Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

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Dr Jingchen Zhao

Associate Professor in Law

I joined the School of Law in February 2015 as an Associate Professor in Law. I am the deputy directors of the Centre of Business Law and Practice. I have taught at several UK universities most recently at University of Sussex, where I specialised in commercial law, corporate law and corporate governance.


I hold a doctorate from the University of Manchester. I am a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests

My research specialism is within corporate law, corporate social responsibility and corporate governance, and I also contribute to research in the areas of insolvency law, international trade law, contract law and commercial law.

My research specialism extends from general aspects of business law to interdisciplinary areas such as corporate governance, business ethics and corporate finance. Much of my current research on Chinese law has filled the gap in research on the legal aspects of corporate social responsibility and corporate governance.

I published a number of articles in high quality journals including Journal of Business Law, Journal of Corporate Law Studies and Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly. My recent monograph ‘Corporate Social Responsibility in Contemporary China’ was published by Edward Elgar in the ‘Globalisation, Corporation and the Law’ series.

My most recent research has focused on board accountability in corporate governance, corporate governance in emerging market, transparency and information disclosure and regulating corporate social responsibility. 


I have taught a range of commercial law subjects during my academic career at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Most recently, I teach Corporate Law at undergraduate level, and Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Finance and Securities Law at postgraduate level. I am also willing to supervise theses in most aspects of corporate law and corporate governance.

PhD Supervision

I am willing to supervise research students in most aspects of corporate law, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility.

Key Publications


  • Zhao J, Corporate social responsibility in contemporary China (Edward Elgar, 2014)

Journal articles

  • Keay A, Zhao J, ‘Ascertaining the Notion of Board Accountability in Chinese Listed Companies’, Hong Kong Law Journal, 46 (2016), 671-708
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/99316/

  • Zhao J, ‘Promoting more socially responsible corporations through a corporate law regulatory framework’, Legal Studies 2016 (Accepted)
    DOI: 10.1111/lest.12140, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/99313/

  • Zhao J, ‘Promoting a More Efficient Corporate Governance Model in Emerging Markets through Corporate Law’, Washington University Global Studies Law Review, 15.3 (2016), 447-493
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/88032/

  • Zhao J, ‘Enhancing transparency through company law reform in China’, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 66 (2015)

  • Zhao J, ‘The curious case of stakeholder theory: calling for a more realistic theory’, International Trade and Business Law Review, 17 (2014)

  • Zhao J, ‘A more efficient derivative action system in China: challenges and opportunities through corporate governance theory’, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 64 (2013), 233-253

  • Zhao J, Wen S, ‘The legitimacy of unsecured creditors protection through the lens of corporate social responsibility’, Journal of Business Law 2013, 868-898

  • Zhao J, ‘The harmonious society, corporate social responsibility and legal responses to ethical norms in Chinese company law’, Journal of Corporate Law Studies, 12 (2012), 163-200

  • Zhao J, ‘The curious case of shareholder primacy norm: calling for a more realistic theory’, International Trade and Business Law Review, 15 (2012), 1-25

  • Zhao J, ‘Modernising corporate objective debate towards a hybrid model’, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 62 (2011), 361-390

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