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Professor Ming Du

Professor in Chinese Law

Professor in Chinese Law in the Durham Law School+44 (0) 191 33 40203
Fellow of the Centre for Sustainable Development Law and Policy 
Professor in Chinese Law in the Durham CELLS (Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences)



Professor Ming Du is Professor in Chinese Law and the Co-Director of Global Policy Institute. 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, the Journal of World Investment &Trade, Asia Pacific Law Review, and the Chinese Journal of Transnational Law. 

Research interests

  • China's Approach to International Law
  • Comparative Law
  • Foreign Investment Law
  • International Dispute Settlement
  • Public International Law and International Relations
  • The Rule of Law in China
  • World trade law (WTO)


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