Dr Zhou is a member of UNSW Law’s China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Initiative. The CIBEL Initiative is a university funded long term and strategic initiative to enhance research strength in the areas of international business and economic law of relevance to China in the twenty-first century. The CIBEL website is here: http://www.cibel.unsw.edu.au/
Prior to joining UNSW Law in 2015, Weihuan was a trade and commercial lawyer at a top-tier Australian law firm in Sydney. In that capacity, he advised the Government of China (represented by China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM)), Chinese industry associations, and numerous major producers and exporters from different countries in various trade remedy investigations in Australia. He also acted for major Chinese state-owned enterprises and private companies in a number of cross-border transactions including major Chinese investment into energy and resources, agriculture and property in Australia. Before that, Weihuan conducted research at the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney. His unpublished Ph.D thesis, completed in 2012, was on “Adjudicating De Facto Discrimination under the GATT National Treatment Rule: The Role of Regulatory Purpose”. Before that, Weihuan was a consultant at the WTO Secretariat. In that capacity, Weihuan developed two of the major online courses of the WTO including: “The Multilateral Trade Agreements” (554 pages) and “Market Access for goods and Non-Agricultural Market Access (NAMA) Negotiations” (382 pages), amongst other responsibilities. Currently, Weihuan continues to consult for leading Australian law firms on foreign trade and investment matters. He is a qualified lawyer in Australia.
Weihuan's research covers the laws of the WTO, trade remedies, FTAs, general international economic law, cross-border transactions especially the two-way trade and investment between China and Australia, Chinese commercial law, China's trade and investment policies and regulations, and China's integration into the international economic order. Weihuan has published in a number of top international and domestic journals such as the Journal of International Economic Law, the Journal of World Trade, the World Trade Review, the China Quarterly, the Manchester Journal of International Economic Law, the Global Trade and Customs Journal, the Asian Journal of WTO & International Health Law and Policy, and the Tsinghua China Law Review.
Areas of expertise
International trade regulation, the laws of the World Trade Organisation, Customs law especially anti-dumping and countervailing laws and practice, free trade agreement, general international economic law, cross-border transactions especially foreign investment into Australia, Chinese commercial law and regulations of foreign investment, Chinese trade policies and regulations, general Chinese commercial law.
Dr Zhou's current research explores the capacity of the WTO to deal with state capitalism, China's implementation of WTO rulings, the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, China's One-Belt-One-Road Initiative.
Admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
Member, International Law Section, Law Council of Australia
Member, Society of International Economic Law (SIEL)