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.