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Professor Ming Du

Professor in Chinese Law in the Durham Law School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 40203
Room number: PCL177

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Professor Ming Du is Professor in Chinese Law and the Director of Centre for Chinese Law and Policy at Durham Law School. Prior to joining Durham in September 2019, he was Professor in Chinese & Comparative Law at University of Surrey from April 2016, and Reader in International Business Law at Lancaster University from September 2013. He was raised in China and completed his Chinese law training at Tsinghua University School of Law in Beijing. He holds an LLM from Harvard Law School, where he was a Victor and William Fung Fellow and a DPhil from University of Oxford (Brasenose College) where he was a Clarendon Scholar.

His current research focuses on the theoretical and structural issues of global economic governance (trade, investment and finance), China's approach to international law, and the development of the rule of law in contemporary China. He also retains a strong interest in corporate law and cross-border business transations in which he practiced as a qualified lawyer in both New York and Beijing for a number of years. 

He sits on editorial boards of Chinese Journal of International Law (OUP), Chinese Journal of Comparative Law (OUP) and Manchester Journal of International Economic Law. 

Research Interests

  • China's Approach to International Law
  • Comparative corporate Law
  • Foreign Investment Law
  • International dispute settlement
  • The Rule of Law in China
  • World trade law (WTO)

Teaching Areas

  • China and the International Legal Order
  • Foreign Investment Law
  • World Trade Law

Selected Publications

Chapter in book

  • Du, M & Shen, W (2020). The Future of Investor-State Dispute Settlement System: Exploring China's Changing Attitude. In Handbook of International Investment Law and Policy. Chaisse, J, Choukroune, L & Jusoh, S. Springer.

Journal Article

  • Du, M (2018). Re- Conceptualising the Role of Science in International Trade Disputes. Journal of World Trade 52(5): 697-720.
  • Du, M (2018). WTO Regulation of Transnational Private Authority in Global Governance. International and Comparative Law Quarterly 67(4): 867-902.
  • Du, M (2016). 'Treatment No Less Favourable' and the Future of National Treatment Obligation in Article III:4 of the GATT 1994 after EC - Seals. World Trade Review 15(1): 139-163.
  • Du, M & Kong, QJ (2016). EC-Seal Products: A New Baseline for the Global Economic Governance and National Regulatory Autonomy Debate in the Multilateral Trading System. Manchester Journal of International Economic Law 13(1): 2-21.
  • Du, M & Deng, F (2016). International Standards as Global Public Goods in the World Trading System. Legal Issues of Economic Integration 43(2): 113-144.
  • Du, M (2016). Permitting Moral Imperialism: The Public Morals Exception to Free Trade at the Bar of the World Trade Organization. Journal of World Trade 50(4): 675-704.
  • Du, M (2016). The Necessity Test in World Trade Law: What Now? Chinese Journal of International Law 15(4): 817-847.
  • Du, M (2016). The Regulation of Chinese State-owned Enterprises in National Foreign Investment Laws: A Comparative Analysis. Global Journal of Comparative Law 5(1): 118-145.
  • Du, M (2015). Explaining China's Tripartite Strategy toward the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Journal of International Economic Law 18(2): 407-432.
  • Du, M (2015). What is a Technical Regulation in the TBT Agreement? European Journal of Risk Regulation 6(3): 396-404.
  • Du, M (2014). China's State Capitalism and World Trade Law. International and Comparative Law Quarterly 63(2): 409-448.
  • Du, M (2014). When China's National Champions Go Global: Nothing to Fear but Fear itself? Journal of World Trade 48(6): 1127-1166.
  • Du, M (2011). The Rise of National Regulatory Autonomy in the GATT/WTO Regime. Journal of International Economic Law 14(3): 639-675.
  • Du, M (2010). Autonomy in Setting Appropriate Level of Protection under the WTO Law: Rhetoric or Reality? Journal of International Economic Law 13(4): 1077-1102.
  • Du, M (2010). Standard of Review under the SPS Agreement after EC - Hormones II. International and Comparative Law Quarterly 59(2): 441-459.

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