I obtained my undergraduate degree in accounting and law with first class honours from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, LLM with distinction from Lancaster University and doctorate from the University of Oxford. I was a Sir Edward Youde Scholar and recipient of the Confucius Institute Highly Commended Prize (for my research in Chinese law). Prior to joining Leicester in 2012, I had taught at Oxford, Exeter and Universität Osnabrück.
I was a winner of the Superstar Awards in 2017, organised by the Students' Union, to celebrate exceptional staff members at the University.
My recent education and/or research projects include.
- Together with my collaborator, Steve Conway (Business School), we are supported by the British Council in providing capacity building activities on entrepreneurship skills in Uzbekistan.
- I am a member of the expert group of the Legatum Institute London, a leading UK think-tank, in the compilation of their Global Prosperity Index, alongside eminent fellow experts including former central bank chiefs and economists.
- As the coordinator in the Law School, I co-develop and co-host the English for Law International Summer Programme, with the Centre for International Training and Education of the University.
I am a reviewer for funding bodies like the Economic and Social Research Council and the Qatar National Research Fund, and journals like the Journal of International Trade Law and Policy, International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, and the Journal of Corporate Law Studies, as well as different publishers. Also, I am an affiliate of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, member of Beta Gamma Sigma (an honour society for business scholars) and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am/have been the external examiner of two UK universities.
My research interests lie closely with the teaching I am doing, surrounding commercial law (very broadly defined; but corporate law, finance and governance oriented thus far). My research has a distinctive global, comparative, and interdisciplinary approach, especially underling the role of law in economic development. The geographical coverage thus far has included leading financial centres, Asia and Africa. My most recent research project is associated with Central Asia and the Middle East, apart from my ongoing research interests in China (including Hong Kong).