School of Law      Hong Kong Centre for Maritime and Transportation Law


Centre Director

Professor Alexander F H Loke
Phone: +(852) 3442 8175
Prof Alexander Loke’s research interest lies in international corporate finance, securities regulation and contract law generally.   Prior to his relocation to Hong Kong in January 2015, he was Deputy Director of the NUS Centre for Banking & Finance Law and was responsible for starting up the Researcher Program which aims to stimulate research on banking and finance law issues concerning the Asian and the global financial systems. Loke was also the founding chief editor of the Asian Journal of Comparative Law.  Loke publishes widely and is regularly cited in judicial decisions and in the academic literature. He is a co-editor of Studies in the Contract Laws of Asia Vol 1: Remedies for Breach of Contract (2016) and Vol. 2: Formation and Third Party Beneficiaries (2018) and contributed the chapters on “Directors’ Duties and Liabilities” and “Directors and Other Corporate Officers” in Walter Woon on Company Law, Rev 3rd Ed (2009) and 3rd Ed (2005). Other representative publications include: “Excusable Consent in Duress” (2017) 37 Legal Studies 418, “Rethinking the transplantation of TSC Industries v Northway in Singapore” (2013) 28 Aus J Corp Law 253, “Mounting Hurdles in Securities Litigation – Addressing the Funding and Collective Action Issues” (2010) 22 Sing Acad LJ 660 and "From the Fiduciary Theory to Information Abuse: The Changing Fabric of Insider Trading Law in the U.K., Australia and Singapore" 54 Am J Comp L 123 (2006).


Professor Kelvin Low
Phone: +(852) 3442 4662

Kelvin F K Low is Professor of Law at City University of Hong Kong. Prior to this, he held appointments at National University of Singapore, the University of Hong Kong, and Singapore Management University. Kelvin’s research interest spans the field of private law but with a particular interest in property, broadly defined. He is the co-author, together with Michael Bridge, Louise Gullifer, and Gerard McMeel of the second edition of The Law of Personal Property, the leading Commonwealth textbook on personal property, and the co-author, together with Tang Hang Wu of the third edition of the leading land law textbook in Singapore, Tan Sook Yee's Principles of Singapore Land Law. He has published internationally with leading journals such as the Law Quarterly Review, the Modern Law ReviewLloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly and Legal Studies. His works have been cited by all levels of the Singapore Courts, the English High Court, the Malaysian Federal Court, the English, Scottish, New Zealand and Australian Law Commissions, as well as the Irish Sales Law Review Group. He has also been cited in leading texts such as Chitty on ContractsBenjamin’s Sale of Goods and Goode on Commercial Law. He is on the editorial board of Trust Law International and is the co-section editor for Singapore and Hong Kong for the Property Law Review.

Professor Michael Tsimplis
Phone: +(852) 3442 9133

Michael (Mikis) Tsimplis is Professor of Law at City University of Hong Kong. Prior to this, he has been a Professor in Maritime Law and Oceanography at the University of Southampton, UK. Where he has been working since 1995.   Mikis’s research interests are in maritime and environmental law and the policies underpinning them. Mikis has also worked extensively in interdisciplinary research project looking at maritime autonomy and the use of technology for optimizing sea transport.  Mikis has also research interest in oceanography and sea level science. He has published extensively in both fields. His google scholar profile can be found at

Dr John Ho
Phone: +(852) 3442 7671

Since obtaining his PhD in Law from the University of Dundee, UK, in 2009, John Ho began his academic career as an Assistant Professor in Law at the City University of Hong Kong where he served for three years until 2012. After that, he became a Lecturer in Law at the University of Surrey, UK, for a year. John joined Newcastle Law School in December 2013 as a Senior Lecturer.  He returned to City University of Hong Kong in August 2015 as Associate Professor.

John specializes in the area of corporate/financial law and has published extensively at top law journals based in the UK and Commonwealth such as Journal of Corporate Law Studies, Common Law World Review and King’s Law Journal.

Dr He Tianxiang
Phone: +(852) 3442 7384

Tianxiang He (China P. R. 1984) is Assistant Professor at the School of Law, City University of Hong Kong. Dr. He holds an LL.B. degree (Huaqiao University, China, 2007) and a Master degree in International Law (Jinan University, China, 2009). Dr. He received his degree of Ph.D. in IP law at Maastricht University (the Netherlands, 2016), where he was Researcher at the Department of International and European Law, and Ph.D. Fellow at Institute for Globalization and International Regulation (IGIR), and another Ph.D. degree in Criminal Law at Renmin University of China (2017).

From August 2012 to July 2013, Dr. He worked in the Research Center of for the Legal Systems of Intellectual Property of Waseda University as a visiting researcher. In Europe, the Ius Commune Research School conferred to him an Honorable Mention in the Ius Commune Prize 2014.

As of 1st August 2016, Dr. He is working as Assistant Professor in School of Law, City University of Hong Kong. Dr. He is also acting as an External Fellow in IGIR, Maastricht University. His research interest lies in international and comparative intellectual property law.

Dr. He is the author of Copyright and Fan Productivity in China: A Cross-jurisdictional Perspective. Other representative publications include: “Control or Promote? China’s Cultural Censorship System and Its Influence on Copyright Protection,” 7 Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property no.1, 74-98 (2017); “Fansubs and Market Access of Foreign Audiovisual Products in China: The Copyright Predicament and the Use of No Action Policy,” 16 Oregon Review of International Law 307 (2014); and “What Can We Learn from Japanese Anime Industries? The Differences Between the Domestic and Oversea Copyright Protection Strategies towards Fan Activities,” 62 American Journal of Comparative Law 1009 (2014)

Dr Zhao Liang
Phone: +(852) 3442 8216

Dr Zhao is an Assistant Professor of School of Law at City University of Hong Kong. He obtained LLB at Dalian Maritime University, LLM at University of Southampton and PhD at The University of Hong Kong. He was a Visiting Scholar of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law in 2008, an Academic Visitor of the City Law School of City University London in 2014 and a Senior Research Fellow of the Maritime Law Centre of the Faculty of Law of National University of Singapore in 2016. His research interests lie in maritime law, insurance law, international trade law and arbitration law. He has published academic papers in reputable periodicals, including Journal of Business Law, Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, Journal of International Maritime Law, Tulane Maritime Law Journal, Arbitration International, Hong Kong Law Journal, Tsinghua China Law Review and Chinese Journal of Maritime Law. He has written a chapter of ship finance for “Maritime Law and Practice in Hong Kong” published by Sweet & Maxwell Asia in 2015 and a book entitled “Maritime Law and Practice in China” published by Informa law from Routledge in 2017. He is a member of Hong Kong Maritime Law Association, Hong Kong Insurance Law Association and China Maritime Law Association.


Associate Fellows

Dr Carrie Ding
Phone: +(852) 3442 7678

Dr. Ding Chunyan obtained LLB and LLM at Peking University, LLM at University College London and PhD at University of Hong Kong. She became qualified PRC lawyer in 2000. Before joining the Law School in 2010, Dr. Ding was a Fulbright research fellow at Harvard Law School, where she conducted research on comparative health law and tort law during 2008-09. Her primary areas of research are medical law, tort law and comparative civil law.

Dr Lin Yu-Hsin
Phone: +(852) 3442 7672

Dr. Lin’s research interests focus on empirical and economic analysis of corporate law and capital markets regulation. She has published with leading academic journals, including International Review of Law and Economics, Columbia Business Law Review, and New York University Journal of Law & Business. Dr. Lin holds a J.S.D. degree from Stanford Law School, where she was appointed as the John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics. She had also been a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School and a visiting professor at Radzyner Law School in IDC Herzliya, Israel. Prior to joining City University of Hong Kong, She taught at National Chengchi University in Taiwan and has engaged in consulting projects for Taiwan Stock Exchange and the Securities and Futures Investors Protection Center. Before her academic career, she was a practicing lawyer specializing in international business and capital market transactions.