 120 international disputes and as mediated in over 30 disputes. He has also served extensively as an inter-governmental trade adjudicator, appointed by US, Canadian and Mexican Governments under North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). He has acted as constitutional advisor for the Canadian and South African Governments. He is also an international consultant on legal education.

Leon is a Barrister in New South Wales; a Barrister, Solicitor and Notary Public in Nova Scotia, Canada; and an Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa, Cape Provincial Division. He is also the Director of the Masters in Dispute Resolution at UNSW and on numerous professional and scholarly boards of directors and advisors.

Armson
Member
Room 323 Law Building UNSW Sydney
English

Dr Emma Armson is an Associate Professor at UNSW Law & Justice. She researches and teaches in corporate law, with a particular interest in takeover law and policy, and dispute resolution by Takeover Panels. Emma is also a member of the Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation at UNSW Law & Justice, and the Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia.

Emma was an academic in the Law Faculties at the University of Sydney and the Australian National University before joining UNSW. Prior to this, Emma had a decade of professional experience in corporate law. This included working on corporate law reform as a senior Federal Government policy officer and practising law as a Senior Associate at Minter Ellison. She has also been an in-house counsel at Westpac Financial Services and a Corporations Law Editor at CCH Australia.

Ms. Feon Chua

Manager
Room 253 Law Building UNSW Sydney
English
A. George
Member
Room 321 Law Building UNSW Sydney
+61 2 9385 9626
English

Associate Professor Alexandra George joined the UNSW Law & Justice in 2007, having had earlier academic appointments at Queen Mary, University of London, the University of Wales, Swansea and the University of Exeter in the UK. She has also worked at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy and at the University of Sydney, has practised as an intellectual property and media lawyer, was Associate to Justice MF Moore in the Federal Court of Australia and the Industrial Relations Court of Australia, and worked in journalism at Reuters.

Alexandra’s research focuses on international intellectual property and the philosophy of intellectual property law. Recent publications examine issues of jurisdiction and enforcement in international intellectual property law, including intellectual property implications of Brexit. Her research has also proposed an original approach to understanding intellectual property law through an analysis of its metaphysics and structure of intellectual property law, and ‘property’ concepts in the commodification of intangible objects. She is the author of Constructing Intellectual Property (Cambridge University Press, 2012), which examines the ways in which the legal system defines into existence and regulates intellectual property.

Alexandra also has an interest in Chinese intellectual property law. She convenes the Beijing elective course LAWS3345 / JURD7645 / LAWS8345 China International Business and Economic Law, which is jointly organised by UNSW and Tsinghua University.

In 2013, Alexandra received a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence at UNSW. In 2016, she was named 'Academic of the Year' at the national Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards and awarded a Pro Bono Award for her work for The Arts Law Centre of Australia.

Ms. Wen Chen

Administrator (Communications)
Room 253 Law Building UNSW Sydney
+61 2 9348 0346
English

CIBEL Fellow

PhD Candidate

XB

Ms. Xue (Sophia) Bai

English

‘Reform of Chinese state-owned enterprises: What China can learn from the practice of competitive neutrality in Australia’ (Deborah Healey/Leon Trakman)

Belle Guo

Miss Qi (Belle) Guo

English

'Continuous Disclosure of Chinese Cross-border Listed Companies in Australia: Delisting Issues and Enhancement Measures' (Marina Nehme/ Xiao-chuan Weng)

SL

Mr. Simon Lacey

English

‘Success and failure in the race to coordinate domestic policies, regulatory frameworks and institutions to the realities of the 21st century trading system: Australia and its regional trade partners’ (Heng Wang/ Weihuan Zhou)

Helen Pang

Miss Hui Pang

English

'Global Commons in International Investment Law: The Rights and Responsibilities of States and Investors in Renewable Energy Investments’ (Xiao-Chuan Weng/ Heng Wang/ Lucas Lixinski)

Xiaomeng Qu

Miss Xiaomeng (Phyllis) Qu

English

'Protection of Private Property Rights in Compulsory Land Acquisition in Modern China'(Brendan Edgeworth/Weihuan Zhou)

Matthew Wu

Mr. Peicheng (Matthew) Wu

English

'Research on Anti-monopoly Regulation of Abuse of Market Dominance in Trade Secret' (Deborah Healey/ Xiao-chuan Weng)

MW

Mr. Shangxuan (Martin) Wu

English

'The Status Quo and Prospect of Dual-Class Share Structure in Mainland China: Lessons and Experiences from Practices Under the Common Law System' (Xiao-chuan Weng)

Zhenyu

Miss Zhenyu (Zoe) Xiao

English

‘The Evolution of Settlement of Investor-State Disputes in China: A Coherent and Conscious Approach?’ (Heng Wang/ Jonathan Bonnitcha)

DX

Miss Dan Xie

English

Due Process Defence to Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards under the New York Convention: A Global Perspective in Theory and Practice' (Lucas Lixinski/Leon Trakman/Jeanne Huang)

Shuo Yang

Ms. Shuo Yang

English

'Reforming Corporate Governance Laws of Chinese Nonprofit Residential Care Institutions:Theoretical and practical Considerations' (Xiao-chuan Weng/ Marina Nehme)