How Can Corporate Law Help under the Pandemic?

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About this event

The Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Centre held the 2020 CIBEL Global Network Conference virtual panel sessions. The conference was dedicated to research on the urging issues in the international business and economic law field with the theme of “COVID-19 and international economic law: China and a changing world”.

The topic of this session was “How can corporate law help under the pandemic?” and was led by CIBEL member Associate Professor Charlie Xiao-chuan Weng. This 90-minute online session was live-streamed and open to registered audiences. The session was made up of presentations and Q&As. Audiences were able to ask questions.


The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on the global economy and flow of capital and people. Business organisations are facing unprecedented challenges given the incoming wave of economic recession. Corporate law is critical in allowing businesses to respond quickly to these challenges. This session will explore important issues in corporate law that can help alleviate the difficulties caused by the pandemic. These issues include the use of electronic and virtual meetings for the board and general meetings; the appropriateness of corporate actions in fighting the pandemic from a corporate social responsibility perspective; and adjustments to multinational corporations to reflect new medical law standards under the pandemic.

Associate Professor Charlie Xiao-chuan Weng hosted a panel of eminent corporate scholars from the Asian Pacific region to discuss the issues mentioned above and their implications to the whole region. He was joined by Associate Professor I-Tzu Su of National Chung Hsing University, Assistant Professor James Zeng of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Associate Professor Christopher Chen Chao-hung of Singapore Management University. 


Associate Professor Charlie Xiao-chuan Weng (CIBEL, UNSW Law)

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. 


Associate Professor I-Tzu Su 

Edith I Tzu Su is an associate professor in National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan. Dr Su studied law at National Cheng Chi University in Taiwan and completed her postgraduate studies at Washington University in Saint Louis in the United States. Her research interest centers on the intersection of law and business as well as legal education and she has published widely in these fields. Her research has attracted funding support from the Ministry of Science and the Ministry of Education in Taiwan.

Assistant Professor James Zeng 

James Si Zeng is assistant professor of law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). His research interests include corporate law and finance, economic regulation, and law and economics. He graduated from Yale Law School with an LL.M and a J.S.D. degree. He was awarded the Oscar M. Reubhausen Fund at Yale Law School for his dissertation project. Prior to that Professor Zeng graduated from Peking University (LL.B., B.A. in Economics, Mphil in Law). He has passed the National Judicial Examination of China and is admitted to the New York State Bar.

Associate Professor Christopher Chen Chao-hung 

Dr. Christopher Chen is an Associate Professor of Law at the Singapore Management University (SMU). He received a Ph.D. from University of London (UCL) and LL.M. from the University of Michigan, after completing law degrees in the National Taiwan University. Dr. Chen's main research interests include financial regulation, derivatives and risk management, financial consumer protection, corporate governance and transplantation of law in Asia in broad areas of corporate, banking, insurance and financial laws. Christopher Chen has published in both English and Mandarin Chinese with publication in the U.S., U.K., Europe, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.