International economic law, law and technology, digital currency, trade law, regional economic relationships, Chinese law
Heng Wang is a professor and co-director of UNSW Law & Justice's Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Centre, the largest centre in this field outside China. He is also a co-director of the Tsinghua-UNSW Joint Research Centre for International Commercial and Economic Law (JCICEL). Heng has been recognized domestically and internationally for his contributions in the fields of international economic...view more
Heng Wang is a professor and co-director of UNSW Law & Justice's Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Centre, the largest centre in this field outside China. He is also a co-director of the Tsinghua-UNSW Joint Research Centre for International Commercial and Economic Law (JCICEL). Heng has been recognized domestically and internationally for his contributions in the fields of international economic development and Chinese law, including being named Australia's research field leader in international law by The Australian newspaper’s Research 2020 magazine. Besides books, he has published extensively in leading journals in English and Chinese.
His current research focuses on law and technology (particularly central bank digital currency (CBDC), digital currency and sustainable development), Chinese law, and international economic development (e.g., the Belt and Road Initiative, the China-US relationship, free trade agreements). His work has examined, among other topics, the future international financial system in view of CBDC, digital yuan, China’s approach to international economic order and the Belt and Road Initiative, the Belt and Road agreements, and US-China trade war.
He is the first investigator of a major research project funded by the Australian Research Council on regional economic governance, which will analyse issues including law and technology, finance, investment and dispute settlement.
Heng is currently or has been an Executive Council member of the Society of International Economic Law (2008-2015), a founding member of the Asian International Economic Law Network, a member of the Asian WTO Research Network, and an executive member of governing council of all three Chinese societies of international economic law or WTO law. He is an editorial board member of Asia Pacific Law Review. Prior to joining UNSW, Heng was a professor at the Southwest University of Political Science and Law (SWUPL), China, where he headed a WTO law centre. He has also been the recipient of over 20 top research awards and a number of major grants, including the triennial China Outstanding Law Research Award, twice, (China Law Society) and the Outstanding Research Award in Humanities and Social Science (Chinese Ministry of Education).
As a leader in his field, Heng has spoken at over 70 universities across America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, including Harvard University, Oxford University, Columbia University, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, the LSE and University of Paris 1. Furthermore, as a visiting professor, he has taught at the Case Western Reserve University, China University of Political Science and Law, SWUPL, University of Ottawa, Xiamen University, and Yokohama National University. More recently, he taught courses at National University of Singapore and Chinese University of Hong Kong (Shenzhen).Heng was also a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow and Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, and conducted research at the WTO Secretariat. Furthermore, Heng’s more recent focus on the intersections between law and technology has led to a broad range of engagements, including serving as a panellist at the major events (e.g., DC FinTech Week at Capitol Hill), interviews with a leading podcast and media outlet, and the delivery of (keynote) addresses.
Heng has advised or spoken at the events organized by the government, international organizations and institutions (e.g., the APEC, the Bank for International Settlements, International Chamber of Commerce, UNCITRAL, WTO), and the private sector, and is an arbitrator at arbitration institutions in and outside China. Heng is regularly interviewed by media in Australia, China, the US and elsewhere, including by the BBC, Reuters, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Al Jazeera, the South China Morning Post, SBS, Australia Financial Review, The Australian, and Yahoo Finance.
Heng has received many major grants. Currently, he is leading a research project funded by the Australian Research Council on regional economic governance, which will analyse issues including law and technology, finance, investment and dispute settlement.
My Research Activities
- “WTO Crisis and the Future of International Economic Order”, 18th Annual Conference on WTO and China, UIBE, Beijing, 2019
- Panellist, DC FinTech Week, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C., 2019 (co-hosted by Georgetown University and United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority)
- “A G2 Free Trade Agreement: Illusion or Not?”, Paradise Lost or Found? The Post-WTO International “Legal” Order (Utopian & Dystopian Possibilities) Workshop, KCL, 2019
- Panellist, 2019 Annual Conference on WTO Law and Global Economic Regulation, Geneva, 2019 (This is Georgetown - Graduate Institute (G2) conference)
- “The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and China’s Role in Global Governance”, the University of Pennsylvania Asian Law Review Annual Symposium, 2019
- "The Paradigm Shift of China’s Approach to International Economic Law: From Selective Adaptation to Selective Innovation,” The Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) 2018 Biennial Conference “International Economic Law in Unsettling Times,” American University Washington College of Law, 2018
- “China’s Approach to International Economic Legal Order and Its Implications”, Annual Meeting on Law and Society, Toronto, 2018
- "China and International Economic Law: The Belt and Road Initiative and Beyond" (with Simin Gao), 78th Biennial Conference of International Law Association, Sydney, 2018
- “China’s Approach to International Economic Law: From Selective Adaptation to Selective Innovation?”, HKU-UNSW Symposium, The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, 2018
- “China's Approach to International Economic Law and Its Implications for Businesses”, Alumni Summit Hosted by UNSW Sydney - “The Future of Asia”, Hong Kong, 2018
- “China's Regulatory Approach to the Sharing Economy: Regulation Trumps Innovation?” (with Huiqin Jiang), Conference - "The Sharing Economy in China: Regulation or De-regulation for Innovation?", KoGuan School of Law, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2018
- “OBOR and International Economic Legal Order”, One Belt One Road Summit, Faculty of Law, Oxford University, 2017
- “The Future of China’s Approach to International Economic Law in Deep FTAs Era”, Workshop “The New Plurilateralism: The Emerging Standard for Global Economic Governance?”, University of Warwick, 2017
- “Building towards the RCEP? Reflections on the ASEAN-China FTA”, Conference - ASEAN Law in the New Regional Economic Legal Order”, Singapore Management University, 2017
- “The Future of China’s Trade Pacts and Intellectual Property”, Conference - The Future of Asian Trade Deals and IP, Singapore Management University, 2017
- “China's Trade Approach to the Belt and Road Initiative and Its Implications”, Tsinghua-UNSW Workshop, Tsinghua University School of Law, 2017
- “The Legal Issues of RCEP Investment Rules”, Workshop “Trade and Economic Integration: South Asia, South East Asia and Asia Pacific”, Institute of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, 2017
- “How May China Respond to the US Trade Approach?”, ANZSIL (Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law) International Economic Law Interest Group Workshop, University of Sydney, 2017
- “The RCEP and Its Investment Rules: Learning from Past Chinese FTAs”, The 5th Asian International Economic Law Network (AIELN) Conference “Asian Perspectives on International Investment Law”, Xiamen, 2017.
- "How may China respond to President Trump’s trade policy? Features and the future", AWRN 2017 Meeting.
- "China's FTA Approach to Intellectual Property in the Era of Mega FTAs", 2nd Works-in-Progress Conference “IPSCHOLARS ASIA", Singapore Management University, 2017.
- "Chinese Consumer Protection and International Trade" (with Mary Ip), Second International Conference on Consumer Policy in China: New Trends and Challenges, the University of Macau, 2016
- “RCEP: Learning from Past Chinese FTAs”, Asian FDI Forum II, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2016
- "How Might China Respond to the TPP?", Sixth Annual Amercian Society of International Law Research Forum, University of Washington School of Law, 2016
- "The Future of China's Approach to International Economic Law in Deep FTAs Era: A Paradigm Shift Towards Deep FTAs Lite?", Biennial Meeting of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) International Economic Law Interest Group, Georgetown Law’s Institute of International Economic Law, 2016
- 'The Recent Trend of China’s FTAs: A Paradigm Shift?', Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) 2016 Biennial Conference, University of the Witwatersrand, 2016
- 'An Assessment of the ChAFTA and Its Implications', Conference of Chinese-Australian Economic Relations in the post-ChAFTA World, UNSW Law, 2016
- "China and the TPP", GELN Biennial Symposium of "The Age of Mega-Regionals", University of Melbourne, 2016
- 'The Future of China’s FTAs and its Implications for China’s Trade Pacts with Australia and New Zealand', Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law (ANZSIL) 24th Annual Conference, Australian National University, 2016
- "The Convergence or Divergence of China's FTAs and the TPP?", "The Transpacific Partnership (TPP): A Paradigm Shift in International Trade Regulation?", 2016 AWRN Conference, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2016
- "China and the Megaregionals", The Institute for International Law and Justice, New York University, 2016
- "China and the Accession to the World Trade Organization: History, Reasons and Interpretation Issues", New York University School of Law, 2016
- ‘China’s Participation in the International Economic Legal Order’, Columbia Law School, 2016
- “Rules of Origin in WTO/FTA Dispute Settlement Mechanism”, APEC FTAAP Capacity Building Program, Workshop entitled “Dealing with a New Trade Landscapes: Complexities of Rules of Origin and Logistical Challenges of Trade Facilitation”, sponsored by the Korean Foreign Ministry in collaboration with the APEC, 2015
- “The Challenges of China-Korea FTA: Rule Development, Implementation and Interpretation”, Joint Asian International Economic Law Conference, 2015
- “The New Development of Chinese FTAs”, Conference entitled “Korea-China FTA: Legal Prospects and Jurisprudence”, Chinese Society of International Economic Law, Korean Society of International Economic Law (KSIEL), and Korea Legislation Research Institute (KLRI), 2015
- “Subsidies Issues in Renewable Energy Trade” (commentator), Symposium on International Trade Law and Policy Relating to Natural Resources, Energy and Environment, Tokyo, 2015
- “The WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation: Who Wins? Who Loses? A Chinese Perspective”, Harvard Law School, 2014
- “Culture and Trade”, Center for the Study of Contemporary China, University of Pennsylvania, 2014
- “Cultural Exceptions in International Trade: Challenges and the Prospect”, 2014 KSIEL International Conference entitled “Trade and Global Governance: A Panoramic View of Free Trade Agreements and WTO”, sponsored by Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy, Korea Federation of Small and Medium Business, and Chin Yang Holdings Co., Ltd., hosted by KSIEL and KLRI, 2014
- “China and the WTO”, University of Virginia School of Law, 2014
- “China and the World Trade Regime: A Multilateral and Regional Perspective”, Center for the Study of Contemporary China & Center for Asian Law, University of Pennsylvania, 2014
- “The Characterization of Services in the Context of World Trade Law”, Biennial Global Conference of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL), World Trade Institute, Bern, 2014
- “China, the WTO and Free Trade Agreements”, Cornell University Law School, 2014
- “China and International Economic Law”, George Washington University Law School, 2014
- “The Agreement on Trade Facilitation and Its Implications”, 2014 Asian WTO Research Network Annual Conference "AWRN at 10", Taipei, 2013
- “The Challenges of Interpretation”, Asian International Economic Law Network (AIELN) III Conference “WTO at 20 and the Future of the International Law on Trade, Investment and Finance” (Special Session “WTO Dispute Settlement: The Present and Future” with Seung Wha Chang [Member of the Appellate Body of the WTO], Valerie Hughes [Director of the WTO Legal Division],Werner Zdouc [Director of the WTO Appellate Body Secretariat]), Ewha Womans University, 2013
- “Cultural Rights Implications for Trade in Service”, Conference on Protection of Fundamental Rights - Cultural Rights, Legal and Judicial Training Centre, Macao, 2013
- “The Accession Protocol and the WTO”, Conference on Legal Environment of International Economic Governance, SWUPL, 2013
- “The Interpretation of China’s Accession Protocol”, “Commercial Law Reform in Asia”, Universities of Sydney/Hawaii Joint Seminar, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney, 2012
- Session Chair, SIEL Biennial Global Conference, National University of Singapore, 2012
- “Technological Innovation and Trade Law”, Symposium on WTO Disputes involving China, Renmin University, Beijing, 2011
- “The Interpretation of WTO Service Schedules”, AIELN Conference "The Global Financial and Economic Crisis and the Post-Crisis International Economic Law Environment”, University of Hong Kong and Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2011
- “A Chinese Perspective on Trade and Climate Change”, Conference on “Global Challenges at the Intersection of Trade, Energy and the Environment”, jointly organized by the Centre for Trade and Economic Integration, Geneva and the WTO, the WTO Headquarters, 2009