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Dr. WANG, Shucheng Peter

PhD in Sino-US Fulbright PhD Dissertation Research Program (Renmin & Emory), MSt (Oxford), MPhil & LLB (ZUEL)

Associate Professor

Dr. WANG, Shucheng Peter

Contact Information

Office: LI-6203
Phone: +(852)-3442-7388

Research Interests

  • Constitutional Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Legal Theory  
  • Chinese Law & Comparative Law
  • International Law
  • Law, Religion and Politics in China

Shucheng (Peter) Wang teaches in the JD, LLM and LLB programmes at the School of Law, City University of Hong Kong (CityU). He has authored three books and over fifty journal articles (published and forthcoming) in reputable international journals across various jurisdictions, including Human Rights Quarterly (US), Modern China (US), University of Pennsylvania Asian Law Review (US), Emory International Law Review (US), Statute Law Review (UK), Public Law Review (Australia), Hong Kong Law Journal (Hong Kong), and Journal of East Asia and International Law (South Korea), along with a number of prestigious Chinese law journals such as the Chinese Journal of Law [法学研究]. In addition, he has been awarded three research grants by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council in support of his interdisciplinary research in the field of Chinese law and society.

Prior to joining CityU, Wang began his academic career at the Peking University School of Government in 2009 after completing his PhD through the Fulbright Chinese PhD Dissertation Research Program at Renmin University in Beijing and Emory University in the US (US supervisor: Michael J. Perry). His dissertation, entitled ‘Presumption of Constitutionality’, investigates the relationship between the legislature and judiciary in the process of constitutional review from a comparative perspective. It was awarded the ‘National Outstanding PhD Dissertation Prize’ (Wang was the only recipient of this award in the field of law nationwide in 2011). In addition, he holds a Master of International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford, where he was both a Clarendon Scholar and the first graduate of the programme from Greater China.

In addition, Wang was appointed externally as the Chutian Scholar Professor of Law at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in 2015, and has held various visiting appointments at Harvard Law School (US), SUNY Albany (US), NUS (Singapore), SNU (South Korea), Academia Sinica (Taiwan), Waseda (Japan), etc. Beyond his academic performance, he also specialises in Chinese calligraphy and has received many national calligraphy awards, particularly during his time as a law undergraduate. He held his own Chinese calligraphy exhibition in Wuhan City in 2003.


Select Publications

  1. “Judicial Review of the Legislative Process in Hong Kong: A Comparative Perspective,” Statute Law Review, 2020, forthcoming. [Academia Access]
    • Highlighted on Legal Theory Blog by Lawrence B. Solum (University of Virginia School of Law) on 3 September 2020.
  2. “The Judicial Document as Informal State Law: Judicial Lawmaking in China’s Courts,” Modern China, 2020, forthcoming. [Academia Access
    • Highlighted on Legal Theory Blog by Lawrence B. Solum (University of Virginia School of Law) on 27 May 2020.
  3. “Hong Kong’s Civil Disobedience under China’s Authoritarianism,” Emory International Law Review, Vol. 35, 2020, forthcoming. [Academia Access]
  4. “Guiding Cases and Bureaucratization of Judicial Precedents in China,” University of Pennsylvania Asian Law Review, Vol. 14, No. 4, 2019, pp. 96–134 (lead article). [Academia Access]
    • Cited by Steven Chong, a Supreme Court of Singapore Judge of Appeal, in his speech at the 3rd Singapore-China Legal and Judicial Roundtable 2019 on 28 August 2019.
  5. “Guiding Cases as a Form of Statutory Interpretation,” Hong Kong Law Journal, Vol. 48, No. 3, 2018, pp. 1067-1096. [Academia Access]
  6. “Tripartite Freedom of Religion in China: An Illiberal Perspective,” Human Rights Quarterly, Vol. 39, No. 4, 2017, pp. 783–810 (lead article). [Academia Access]
    • Translated into Chinese by Dr Wu Yuanlin and published in Journal of Research for Christianity in China [中国基督教研究], No. 12, 2019, pp. 166–188.
  7. “Judicial Approach to Human Rights in Transitional China,” in Zhao Yun and Michael Ng (eds.), Chinese Legal Reform and the Global Legal Order: Adoption and Adaptation, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017, pp. 63–80. [Academia Access]
  8. “Brexit’s Challenge to Globalization and Implications for Asia: A Chinese Perspective,” Journal of East Asia and International Law, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2017, pp. 47–64. [Academia Access]
    • Translated into Chinese by Yang Xinyi and published in Liu Yanhong (ed.), Southeast Law Review [东南法学], Vol. 12, No. 2, 2017, Nanjing: Southeast University Press, pp. 108–121.
  9. “Boundaries of the Investigative Power of the Legislative Council under an Executive-Led Government in Hong Kong,” Statute Law Review, Vol. 38, No. 2, 2017, pp. 182-195. [Academia Access]
  10. “Reconciling Hong Kong’s Final Authority on Judicial Review with the Central Authorities in China: A Perspective from ‘One Country, Two Systems’,” Public Law Review, Vol. 27, No. 3, 2016, pp. 218-231. [Academia Access]
    • Translated into Chinese by Dr. Wang Liwan and published in Zhu Guobin (ed.), The Study of Political Structure of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region [香港特區政治體制研究], Hong Kong: City University of Hong Kong Press, 2017, pp. 243-266.
  11.  “Emergence of a Dual Constitution in Transitional China,” Hong Kong Law Journal, Vol. 45, No. 3, 2015, pp. 819–850. [Academia Access]
    • Translated into Chinese by Dr Xia Yinye and published in China Law Review [中国法律评论], Vol. 11, No. 3, 2016, pp. 89–105.
    • Reprinted with a Spanish introduction in Piélagus Journal (a political science journal in Colombia), Vol. 15, 2016, pp. 155–177.
  12. “Parliamentary Scrutiny over Subsidiary Legislation under an Executive-led Government in Hong Kong,” Statute Law Review, Vol. 36, No. 1, 2015, pp. 111-122 (lead article). [Academia Access]
  13.  “Constitutional Avoidance Doctrine Revisited,” Chinese Journal of Law [法学研究], Vol. 212, No. 5, 2012, pp. 20–38 (lead article, in Chinese). [Academia Access]
  14. “Constitutional Republic at the Beginning of the Republic of China,” Chinese Journal of Law [法学研究], Vol. 196, No. 5, 2011, pp. 164-180 (in Chinese). [Academia Access]
    • Reprinted in Mo Jihong and Zhai Guoqiang (eds.) Constitutional Studies [宪法研究], Vol. 13, Beijing: Social Science Academic Press, 2012, pp. 239-267.
  15.  “Justification of Presumption of Constitutionality,” Chinese Journal of Law [法学研究], Vol. 187, No. 2, 2010, pp. 23–35 (in Chinese). [Academia Access]