Colin Hawes is Associate Professor and Director of Courses in the UTS Law Faculty. He also serves on the management committee of the Australia China Relations Institute.
Dr. Hawes joined the UTS Law Faculty in 2005 after practising law in Vancouver, Canada. He has published numerous articles on Chinese corporate governance and Chinese law and society in international journals such as Law & Society Review and the American Journal of Comparative Law. His second book, The Chinese Transformation of Corporate Culture (Routledge Press 2012) traces the emergence of a uniquely Chinese hybrid corporate form that combines economic, social and political ends. A Japanese edition of the book was published by Chuo University Press in 2015.
Colin strongly believes in the value of internationalizing legal education. He has been invited by leading international universities to teach corporate law or to conduct research as a visiting professor, including Oxford University (UK), China University of Politics & Law (Beijing), South-Western University of Politics & Law (Chongqing), University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University (Canada), and National Taiwan University in Taipei.
Colin has also advised Chinese and international business executives and corporations on cross-cultural legal issues and minimizing the risks of cross-border legal disputes.
Colin is interested in the intersection between corporations, law and culture: how cultural values impact on the way that corporations behave in different societies, and how multinational business corporations can be held accountable for their actions. He is currently engaged in collaborative research projects on the creative interpretation of corporate law by Chinese judges, and on the offshore governance structures of large Chinese corporations.