Jingchen Zhao

Jingchen Zhao


Nottingham Law School

Staff Group(s)
Professional Division


Jingchen is a professor of Law at Nottingham Law School, supervising PhD students working on projects in corporate law, corporate social responsibility and corporate governance.

He teaches in the areas of corporate law, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, securities regulation and Chinese law.

Career overview

Jingchen holds a doctorate from the University of Manchester. He has taught at several UK universities most recently at University of Leeds, where he specialised in corporate social responsibility, corporate law and corporate governance. He joined Nottingham Law School in May 2018.

Research areas

Jingchen’s research specialism is within corporate law, corporate social responsibility and corporate governance, and he also contributes to research in the areas of insolvency law, Chinese law and financial law.

His research specialism extends from general aspects of business law to interdisciplinary areas such as law and finance. Much of his current research filled the gap in research on the legal aspects of corporate social responsibility, law and finance, law and development, shareholders’ rights and corporate governance. His most recent research has focused on board accountability in corporate governance, corporate governance in emerging market, shareholder litigation, regulating corporate social responsibility and extraterritorial attempts at addressing sustainability challenges.

He published a number of articles in high quality journals including Legal Studies, Hong Kong Law Journal, Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business, Journal of Corporate Law Studies, European Business Organization Law Review, Journal of Business Law, Texas International Law Review, Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial & Commercial Law and Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly. His monograph ‘Corporate Social Responsibility in Contemporary China’ was published by Edward Elgar in the ‘Globalisation, Corporation and the Law’ series.

Jinchen’s research has been supported by research grants from the ESRC, Social Science Foundation of China and Natural Science Foundation of China. He is currently involved in a three-year project funded jointly by the ESRC Newton Fund and the Natural Science Foundation of China entitled ‘Boosting Growth through Strengthening Investor and Creditor Protection in China: How China can learn from the UK Experience.’

External activity

Jingchen is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He acts as the external examiner for Aston Law and Westminster Law School.

Sponsors and collaborators

Professor Andrew Keay, University of Leeds

Professor Gerard McCormack, University of Leeds

Professor Shuangge Wen, Jilin University, China

Dr Chuyi Wei, University of Leeds

Dr John Tribe, University of Liverpool


  • Zhao, J., Corporate Social Responsibility in Contemporary China (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar 2014) ISSN 978178100 5576
  • Zhao, J., ‘The Eligibility of Claimants to Commence Derivative Litigation on Behalf of China’s Joint Stock Limited Companies’ (2018), Hong Kong Law Journal 48 (with Wen, S.) forthcoming
  • Zhao, J., ‘Make or Buy – A New Look of Derivative Action Costs in the US, UK, Japan and Proposals for a More Enabling Environment for Chinese Law’ (2018), Texas International Law Journal 54  forthcoming
  • Zhao, J., ‘Regulation of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Lens of Board Accountability and the Case of China’ in J. du Plessis, J. Veldman & U.Varottil (eds) Globalisation of Corporate Social Responsibility and its Impacts on Corporate Governance (Springer 2018) 121-156
  • Zhao, J., ‘Contextualizing Legal Norms – A Multi-Dimensional View of the 2014 Legal Capital Reform in China’ (2018), European Business Organisation Law Review 19, 93–140 (with Wen, S.)
  • Zhao, J, ‘Transforming Corporate Governance in Chinese Corporations: A Journey Not A Destination’ (2018), Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business 38, 187–232 (with Keay, A.)
  • Zhao, J., ‘Promoting More Socially Responsible Corporations through a Corporate Law Regulatory Framework’ (2017), Legal Studies 37, 103–136
  • Zhao, J, ‘Accountability in Corporate Governance in China and the Impact of Guanxi as a Double-Edged Sword’ (2017), Brooklyn Journal of Corporate Financial and Commercial Law 11, 375 –412 (with Keay, A.)
  • Zhao, J., ‘Ascertaining the Notion of Board Accountability in Chinese Listed Companies’ (2016), Hong Kong Law Journal 46, 671–709 (with Keay, A.)
  • Zhao, J., ‘Promoting a More Efficient Corporate Governance Model in Emerging Markets through Corporate Law’ (2016), Washington University Global Studies Law Review 15, 447–494
  • Zhao, J., ‘Enhancing Transparency through Company Law Reform in China’ (2015), Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 66, 43–69
  • Zhao, J., ‘The Curious Case of Stakeholder Theory: Calling for a More Realistic Theory’, (2014), International Trade and Business Law Review 17, 1–42
  • Zhao, J., ‘Improving the Disadvantaged Position of Unsecured Creditors through Law and Corporate Social Responsibility’, [2014] Journal of Business Law, 868–899 (with Wen, S.)
  • Zhao, J., ‘A More Efficient Derivative Action System in China: Challenges and Opportunities through Corporate Governance Theory’ (2013), Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 64, 233–255
  • Zhao, J., ‘Gift Giving, Guanxi and Confucianism in a Harmonious Society: What Chinese Law could Learn from English Law on Aspects of Directors’ Duties’ (2013), Company Lawyer, 381–389 (with Wen, S.)
  • Zhao, J., ‘The Harmonious Society, Corporate Social Responsibility and Legal Responses to Ethical Norms in Chinese Company Law’ (2012), Journal of Corporate Law Studies 12, 163–200
  • Zhao, J., ‘The Curious Case of Shareholder Primacy Norm: Calling for a More Realistic Theory’ (2012), International Trade and Business Law Review 15, 1–25
  • Zhao, J., ‘Modernising Corporate Objective Debate towards a Hybrid Model’ (2011), Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 62, 361–390

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