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Dr CHAN, Peter

PhD (Maastricht)
Solicitor, Hong Kong (non-practising); Solicitor, England & Wales (non-practising)
Accredited General Mediator (HKIAC)

Assistant Professor
Associate Programme Director, PCLL

Mr CHAN, Peter

Contact Information

Office: YEUNG-G5355
Phone: +(852)-3442-4156
Email: pchchan@cityu.edu.hk

Research Interests

  • Comparative Civil Procedure
  • Chinese Law
  • Law & Society
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Financial Regulation
  • Chinese Legal History

Peter C.H. CHAN is an Assistant Professor at the City University of Hong Kong Law School. His main research areas are comparative civil procedure, Chinese law, Chinese legal history, law and society, dispute resolution and financial regulation.  His work has appeared (or will appear) in the Hastings Law Journal, Legal History Review (Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis), Judicature, Revista Chilena de Derecho,Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law anda number of leading comparative civil procedure volumes.

Peter is a member of the International Association of Procedural Law, an Invited Fellow of the Maastricht European Private Law Institute, an Affiliated Member of the Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law (RCCL) at City University of Hong Kong, and a member of the Research School Ius Commune.  Peter was a Research Guest (April-May 2015) at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law and a Visiting Professor (in 2013) at the Law Faculty, Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University. 

Peter was the Programme Director of the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws programme (PCLL) in the 2015-2016 academic year.  He is currently the Associate Programme Director of PCLL and the course leader of “Financial Regulatory Practice”, a PCLL elective course.

Peter received his degrees of LLB, LLM and PCLL at the University of Hong Kong.  Prior to joining CityU, Peter worked at a leading international firm, specializing in commercial litigation and contentious financial regulatory practice.  Peter received his doctorate from Maastricht University.

Research Grant

  • Gender Inequality in Chinese Courts: the Case of Married-Out Women and Their Rural Land Rights, Early Career Scheme (ECS), Hong Kong Research Grant Council (RGC), Amount: HKD 458,000, Jan 2018 – Dec 2019, Peter C.H. Chan (PI).
  • Judicial Reform in Contemporary China: Proceduralist and Empirical Perspectives, Start-up Grant, City University of Hong Kong, HKD 189,995, 1 July 2018 - 31 Dec 2019, Peter C.H. Chan (PI).
  • The Role of the Judge and the Parties in Civil Litigation: Towards an Efficient Procedure under the Rule of Law in China and the EU, EU-China Research Grant, China-EU School of Law at the China University of Political Science and Law (CESL), Amount: EUR 63,000, 2011-2012, Peter C.H. Chan (Co-I) [Prof. dr. C.H. van Rhee (PI)].


SSRN page


  • Mediation in Contemporary Chinese Civil Justice: A Proceduralist Diachronic Perspective, Leiden & Boston: Brill Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2017.


  • ‘Do the “Haves” Come Out Ahead in Chinese Grassroots Courts? – Rural Land Disputes Between Married-Out Women and Village Collectives’, Hastings Law Journal (forthcoming, Vol 71). [SSCI/ SCOPUS]
  • ‘Framing the Structure of the Court System in the Perspective of Case Management’, Peking University Law Journal, (forthcoming, Vol 6(1)).
  • ‘LA BÚSQUEDA DE LA DEMOCRACIA EN HONG KONG: ¿UN CASO DE REALPOLITIK O UN CONFLICTO DE DOCTRINA CONSTITUCIONAL?’ [The Pursuit of Democracy in Hong Kong: A Case of Realpolitik or Conflict of Constitutional Jurisprudence?], Estudios Constitucionales, Vol. 16(2), 2018, p. 403-448. [with Viviana Ponce de León] [SCOPUS]
  • ‘Interim Relief: National Report for Hong Kong (China)’, Flinders Law Journal, Vol. 20(1), 2018, p. 125-145.  [with Ubaid-Ur Rehman]
  • ‘Civil Mediation in Imperial, Republican and Modern-day China: Historical and Cultural Norms under the Traditional Chinese Legal Order’, The Legal History Review (Tijdschrift voor Rechtsgeschiedenis), Vol. 85, 2017, p. 577-602. [SSCI/ SCOPUS]
  • ‘China’s Grand Mediation Strategy for Social Stability: A Study on Out-of-Court Mediation Procedures’, Revista de Processo Comparado, Vol. 6(3), Jul-Dec 2017, p. 81-111.
  • ‘A Distorted Mediation Landscape: Judicial Mediation in the Chinese Civil Courts’, Nederlands-vlaams Tijdschrift voor Mediation en Conflictmanagement (TMD) [Dutch-Flemish Journal for Mediation and Conflict Management], Vol. (20) 3, 2016, p. 6-18.
  • ‘An Uphill Battle: How China's Obsession with Social Stability is Blocking Judicial Reform’, Judicature, Vol. 100(3), 2016, p. 14-23. [SCOPUS]
  • ‘Three Years of Civil Justice Reform: Constructing a Cost-Effective and Efficient Civil Procedure in Hong Kong’, Acta Universitatis Lucian Blaga, No. 2, 2011, p. 181-202.
  • ‘The Enigma of Civil Justice in Imperial China: A Legal Historical Enquiry’, Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law, Vol. 19(2), 2012, p. 317-337.
  • ‘OPCIONES DE MEDIACIÓN PARA RESOLVER DISPUTAS COMERCIALES EN CHINA’ [Mediation Options for Resolving Commercial Disputes in China: A Guide for Foreign Enterprises], Revista Chilena de Derecho, 41(1), 2014, p. 153-170 (in Spanish). [SSCI/ SCOPUS]
    Also published in Tijdschrift voor Civiele Rechtspleging, No. 2, 2012, p. 49-56 (in English).

Book Chapter

  • ‘Efficiency and Truth in Civil Fact-finding: The Evolving Role of the Judge in Mainland China and Hong Kong and the Effect of the Policy Preference for Court Mediation on Fact-finding in the People's Courts’, in C.H. van Rhee & A. Uzelac (eds.), Truth and Efficiency in Civil Litigation: Fundamental Aspects of Fact-finding and Evidence-taking in a Comparative Context, Antwerp: Intersentia, 2012, p. 231-260.
  • ‘China: Hong Kong. Selective Adoption of the English Woolf Reforms’, in C.H. van Rhee & Y.L. Fu (eds.), Civil Litigation in China and Europe: Essays on the Role of the Judge and the Parties (Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice, Vol. 31), Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London, New York: Springer, 2014. [with David Chan and Lei Chen]
  • ‘Civil Justice with Multiple Objectives: the Unique Path of Hong Kong’s Civil Justice Reform’, in A. Uzelac (ed.), Goals of Civil Justice and Civil Procedure in Contemporary Judicial Systems (Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice, Vol. 34), Dordrecht, Heidelberg, London, New York: Springer, 2014. [with David Chan]
  • ‘Civil Appeals and Other Means of Recourse Against Judgments in China: A Critical Review of the Procedural Issues’, in C.H. van Rhee & A. Uzelac (eds.), Nobody’s Perfect: Comparative Essays on Appeals and other Means of Recourse against Judicial Decisions in Civil Matters, Antwerp: Intersentia, 2014, p. 161-210.
  • ‘Curbing Adversarial Excesses: An Evaluation of the Expert Evidence Regime in Hong Kong After the Civil Justice Reform (with a Focused Study on Personal Injury Litigation)’, in C.H. van Rhee & A. Uzelac (eds.), Evidence in Contemporary Civil Procedure: Fundamental Issues in a Comparative Perspective, Antwerp: Intersentia, 2015, p. 193-222. [with Ubaid-Ur Rehman]

Professional papers/ commissioned reports

  • ‘Dispute Resolution under the Belt and Road Initiative: Constructing an Effective Mediation Regime in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Bay Area’, Asian Dispute Review, July 2018, p. 125-130.
  • ‘Resolving Commercial Disputes with an International Element – Solutions from the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Croatia with Special emphasis on court mediation proceedings’, Croatian Arbitration Yearbook, Vol. 19, 2012, p. 209-238. [with Zvonimir Jelinić]
  • ‘Legal Representation for Arrestees at a Police Station: An Overview of the Legal Aid Schemes in Five Jurisdictions’, commissioned by the Interest Group on Scope of Legal Aid, Legal Aid Services Council, 2011.

Book reviews

  • Review of Hong Kong Administrative Law (by Swati Jhaveri, Michael Ramsden and Anne Scully-Hill) (Hong Kong: LexisNexis, 2010), City University of Hong Kong Law Review, Volume 2:1 (2010), pp. 210-212.
  • Review of Mediation: Principles and Regulation in Comparative Perspective (edited by Klaus J. Hopt and Felix Steffek) (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013), lx +1347 pp., ISBN 9780199653485, European Business Organization Law Review/ Volume 14 / Issue 04 / December 2013, p. 613-618
  • Review of Towards a Chinese Civil Code: Comparative and Historical Perspectives (edited by Lei Chen and C.H. (Remco) van Rhee) (Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2012) pp. xiii + 562, ISBN 978-9-004-20487-4, Comparative Legal History, Vol. 2, no. 1, 2014.

Conference proceedings

  • Presenter, ‘The Un-Common Constitutional Jurisprudence of the HKSAR: Developing Universal Suffrage with Chinese Characteristics’, 3rd Biennial HKU-NUS-SMU Law Symposium (Hong Kong, 15-16 November 2010). 
  • Presenter, ‘The Enigma of Civil Justice in Imperial China:  Mediatory Justice or Procedural Formalism?  - A Legal Historical Enquiry and A Comparative Perspective with Europe’, European Traditions: Integration or Disintegration, XVIIth Annual Forum of Young Legal Historians (Maastricht, 13-16 April 2011).
  • Presenter, ‘The Fact-finding Process and Civil Justice in China - The Role of the Judge in Fact-finding:  In Search of the Truth Without Undue Delay’, Truth and Efficiency In Civil Proceedings,Public and Private Justice 2011 Course and Conference, Inter University Centre Dubrovnik (Dubrovnik, 23-27 May 2011); repeated the presentation to students at the law faculty of the Federal University of Kazan (Tatarstan, Russian Federation)(13 and 15 February 2013).
  • Invited speaker, ‘Civil Justice in Imperial China: A legal historical perspective’, The New Trend of Dispute Resolution: the Chinese Experience in a Comparative Perspective, Peking University Law School/ Peking University Law Review (Beijing, 11-12 June 2011).
  • Invited speaker, ‘Mediation Options for Commercial Disputes in China’, at the Faculty of Law, Maastricht University (Maastricht, 14 September 2011).
  • Presenter, ‘Civil Appeals in China – Theory, Procedures and Reform’, Appeals and other Means of Recourse against Judgments in the Context of Effective Protection of Civil Rights and Obligations,Public and Private Justice 2012 Course and Conference, Inter University Centre Dubrovnik (Dubrovnik, 28 May - 1 June, 2012).
  • National Reporter (China: Hong Kong), Goals of Civil Justice (General Reporter: Prof. A. Uzelac), XIIIth World Congress of Procedural Law, International Association of Procedural Law (Moscow, September 2012).
  • National Reporter (Mainland China), ‘Chinese civil justice under siege: Procedural dangers of judicial mediation: A policy-driven judiciary and its impact on access to justice’, XIVth World Congress of Procedural Law, International Association of Procedural Law (Seoul, 1-4 October 2014).
  • National Reporter (China: Hong Kong)(co-reporter: Ubaid-Ur Rehman), ‘Interim relief: National Report - Hong Kong, China’, XVth World Congress of Procedural law, International Association of Procedural Law (Istanbul, forthcoming: 25-28 May 2015).
  • Keynote Speaker, International Conference on Enforcement of Civil Judgment: Sharing Experiences Towards Best Practices (Bangkok, 7-9 June 2017), invited by the Ministry of Justice of Thailand.
  • General Reporter (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan), ‘Framing the Structure of the Court System in the perspective of Case Management’, XVIIth World Congress of Procedural Law, International Association of Procedural Law (Tianjin: November 2017).

External Services

  • People’s Assessor (Hong Kong), Shenzhen Qianhai Cooperation Zone People’s Court
  • Member, Editorial Board, Hong Kong Lawyer (The Official Journal of the Hong Kong Law Society)
  • Member, International Editorial Council, Kazan University Law Review
  • Member, Standing Committee on Legal Education and Training, Sep 2015-Aug 2016.
  • Member, Sub-Committee on English Language Proficiency of the Standing Committee on Legal Education and Training, Sep 2011-present.
  • Member, PCLL Conversion Examination Board, Sep 2015-Aug 2016.
  • Volunteer, Stand Tall, May 2009 – present.
  • Examiner, Head III, Overseas Lawyers Qualification Examination, July 2014 – present.

Working Projects in Progress or under Review

  • Framing The Civil Court Structure From A Case Management Perspective: A Comparative Study of Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau and Beyond, Springer (work-in-progress) [Co-Editor: Prof. dr. C.H. (Remco) van Rhee]