Heng Wang
Room 364 Law Building UNSW Sydney
+61 2 9385 9472

Before joining UNSW, Professor Heng Wang was a professor at Southwest University of Political Science and Law (SWUPL), China, and headed a WTO law centre (established by the Department of Treaty and Law, Chinese Ministry of Commerce and SWUPL). He was a Max Weber Fellow at the EUI, and conducted research at the WTO Secretariat.

Heng’s current research focus is China’s approach to international economic legal order (including the Belt and Road Initiative, and possible central bank digital currency), its rationale and implications. In addition to his books, he has published in leading journals, been often cited and interviewed (e.g., ABC, BBC, CGTN, SBS, South China Morning Post, The Australian, and Xinhua). He has received several major grants and top research awards, including the triennial China Outstanding Law Research Award, (twice - China Law Society) and the Outstanding Research Award in Humanities and Social Science (Chinese Ministry of Education).

He was or is executive council member of one global, two Asian and all three Chinese societies of international economic law, such as a founding member of the Asian International Economic Law Network. He has been invited to speak at the WTO Headquarters and many leading institutions (e.g., Harvard University and Oxford University), and teach at around ten top universities in Canada, China, Japan, Singapore and the US as visiting professor.

Heng has advised or provided training to the government, international organization, and the private sector, and is an arbitrator of arbitration institutions inside and outside China. 

Deborah Healey
Room 327 Law Building UNSW Sydney
+61 2 9385 2226

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
Room 222 Law Building UNSW Sydney
+61 2 9385 9627

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.


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

Associate Professor Kun Fan is an award-winning scholar in the area of international arbitration, mediation, comparative legal studies, and cultural study of law. 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 frequently speaks at conferences and gives lectures and training at renowned institutions and has led and engaged in many research projects. Kun also has extensive experience in ADR practice, acting as counsel, legal expert, secretary for the arbitration tribunal, arbitrator and domain names panellist in a number of international arbitrations and domain name disputes. 

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

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

Dr Zhou is Associate Professor, Director of Research, and an inaugural member of CIBEL. 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, including a monograph on China’s Implementation of WTO Rulings (Hart) and two co-edited books on Non-Market Economies under the WTO (Springer) and the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (Hart) respectively. 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 has taken a number of senior roles internationally, including a former Executive Council Member and currently co-Secretary of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL). Dr Zhou is a qualified lawyer in Australia and consults for governments and major companies on trade remedy cases and other cross-border trade issues as well as general commercial and foreign investment matters.

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

Dr Lu Wang joined the UNSW Law & Justice 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 & Justice, 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 ReviewColumbia FDI PerspectivesThe 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.

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

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.

Room 323 Law Building UNSW Sydney

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

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

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

CIBEL Fellow

PhD Candidate


Ms. Xue (Sophia) Bai


‘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


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


Mr. Simon Lacey


‘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


'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


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

Matthew Wu

Mr. Peicheng (Matthew) Wu


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


Mr. Shangxuan (Martin) Wu


'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)


Miss Zhenyu (Zoe) Xiao


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


Miss Dan Xie


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


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