Researcher

Associate Professor Weihuan Zhou

My Expertise

My areas of expertise include all areas of international economic law and China, such as World Trade Organization, international trade disputes, free trade agreements, trade remedies, international investment, and all regulatory and policy aspects relating to China particularly China's economic reform and integration into the world economy.  

Biography

I have great interest in the field of international economic law. My research focuses on the laws of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Customs law especially trade remedies, free trade agreements, Chinese commercial law, China’s regulations of international trade and investment, China’s integration into the international and regional economic order. I have published widely on these topics in a number of top international and domestic...view more

I have great interest in the field of international economic law. My research focuses on the laws of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Customs law especially trade remedies, free trade agreements, Chinese commercial law, China’s regulations of international trade and investment, China’s integration into the international and regional economic order. I have published widely on these topics in a number of top international and domestic journals such as American Journal of International Law, Journal of International Economic Law, World Trade Review, Journal of World Trade, International & Comparative Law Quarterly, the China Quarterly, Melbourne Journal of International Law, the World Economy, Manchester Journal of International Economic Law, Global Trade and Customs Journal, Asian Journal of WTO & International Health Law and Policy, Australian Law Journal, Chinese Journal of Comparative Law, and Tsinghua China Law Review. My work has been cited widely, including in European Parliament briefings, reports of the Parliament of Australia and Australia’s Productivity Commission, as well as leading scholars in the field.

At UNSW Law, I am one of the first members of the Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Centre. 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/. Globally, I am currently Co-Secretary of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL), one of the world’s leading organisations for academics and academically-minded practitioners and officials in international economic law: http://www.sielnet.org/.

Prior to joining UNSW Law in 2015, I was a trade and commercial lawyer at a top-tier Australian law firm in Sydney. In that capacity, I 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. I 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, I conducted research at the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney. My 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, I was a consultant at the WTO Secretariat. In that capacity, I 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, I continue to consult for leading Australian law firms on foreign trade and investment matters. I am a qualified lawyer in Australia.


My Grants

2018 CIBEL Seeds Grant (with Associate Professor Henry Gao at Singapore Management University) (Between Market Economy and State Capitalism: China’s State-Owned Enterprises and the World Trading System)

2018 University of New South Wales/Tsinghua-UNSW Collaborative Research Fund - Seed Grant(Co-investigator)(Financial Innovation and Regulatory change in the Context of De-globalisation: China's Approach and the Implications for Australia)

2017 University of New South Wales/SJTU-UNSW Collaborative Research Fund - Seed Grant(Chief Investigator)(China's Liberalization of Trade in Education Services under ChAFTA)

2016 University of New South Wales/SJTU-UNSW Collaborative Research Fund - Seed Grant(Chief Investigator)(China's Liberalization of Trade in Legal Services under ChAFTA)

2015 Early Career Research Teaching and Development Support Fund, UNSW Law


My Qualifications

Ph.D, LL.M, MIB (University of Sydney), LLB (SISU)


My Research Activities

My research expertise covers 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.

My 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 particularly the liberalisation of trade in services, the theoretical foundation for a multilateral trading system, and the issues of non-market economies.


My Teaching

 

  • Principles of Private Law (LAWS1150)
  • Principles of Private Law (JURD7150)
  • International Trade Law: The Law and Policy of the WTO (LAWS3084)
  • International Trade Law: The Law and Policy of the WTO (JURD7484)
  • International Trade Remedies: Law and Practices (LAWS3354)
  • International Trade Remedies: Law and Practices (JURD7554)
  • International Business Transactions (LAWS8993)
  • International Business Transactions (JURD7593)
  • Chinese Regulation of International Business (LAWS3157)
  • Chinese Regulation of International Business (JURD7657)
  • Intro to Chinese Regulation of Int'l Business (LAWS8365)
  • Intro to Chinese Regulation of Int'l Business (JURD7765)
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Location

The Law Building

Contact

+61 (2) 9065 2102