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WANG, Shucheng Peter
Professor WANG Shucheng Peter
PhD (Fulbright Chinese PhD Dissertation Research Program (Renmin & Emory))
MSt (Oxford)
MPhil and LLB (ZUEL)
Position Tag
Associate Professor

Contact Information

Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building – 6203
(852) 3442 7388

Research Interests

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

Shucheng (Peter) Wang has authored four books – including, most recently, Law as an Instrument: Sources of Chinese Law for Authoritarian Legality (Cambridge University Press, 2022) – and over fifty articles published in journals including Human Rights Quarterly (US), Modern China (US), Politics Religion & Ideology (UK), among others. His research has been cited by the Justice of the Court of Appeal in the Supreme Court of Singapore, among others. His publications were also featured on the reading list of several interdisciplinary courses offered by universities in the UK, and Sweden, among others. In addition, he has been awarded various competitive research grants by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council in support of his interdisciplinary legal studies. Moreover, he is an affiliated researcher of the Law and Religion in Asia Pacific program at the School of Law, University of Queensland in Australia. 

He once served as an expert (witness) for the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, as well as a leading examiner in constitutional law on the PCLL Conversion Examination of the Standing Committee on Legal Education and Training in Hong Kong. He has acted as a peer reviewer for leading journals and publishers, including Health and Human Rights Journal (US), Modern China (US), and Cambridge University Press. 

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” by the Ministry of Education (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 program from Greater China.

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 (law/interdisciplinary):

  1. Law as an Instrument: Sources of Chinese Law for Authoritarian LegalityCambridge University Press, 2022.
  2. The Chinese Communist Party’s Atheistic Approach to Religious Freedom in China,” Politics, Religion and Ideology, 23 (2), 2022, pp. 204-225.
  3. The Judicial Document as Informal State Law: Judicial Lawmaking in China’s Courts,” Modern China, 48 (3), 2022, pp. 617–649.
  4. Judicial Review of the Legislative Process in Hong Kong: A Comparative Perspective,” Statute Law Review, 42 (3), 2021, pp. 291–304.
  5. Hong Kong’s Civil Disobedience under China’s Authoritarianism,” Emory International Law Review, 35 (1), 2021, pp. 21-61.
  6. Tripartite Freedom of Religion in China: An Illiberal Perspective,” Human Rights Quarterly, 39 (4), 2017, pp. 783-810.
  7. 论合宪性解释方法”(Constitutional Avoidance Doctrine Revisited), 法学研究 (Chinese Journal of Law), 212 (5), 2012, pp. 20-38.