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Dr. CHEN Lei (陳磊博士)

PhD (Stellenbosch) LLM (Aberdeen) LLB Honours (London) LLB (ECUPL)
FHKIArb
panel arbitrator: HKIAC, AIAC, BAC, CIETAC, SCIA, SHIAC, KCAB, CAA, THIA, ADNNRC etc.

Associate Professor

Associate Dean

Director of Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law (RCCL)

Contact Information

Office: P5415 AC1
Phone: 34427355
Fax: 34420190
Email: leichen@cityu.edu.hk

Research Interests

  • Property Law, Contract Law, Dispute Resolution, Chinese and Comparative Law
Lei CHEN's research areas are property theory, contract law, comparative private law, dispute resolution (Mediation and Arbitration) and Chinese legal history. His writings on these subjects appear in international referred law journals, edited volumes of multidisciplinary scholarship, and legal monagraphs. He obtained two LLB degrees in Chinese law and Common law respectively, together with two postgraduate degrees in two mixed jurisdictions, namely, Scotland and South Africa. As a principal investigator, he obtained three General Research Funds (GRFs) from the Hong Kong Research Grant Committee. He sits on the editorial boards of peer-reviewed journals and book series published by OUP, Hart, Springer and Brill. Lei held visiting professor/ visiting scholar positions in KU Leuven, Emory Law School, Cornell Law School, Catholic University of Lyon, and IDC Herzliya, Israel.



陈磊博士现任香港城市大学法律学院副院长,副教授,博士生导师,中国法与比较法中心主任。他的研究领域是财产法(物权法),合同法,比较私法以及争端解决。 陈磊是国际比较法学院当选会员,美国比较法学会会员,欧洲法律研究院当选会员, 中国民法学研究会理事,中国比较法学研究会理事, 欧洲比较法制史协会理事。 他担任香港仲裁司学会的FELLOW,并在北京仲裁委, 香港国际仲裁中心,国际商会仲裁院,中国国际经济贸易仲裁委员会,深圳国际仲裁院,上海国仲,广州仲裁委,韩国商事仲裁委员会,泰国国际仲裁中心,吉隆坡亚洲国际仲裁中心,青岛,烟台,威海,佛山,珠海仲裁委等仲裁机构担任仲裁员。陈磊担任牛津大学出版社的 Chinese Journal of Comparative Law, Hart 出版社的 Comparative Legal History, Springer 出版社的 China-EU Law Journal 和 BRILL 出版社的 European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance 的编委会编辑。他也是BRILL出版社Chinese and comparative law series的创始主编。


Award and Achievement

  • 2011 “Elected Associate Member” International Academy of Comparative Law.
  • 2013 “Fellow” European Law Institute.
  • 2018 “Wenlan Professor 文澜讲座教授” Zhongnan University of Econimics and Law.


Research Grant

  • Cross-boder Data Transfer among Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, Microsoft Int. Policy Research Grant, Amount: HKD $360,000, 2018 - 2019, Principal Investigator: Lei Chen;.
  • Comprehensive Analysis of Diversity of Legal Systems in Asia-Pacific Region and Convergence towards Establishment of Rule of Law, Private University Research Branding Project, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science& Tech日本文部科學省, Amount: JPY $2,000,000, 2017 - 2018, Co-PI (Lei Chen); Prof. Nobuyuki Sato (PI) .
  • The Availability of Specific Performance in Chinese Courts: An Empirical Assessment, General Research Fund (GRF), Research Grant Committee (RGC), Hong Kong Government, Estimated Amount: HKD $450,000, Jan 2016 - Jul 2018, Lei CHEN (PI) .
  • Understanding Property Transitions: The Emergence of Rural Land Markets in China, General Research Fund (GRF), Research Grant Committee (RGC), Hong Kong Government, Amount: HKD $495,000, Jan 2015 - Jun 2017, Lei CHEN (PI) .
  • Assessing Property Relations and Formalizing Condominium Ownership in China , General Research Fund (GRF),, Research Grant Committee (RGC), Hong Kong government, Amount: HKD $499,000, 1 Nov 2012 - 1 Nov 2015, Lei CHEN (PI) .
  • Contract Law in China and Europe: A Comparative Approach, EU-China Research Grant, 2011 - 2014, Co-I Jan Smits (PI).


Publication Show All Publications Show Prominent Publications


Journal

  • Chen, Lei. & Wang, Hao. (2019). A Rule-taker or Rule-breaker of International Conventions: An Empirical Study of Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards in China (1998-2018). under review and forthcoming .
  • Chen, Lei. (2019). Assessing the Judicial Attitude Toward the Availability of Specific Performance in Chinese Courts: Evidence from an Empirical Survey. Chinese Journal of Comparative Law. 2019.
  • Chen, Lei. & Liu, Zhuang. (2019). Does the Jury Enhance Public Trust in the Judiciary. under review.
  • Chen, Lei. (2019). Looking at State-Society Relations in China through the Lens of Homeowners’ Association Movements. forthcoming.
  • Chen, Lei. & Wang, Jia. (2018 Dec 2018). Will Innovative Technology cause Innovative Legal Framework? Smart Contracts in China. European Review of Private Law. 26 (6).
  • Chen, Lei. (2018). Debating Personality Rights Protection in China: A Comparative Outlook. European Review of Private Law. 26 (1). 31 - 56.
  • Chen, Lei. & Fitzpatrick, Daniel. (2018). Understanding Property Transitions: Registration Systems for Rural Land Markets in China. (forthcoming).
  • Chen, Lei 陈磊. (2017). 超越边界:业主的权利限制之比较分析 (Beyond Boundary: A Comparative Analysis of Homeowner's Tradable Entitlements). 南京大学学报 (Journal of Nanjing University) CSSCI. 2017: 4.
  • Chen, Lei. & Sng, Gordon. (Oct 2014). Whither Adverse Possession in Hong Kong? A Comparative and Statistical Study. Conveyancer and Property Lawyer. 2014. 413 - 429.
  • Chen, Lei. (2014). Evolving Property Rights in China: Patterns and Dynamics of Condominium Governance. The Chinese Journal of Comparative Law (Oxford University Press). 2/1 (with M. Kielsgard). 21 - 42.
  • Chen, Lei. (2014). Land Registration, Property Rights, and Institutional Performance in China: Progress Achieved and Challenges Ahead. Hong Kong Law Journal. 44 (3). 841 - 864.
  • Chen, Lei. & Kielsgard, M. (2013). The Emergence of Private Property Law and its impacts on Human Rights. Asian-Pacific Law and Policy Journal. 15 (1). 94 - 134.
  • Chen, Lei. & Mostert, Hanri. (2011). The Dynamics of Constitutional Property Clauses in the Developing World: China and South Africa. Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law. 17 (4). 377 - 405.
  • Chen, lei. (Oct 2010). Pure Economic Loss: Common Law Perspectives (纯粹经济损失:普通法系的视角). Tsinghua Law Journal 清华法学. 2010. 106 - 117.
  • Chen, Lei. (2010). Private Property with Chinese Characteristics: A Critical Analysis of the Chinese Law on Property of 2007. European Review of Private Law. 18 (5). 983 - 1004.
  • Chen, Lei. (2010). The Developer’s Role in the Surging Chinese Condominium Housing: Through the Comparative Lens of the US System. Asia Pacific Law Review. 18 (2). 223 - 243.
  • Chen, Lei. (2010). The historical development of the Civil Law tradition in China: a private law perspective. The Legal History Review. 78. 159 - 181.
  • Chen, Lei. (2009). Reflections on the role of the managing agent in South African and Chinese condominium legislation. Journal of South African Law (TSAR) with C.G. van der Merwe. 2009. 22 - 38.
  • Chen, Lei. (2007). The New Chinese Property Code: A Giant Step Forward?. Electronic Journal of Comparative Law. 11 (2). 22 - 43.
  • Chen, lei. (2007). The Unavoidable Necessity of Formalizing Condominium Ownership in China: A Pilot Study. Asian Journal of Comparative Law (with H. Mostert). 2. 62 - 88.

Book

  • Chen, Lei. (2019). Property Law in China. Cambridge University Press.
  • Chen, Lei. & DiMatteo, Larry. (2017). Chinese Contract Law: Common Law and Civil Law Perspectives. Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press.
  • Howells, Geraint. , Twigg-Flesner, C. , Micklitz, H. & Chen, Lei. (2017). Comparative Consumer Sales Law. Routledge.
  • Chen, Lei. , Oliphant, Ken. & Zhang, Pinghua. (2017). The Legal Protection of Personality Rights in China and Europe. Brill.
  • Chen, Lei. & van Rhee, C.H. (2012). Toward a Chinese Civil Code: Comparative and Historical Perspectives. Leiden & Boston:  Brill Nijhoff.
  • Chen, Lei. (2010). The Making of Chinese Condominium Law. Cambridge and Antewerp:  Intersentia, 214 pp.

Book Chapter

  • Chen, Lei. (2019). The Norm of Property’s Social Function: A Chinese Perspective. Babie, Paul, Viven-Wilksch, Jessica (Eds.) Duguit and the Social Obligation Norm of Property A Translation and Global Exploration. Springer.
  • Wang, Jia. & Chen, Lei. (2019). How China Regulates Smart Contracts and Wires Online Platforms as Intermediaries. The Cambridge Handbook of Smart Contracts, Blockchain Technology and Digital Platforms. Cambridge University Press.
  • Chen, Lei. (2018). Codifying Personality Rights in China: Legislative Innovation or Scaremongering?”. Oliphant, Zhang, & Chen (eds) The Legal Protection of Personality Rights in China and Europe. Brill Publishers.
  • Chen, Lei. (2018). Changing Perceptions of Land Ownership in China: Between the Socialist Heritage and Liberal Market. Pip Nicholson (et al) Socialist Law in Socialist East Asia. Cambridge University Press.
  • Chen, Lei. & Howells, Geraint. (2017). Consumer Sales Law in Hong Kong. Howells Michlitz (et al) Comparative Consumer Sales Law. Palgrave.
  • Chen, Lei. (2017). Damages and Specific Performance in Chinese Contract Law. Larry DiMatteo & Lei Chen (eds), Chinese Contract Law: Perspectives. Cambridge University Press.
  • Chen, Lei. (2017). Relaxations to Contractual Privity and the Need for Third Party Rights in Chinese Contract Law. Mindy Chen-Wishart, Alex Loke & Stefan Vogenauer (eds) Formation of Contract and Third Party Beneficiaries: Studies in the Contract Laws of Asia. Oxford University Press.
  • Chen, Lei. (2016). Availability of Specific Remedies in Chinese Contract Law. Chen-Wishart, Loke, & Ong (eds)Studies in the Contract Laws of Asia Remedies for Breach of Contract. (pp. 21 - 40). Oxford. Oxford University Press.
  • Chen, Lei. (2016). The Changing Landscape of Condominium Laws and Urban Governance in China. Private Communities and Urban Governance: Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives. Springer.
  • Chen, Lei. (2014). The Legal and Institutional Analysis of Land Expropriation in China. Fu Hualing & John Gillespie (eds), Resolving Land Disputes in East Asia. (pp. 59 - 85). Cambridge. Cambridge University Press.
  • Chen, lei. (2013). Civil Justice Reform in Hong Kong. in C.H. van Rhee & Fu Yulin (eds), Litigation in China and Europe: Essays on the Role of Judges and Parties. (pp. 71 - 126). Springer.
  • Chen, Lei. (2012). 100 Years of the Chinese Property Law: Looking Back and Thinking forward. CHEN L, & RHEE C.H. van (eds). Towards A Chinese Civil Code. (pp. 87 - 108). Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (Brill).
  • Chen, lei. (2012). Contextualizing Legal Transplant: China and Hong Kong. P.G. Monateri (ed) Methods of Comparative Law. (pp. 192 - 212). Elgar Edward.
  • Chen, Lei. (2011). A Structural Analysis of Chinese Mortgage Law. H Mostert & M De Waal (eds) Essays in Honour of CG van der Merwe. (pp. 395 - 316). Lexisnexis.


External Services


Public Service

  • 5 Feb 2019 - 5 Mar 2019, Visiting Professor , Faculty of Law, KU Leuven .Belgium .
  • 22 Dec 2018 - 20 Jan 2019, Visiting Professor , IDC Herzliya.Israel.
  • 23 Nov 2018 - 30 May 2019, Visiting Professor , Richard Williamson Law School, University of Hawaii Monoa.United States.
  • 2016 - Now, Fellow, International Academy of Belt and Road.
  • 2012 - Now, Review examiner, PCLL Conversion exam board.Hong Kong.

Professional Activity

  • 2017 - 2019, Council Member, Chinese Comparative Law Society.
  • 2016 - 2019, Council Member, Chinese Civil Law Society.
  • 2014 - 2019, Fellow, Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators.

Community Service

  • 2013 - 2019, Fellow, Center for Chinese Law, University of Hong Kong.


Service in CityU


Research / Thesis Supervision

  • 2016 - Now, 2 research students, PhD supervisor .
  • 2014 - Now, 7 JSD students, JSD supervisors.


Editorial Board Membership

  • (1) Chinese Journal of Comparative Law (Oxford University Press)
    (2) European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance (Brill)
    (3) Comparative Legal History (Oxford Hart);
    (4) China-EU Law Journal (Springer)


Last update date : 11 Dec 2018