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Dr. CHEN Lei (陳磊博士)

LLD (Stellenbosch) LLB (ECUPL)

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Office: P5415 AC1
Phone: 34427355
Fax: 34420190
Email: leichen@cityu.edu.hk

Research Interests

  • Property Law, Contract Law, Dispute Resolution, Chinese and Comparative Law
Lei CHEN's research areas focus on property law, contract law and dispute resolution from Chinese and comparative perspectives. He obtained two LLB degrees in Chinese law (ECUPL) and Common law (London) respectively, together with LLM and PhD degrees from two mixed jurisdictions (Scotland and South Africa). As a principal investigator, he obtained three General Research Funds (GRFs) from the Hong Kong Research Grant Committee and a number of other external research grants, such as ERASMUS+ and Japanese Governmental Grant.

Lei Chen is on the Law Panel of Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2020 run by Hong Kong Research Grant Committee. He has supervised 11 PhD/JSD students, 8 of whom are senior Chinese judges.

In his professional practice, Lei Chen is a seasoned Chinese law expert witness and international arbitrator listed in HKIAC, AIAC, BAC, CIETAC, SCIA, KCAB, DIAC, SHIAC, CAA, THIA, and ADNNRC.

Award and Achievement

  • 2019 “Global Visiting Professor” KU Leuven.
  • 2018 “Visiting Professor” IDC Herzliya.
  • 2013 “Visiting Scholar ” Columbia Law School.
  • 2019 “Visiting Professor” Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore.
  • 2014 “Fellow” Centre for Chinese Law, Hong Kong University.
  • 2019 “Eastern Scholar Professor ” East China University of Political Science and Law.
  • 2018 “Wenlan Visiting Professor ” Zhongnan University of Economics and Law.
  • 2019 “Editor ” Chinese Journal of Comparative Law Oxford University Press. Scopus Indexed.
  • 2013 “Editor ” Compartive Legal History (Hart) . SCOPUS indexed.
  • 2012 “Editor ” Chinese and Comparartive Law Book series (Brill). SCOPUS indexed.
  • 2011 “Elected Associate Member” International Academy of Comparative Law.
  • 2013 “Fellow” European Law Institute.
  • 2020 “Board Member” Commercial Laws of Asia book series . Singapore Management University and Singapore Academy of Law.
  • 2014 “Editor” EU-China Law Journal (Springer).
  • 2011 “Editor ” European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance (Brill) .
  • 2014 “Council Member” Chinese Civil Law Association.
  • 2018 “Council Member ” Chinese Comparative Law Association.

Research Grant

  • Cross-boder Data Transfer among Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, EXTERNAL CONTRACT-OUT RESEARCH PROJECT, Microsoft Int. Policy Research Grant, Amount: HKD $360,000, 2018 - 2019, Lei Chen (PI).
  • Comprehensive Analysis of Diversity of Legal Systems in Asia-Pacific Region and Convergence towards Establishment of Rule of Law, EXTERNAL CONTRACT OUT RESEARCH PROJECT, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science& Tech日本文部科學省, Amount: JPY $3,500,000, 2017 - 2019, Co-PI (Lei Chen); Prof. Nobuyuki Sato (PI) .
  • The Availability of Specific Performance in Chinese Courts: An Empirical Assessment, GENERAL RESEARCH FUND (GRF), Research Grant Committee (RGC), Hong Kong Government, Estimated Amount: HKD $450,000, Jan 2016 - Jul 2018, Lei CHEN (PI) .
  • Understanding Property Transitions: The Emergence of Rural Land Markets in China, GENERAL RESEARCH FUND (GRF), Research Grant Committee (RGC), Hong Kong Government, Amount: HKD $495,000, Jan 2015 - Jun 2017, Lei CHEN (PI) .
  • Assessing Property Relations and Formalizing Condominium Ownership in China (COMPLETED), GENERAL RESEARCH FUND (GRF), Research Grant Committee (RGC), Hong Kong government, Amount: HKD $499,000, 1 Nov 2012 - 1 Nov 2015, Lei CHEN (PI) .
  • Contract Law in China and Europe: A Comparative Approach, EU-China Research Grant, 2011 - 2014, Co-I Jan Smits (PI).

Publication Show All Publications Show Prominent Publications


  • Chen, Lei. & Liu, Zhuang. (2021). Does the Jury Enhance Public Trust in the Judiciary. forthcoming.
  • Tang, yingmao. , Chen, lei. & Liu, Zhuang. (2021). Judicial Cadres and Authoritarian Transparency: Centralized Judiciary and its Limits. under review by Journal of Contemporary China.
  • Chen, Lei. (2021). Looking at State-Society Relations in China through the Lens of Homeowners’ Association Movements. forthcoming.
  • Chen, Lei. & Wang, Hao. (2020). Authoritarian Judicial Control over Foreign Arbitral Award enforcement: An Empirical and Theoretical Inquiry. under review .
  • Chen, Lei. & Wang, Qiyu. (2020). Demystifying the Doctrine of Change of Circumstances under Chinese Law — A Comparative Perspective from Singapore and English Common Law. Journal of Business Law (forthcoming).
  • Chen, L. & Di Matteo, L. (2020). Inefficiency of Specific Performance as a Contractual Remedy in Chinese Courts: An Empirical and Normative Analysis. Northwestern Journal of International Law and Business. 40:3. 275 - 333.
  • Chen, Lei. (2019). Specific Performance as a Contractual Remedy in Chinese Courts: An Empirical Study. Chinese Journal of Comparative Law. 2019 7/1. 30 pages doi:SJR 2017 0.412 (Q2)
  • Chen, Lei. (2018). Debating Personality Rights Protection in China: A Comparative Outlook. European Review of Private Law. 26 (1). 31 - 56.
  • Chen, Lei. & Wang, Jia. (2018). Will Innovative Technology cause Innovative Legal Framework? Smart Contracts in China. European Review of Private Law. 26 (6).
  • Chen, Lei 陈磊. (2017). 超越边界:业主的权利限制之比较分析 (Beyond Boundary: A Comparative Analysis of Homeowner's Tradable Entitlements). 南京大学学报 (Journal of Nanjing University) CSSCI. 2017: 4.
  • Chen, Lei. & Sng, Gordon. (Oct 2014). Whither Adverse Possession in Hong Kong? A Comparative and Statistical Study. Conveyancer and Property Lawyer. 2014. 413 - 429.
  • Chen, Lei. (2014). Evolving Property Rights in China: Patterns and Dynamics of Condominium Governance. The Chinese Journal of Comparative Law (Oxford University Press). 2/1 (with M. Kielsgard). 21 - 42.
  • Chen, Lei. (2014). Land Registration, Property Rights, and Institutional Performance in China: Progress Achieved and Challenges Ahead. Hong Kong Law Journal. 44 (3). 841 - 864.
  • Chen, Lei. & Kielsgard, M. (2013). The Emergence of Private Property Law and its impacts on Human Rights. Asian-Pacific Law and Policy Journal. 15 (1). 94 - 134.
  • Chen, Lei. & Mostert, Hanri. (2011). The Dynamics of Constitutional Property Clauses in the Developing World: China and South Africa. Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law. 17 (4). 377 - 405.
  • Chen, lei. (Oct 2010). Pure Economic Loss: Common Law Perspectives (纯粹经济损失:普通法系的视角). Tsinghua Law Journal 清华法学. 2010. 106 - 117.
  • Chen, Lei. (2010). Private Property with Chinese Characteristics: A Critical Analysis of the Chinese Law on Property of 2007. European Review of Private Law. 18 (5). 983 - 1004.
  • Chen, Lei. (2010). The Developer’s Role in the Surging Chinese Condominium Housing: Through the Comparative Lens of the US System. Asia Pacific Law Review. 18 (2). 223 - 243.
  • Chen, Lei. (2010). The historical development of the Civil Law tradition in China: a private law perspective. The Legal History Review. 78. 159 - 181.
  • Chen, Lei. (2009). Reflections on the role of the managing agent in South African and Chinese condominium legislation. Journal of South African Law (TSAR) with C.G. van der Merwe. 2009. 22 - 38.
  • Chen, Lei. (2007). The New Chinese Property Code: A Giant Step Forward?. Electronic Journal of Comparative Law. 11 (2). 22 - 43.
  • Chen, lei. (2007). The Unavoidable Necessity of Formalizing Condominium Ownership in China: A Pilot Study. Asian Journal of Comparative Law (with H. Mostert). 2. 62 - 88.


  • Chen, Lei. (2021). Property Law in China (in progress). Cambridge University Press.
  • Chen, Lei. & Jassen, Andre. (2020). (eds) Dispute Resolution in China, Europe and World. Springer. doi:https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030429737
  • Chen, Lei. & DiMatteo, Larry. (2018). (Eds) Chinese Contract Law: Common Law and Civil Law Perspectives. Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press.
  • Howells, Geraint. , Twigg-Flesner, C. , Micklitz, H. & Chen, Lei. (2017). (Eds) Comparative Consumer Sales Law. Routledge.
  • Chen, Lei. , Oliphant, Ken. & Zhang, Pinghua. (2017). (Eds) The Legal Protection of Personality Rights in China and Europe. Brill.
  • Chen, Lei. & van Rhee, C.H. (2012). (Eds) Toward a Chinese Civil Code: Comparative and Historical Perspectives. Leiden & Boston:  Brill Nijhoff.
  • Chen, Lei. (2010). The Making of Chinese Condominium Law. Cambridge and Antewerp:  Intersentia, 214 pp.

Book Chapter

  • Chen, Lei. & Wang, Hao. (Sep 2020). Judicial Control over Arbitral Awards in Mainland China. The Cambridge Handbook of Judicial Control of Arbitral Awards. (pp. chapter 14 Cambridge University Press. 9781316998250.
  • Trakman, Leon. , Liu, Q. & Chen, L. (Jul 2020). Investor-State Arbitration in China : A Comparative Perspective. Lei Chen & Andre Jassen (Eds) Dispute Resolution in China, Europe and World.
  • Chen, Lei. (2019). The Norm of Property’s Social Function: A Chinese Perspective. Babie, Paul, Viven-Wilksch, Jessica (Eds.) Duguit and the Social Obligation Norm of Property. Springer.
  • Wang, Jia. & Chen, Lei. (2019). How China Regulates Smart Contracts and Wires Online Platforms as Intermediaries. The Cambridge Handbook of Smart Contracts, Blockchain Technology and Digital Platforms. Cambridge University Press.
  • Chen, Lei. (2018). Codifying Personality Rights in China: Legislative Innovation or Scaremongering?”. Oliphant, Zhang, & Chen (eds) The Legal Protection of Personality Rights in China and Europe. Brill Publishers.
  • Chen, Lei. (2018). Changing Perceptions of Land Ownership in China: Between the Socialist Heritage and Liberal Market. Pip Nicholson (et al) Socialist Law in Socialist East Asia. Cambridge University Press.
  • Chen, Lei. & Howells, Geraint. (2017). Consumer Sales Law in Hong Kong. Howells Michlitz (et al) Comparative Consumer Sales Law. Palgrave.
  • Chen, Lei. (2017). Damages and Specific Performance in Chinese Contract Law. Larry DiMatteo & Lei Chen (eds), Chinese Contract Law: Perspectives. Cambridge University Press.
  • Chen, Lei. (2017). Relaxations to Contractual Privity and the Need for Third Party Rights in Chinese Contract Law. Mindy Chen-Wishart, Alex Loke & Stefan Vogenauer (eds) Formation of Contract and Third Party Beneficiaries: Studies in the Contract Laws of Asia. Oxford University Press.
  • Chen, Lei. (2016). Availability of Specific Remedies in Chinese Contract Law. Chen-Wishart, Loke, & Ong (eds)Studies in the Contract Laws of Asia Remedies for Breach of Contract. (pp. 21 - 40). Oxford. Oxford University Press.
  • Chen, Lei. (2016). The Changing Landscape of Condominium Laws and Urban Governance in China. Private Communities and Urban Governance: Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives. Springer.
  • Chen, Lei. (2014). The Legal and Institutional Analysis of Land Expropriation in China. Fu Hualing & John Gillespie (eds), Resolving Land Disputes in East Asia. (pp. 59 - 85). Cambridge. Cambridge University Press.
  • Chen, lei. (2013). Civil Justice Reform in Hong Kong. in C.H. van Rhee & Fu Yulin (eds), Litigation in China and Europe: Essays on the Role of Judges and Parties. (pp. 71 - 126). Springer.
  • Chen, Lei. (2012). 100 Years of the Chinese Property Law: Looking Back and Thinking forward. CHEN L, & RHEE C.H. van (eds). Towards A Chinese Civil Code. (pp. 87 - 108). Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (Brill).
  • Chen, lei. (2012). Contextualizing Legal Transplant: China and Hong Kong. P.G. Monateri (ed) Methods of Comparative Law. (pp. 192 - 212). Elgar Edward.
  • Chen, Lei. (2011). A Structural Analysis of Chinese Mortgage Law. H Mostert & M De Waal (eds) Essays in Honour of CG van der Merwe. (pp. 395 - 316). Lexisnexis.

Last update date : 11 Apr 2020