A Progressive Commercial Law in a Changing World

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About this event

COVID-19 continues to have a significant impact on the global economy and flow of capital and people. The campaign of decoupling driven by geopolitics is reshaping our business world. Commercial law plays a critical role in responding to the unpredictable future. The Young Scholar forum attracts brilliant young minds globally and presents topics including discussion on the need for an enforcement mechanism for directors' duties and stakeholders' interests, transnational suppliers in global value chains, a comparative study on personal information protection legislative reforms in China, and promoting a level playing field between Chinese state owned and other enterprises.  

Associate Professor Emma Armson will host a panel of young commercial law scholars from America, Singapore and Australia to discuss the issues mentioned above and their implications in the changing world. She will be joined by Assistant Professor Trang (Mae) Nguyen of Temple University Beasley School of Law, Mr Param Pandya of the National University of Singapore, Ms Ge Zhang of the Washington University in St. Louis, and Dr Sophia Bai of UNSW Law & Justice. 


Associate Professor Emma Armson

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.


Mr Param Pandya 

Mr Param Pandya is currently pursuing his doctoral studies at the National University of Singapore as the President’s Graduate Fellow. He completed the MSc. in Law & Finance at the University of Oxford as the J N Tata Scholar in 2019-2020. He is qualified to practice law in India.   

Prior to pursuing his masters, he worked as a Research Fellow at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy, New Delhi. Here, he had the opportunity to draft the Zero Draft of India’s National Action Plan for Business & Human Rights. He also assisted the Government of India in drafting amendments to the Indian Insolvency law, company law, among others. Before this, he worked as a corporate lawyer at Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas – a top-tier full-service law firm in India. His key interest areas are Business & Human Rights, Corporate Governance, and Financial Regulation, with a special focus on India.

Assistant Professor Trang (Mae) Nguyen

Trang (Mae) Nguyen is Assistant Professor of Law at Temple University Beasley School of Law and an affiliated scholar at the U.S. Asia Law Institute at New York University School of Law. She researches and writes in the intersections of contract law, transnational business governance, and comparative law. Her work has appeared in the American Journal of International Law Unbound, the Stanford Law and Policy Review, the Harvard Human Rights Journal, and the New York University Law Review, among others. Prior to entering academia, Professor Nguyen practiced corporate law in the Silicon Valley office of Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP and served on the policy team of the California Office of the Attorney General. She earned a J.D. degree from NYU School of Law, where she was a Law and Business Scholar and an executive editor of the NYU Law Review. 

Ms Ge (Luna) Zhang

Ms Ge (Luna) Zhang is currently a fourth-year Doctor of Juridical Science (J.S.D.) candidate at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) School of Law, the United States. She obtained her joint bachelor’s degree in Laws (LL.B.) and Business Administration (B.B.A.) from China University of Political Science and Law, followed by obtaining her two master’s degree in Laws (LL.M.) and Legal Studies (M.L.S.) from WashU. Her research interests lie in the fields of comparative commercial law and financial regulation, with particular interests in Fin-Tech Law, Privacy Law, Cybersecurity Law, Finance Law, Commercial Law and Information Law, as well as other laws in the fields of all the most cutting-edge forms of financial regulation. Aspiring to be a legal expert in comparative commercial law, she would like to strengthen her intellectual background and substantive legal knowledge by conducting comparative studies on business law under an international context and in a global perspective.

Dr Xue(Sophia) Bai

Dr Xue(Sophia) Bai has been awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree at UNSW Law in 2021, where she conducted doctrinal research on 'Reform of Chinese State-Owned Enterprises: What China can Learn from the Practice of Competitive Neutrality Policy in Australia'.

Prior to commencing her PhD degree, Dr Bai was awarded her LLB and LLM degrees in Law at Beijing Jiaotong University. Dr Bai’s current research is in the area of competition law and policy. Her recent co-authored article is published in the International and Comparative Law Quarterly on “China's SOE Reform: Using WTO Rules to Build a Market Economy”.