Jingchen Zhao

Jingchen Zhao

Professor

Nottingham Law School

Staff Group(s)
Professional Division

Role

Jingchen is a Professor of Law and Co-director of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law at Nottingham Law School. He is the Athena Swan Champion and Grant Champion for the Law School.

He supervises PhD students working on projects in corporate law, corporate social responsibility and corporate governance.

He teaches in the areas of corporate law, international commercial transactions, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and securities regulation at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Career overview

Jingchen holds a doctorate from the University of Manchester. He has taught at several UK universities, most recently at the 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, modern slavery and supply chain management. Much of his current research concentrates on filling 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, shareholder litigation, regulating corporate social responsibility and extraterritorial attempts at addressing sustainability challenges.

He has published a number of articles in high quality journals including Legal Studies, the Hong Kong Law Journal, the Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business, the Journal of Corporate Law Studies, the European Business Organization Law Review, the Journal of Business Law, the Hasting Business Law Journal, the Catholic University Law Review,the  Brooklyn Journal of Corporate, Financial and Commercial Law, and the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly. He is the author of Corporate Social Responsibility in Contemporary China (Edward Elgar 2014) in the ‘Globalisation, Corporation and the Law’ series.

Jingchen’s research has been supported by research grants from the ESRC, the Social Science Foundation of China and the 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 School and Westminster Law School. He has acted as external examiner for the University of Manchester, the University of British Colombia, King’s College London, Newcastle University and Deakin University at doctorate level.

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 Zhihui Li, Emory University, USA

Dr John Tribe, University of Liverpool

Publications

  • Zhao, J., Corporate Social Responsibility in Contemporary China (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar 2014) ISSN 978178100 5576
  • Zhao, J., ‘Extraterritorial Attempts at Addressing Challenges to Corporate Sustainability’ in B. Sjåfjell & C. Bruner (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and Sustainability. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2019).
  • 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, 687-738 (with Wen, S.) ISSN 0378-0600
  • 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, ISSN: 976-3-319-69127-5
  • 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.) ISSN: 1566-7529
  • 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.) ISSN: 0196-3228
  • Zhao, J., ‘Promoting More Socially Responsible Corporations through a Corporate Law Regulatory Framework’ (2017), Legal Studies 37, 103–136 ISSN: 1748-121X
  • 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.) ISSN 1934-2497
  • Zhao, J., ‘Ascertaining the Notion of Board Accountability in Chinese Listed Companies’ (2016), Hong Kong Law Journal 46, 671–709 (with Keay, A.) ISSN 0378-0600
  • 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 ISSN 1546-6981
  • Zhao, J., ‘Enhancing Transparency through Company Law Reform in China’ (2015), Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 66, 43–69 ISSN 0029-3105
  • Zhao, J., ‘The Curious Case of Stakeholder Theory: Calling for a More Realistic Theory’, (2014), International Trade and Business Law Review 17, 1–42 ISSN 1836-8573
  • Zhao, J., ‘Improving the Disadvantaged Position of Unsecured Creditors through Law and Corporate Social Responsibility’ (2013) Journal of Business Law,868–899 (with Wen, S.) ISSN 0021-9460
  • 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 ISSN 0029-3105
  • 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.) ISSN 0144-1027
  • 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 ISSN 1473-5970
  • This article has been reproduced as Zhao, J., ‘The Harmonious Society, Corporate Social Responsibility and Legal Responses to Ethical Norms in Chinese Company Law’ in J. McEldowney & S. McEldowney (eds) Environmental Regulation (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar 2014) ISBN 978 0 857938206, Chapter 30.
  • 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 ISSN 1836-6573
  • Zhao, J., ‘Modernising Corporate Objective Debate towards a Hybrid Model’ (2011), Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 62, 361–390 ISSN 0029-3105
  • Zhao, J., ‘Promoting More Socially Responsible Corporations through UK Company Law after the 2008 Financial Crisis: Turning of the Crisis Compass’ (2011), International Company and Commercial Law Review 22, 275–284 ISSN 0958-5214
  • Zhao, J., ‘The Regulation and Steering of Corporate Social Responsibility in China: Stories after the Enforcement of Chinese Company Law 2006’ (2011), International Company and Commercial Law Review 22, 400–407 ISSN 0958-5214
  • Zhao, J., ‘Exploring the Rationale of Enlightened Shareholder Value (ESV) in the Realm of UK Company Law – The Path Dependence Perspective’ (2011), International Trade and Business Law Review 14, 153–174 (with Wen, S.) ISSN 0958–5214
  • Zhao, J., ‘Promoting Stakeholders’ Interests in the Unique Chinese Corporate Governance Model: More Socially Responsible Corporations?’ (2010), International Company and Commercial Law Review 373–385 (with Wen, S.) ISSN 0958-5214
  • Zhao, J., ‘Corporate Social Responsibility in an Insolvent Environment: Directors’ Continuing Obligations in English Law?’ (2010), International Company and Commercial Law Review 7, 305–315 (with Tribe, J.) ISSN 0958-5214
  • Zhao, J., ‘Revisiting the Scope of a Scheme of Arrangement – Insights Derived from Lehman’ (2010) Bankers’ Law 3, 20–27 (with Wen, S.) ISSN 1748-3662

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Press expertise

Corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, corporate law, company law, Chinese law, modern slavery, corporate extraterritorial responsibility, the Chinese economy