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Dr. DING Chunyan (丁春艷博士)

PhD (University of Hong Kong), LLM (University College London), LLM & LLB (Peking University)
Fulbright Research Fellow (Harvard Law School) 2008-09
Lawyer (PRC)

Associate Professor

Assistant Dean

Contact Information

Office: P5515 AC1
Phone: 34427678
Fax: 34420190
Email: chunding@cityu.edu.hk

Research Interests

  • Medical Law
  • Tort Law
  • Contract Law
  • Comparative Law
Dr. Ding Chunayn joined City University of Hong Kong in July 2010. She was born and grew up in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province. She 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 2001. Before joining the Law School, 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 and teaching are medical law, tort law, contract law, and comparative law.

Research Grant

  • Consumer Citizen Suits Against Food Safety Violations in China, General Research Fund (GRF), Hong Kong Research Grant Council, Amount: HKD $455,606, Jan 2020 - Dec 2022, Ding Chunyan (PI).
  • Proper Incentives for Organ Donation: A Multidisciplinary Local and International Study on the Divergent Models, General Research Fund (GRF), Hong Kong Research Grant Council (RGC), Amount: HKD $934,988, Sep 2018 - Aug 2021, Ding Chunyan (Co-I).
  • Constructing Social Justice: The Evolving Media–court Relation and Media Trials in China, General Research Fund (GRF), Hong Kong Research Grant Council (RGC), Amount: HKD $260,264, Jan 2018 - Jun 2020, Ding Chunyan (Co-I).
  • Lifting the Veil of Mental Suffering Awards in Medical Negligence Cases in China, General Research Fund (GRF), Hong Kong Research Grant Council (RGC), Amount: HKD $366,880, Jan 2017 - Dec 2019, Ding Chunyan (PI).
  • The Medical Negligence Law of China After the 2009 Tort Law Reform: Has It Made A Difference?, General Research Fund (GRF), Hong Kong Research Grant Council (RGC), Amount: HKD $313,478, Jan 2015 - Dec 2016, Ding Chunyan (PI).
  • Is Mediation a Viable Dose for Medical Negligence Disputes in China?, Early Career Scheme (ECS), Hong Kong Research Grant Council (RGC), Amount: HKD $415,325, Jan 2014 - Jun 2016, Ding Chunyan (PI).
  • Sending, Receiving and Zero-impact Countries: Different Approaches towards International Adoption, Fondazione Cassa Risparmio Di Modena, Amount: EUR $80,000, Jul 2010 - Jul 2012, Ding Chunyan (Co-I).

Publication Show All Publications Show Prominent Publications


  • Ding, Chunyan. (2019). How Much Do Expert Opinions Matter: An Empirical Investigation of Selection Bias, Adversarial Bias and Judicial Deference in Chinese Medical Negligence Litigation. Brooklyn Journal of International Law. 45(1). 139-192 .
  • Ding, Chunyan. (2019). No-Fault Compensation for Medical Injuries: The Case of China. Otago Law Review. 16(1). (forthcoming) .
  • Ding, Chunyan. (2019). The Doctrine of Precontractual Liability under Chinese Law: A Comparative Outlook. European Review of Private Law. 27(3). 485 - 513.
  • Ding, Chunyan. (2015). A Dose to Cure 'Medical Chaos': Medical Mediation in China. Journal of Comparative Law. 10(2). 158 - 176.
  • Ding, Chunyan. (2015). Surrogacy Litigation in China and Beyond. Journal of Law and the Biosciences (OUP). 2(1). 33 - 55.
  • Ding, Chunyan. (2015). What Happens to Embryos When the Would-Be Parents Die: The “Orphaned Embryos” Custody Dispute in China. Hong Kong Law Journal. 45(3). 941 - 961.
  • Ding, Chunyan. (2014). Development of Employer’s Vicarious Liability: A Chinese Perspective. Journal of European Tort Law. 5(1). 67 - 97.
  • Ding, Chunyan. (2014). International adoption in post-Hague Convention China. International Family Law. Issue 4. 230 - 240.
  • Ding, Chunyan. (2014). Involuntary Detention and Treatment of the Mentally Ill: China's 2012 Mental Health Law. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry (SSCI). 37(6). 581 - 588.
  • Ding, Chunyan. (2014). Is the Doctrine of Equitable Liability in Chinese Tort Law Equitable?. Torts Law Journal. 22(1). 56 - 74.
  • Ding, Chunyan. (2013). Patient Privacy Protection in China in the Age of Electronic Health Records. Hong Kong Law Journal (SSCI). 43(1). 245 - 278.
  • Ding, Chunyan. (2012). Studies on Compensation for Psychiatric Injury in Tort of Negligence. Tsinghua Law Journal (CSSCI). 6(2). 31 - 50.
  • Ding, Chunyan. (2010). Family Member’s Informed Consent to Medical Treatment for Competent Patients in China. China: An International Journal. 8(1). 139 - 150.
  • Ding, Chunyan. (2008). Exemptions from the Requirement of Informed Consent. China Health Law. 16(3). 32 - 37.
  • Ding, Chunyan. (2008). Latest Development of Legal Regulations of Organ Transplant in China. International Journal of Bioethics. 19(4). 61 - 81.
  • Ding, Chunyan. (2007). Physician-patient Relationship v. Consumer-provider Relationship: Lifting the Veil of the Debate. The Journal of Law & Medicine. 14(3). 184 - 194.
  • Ding, Chunyan. (2007). Responsibility for Compensation in Wrongful Birth Cases. Peking University Law Journal (CSSCI). 19(6). 682 - 700.
  • Ding, Chunyan. (2007). Study on Breach of Duty in Medical Negligence Law of Hong Kong. The Journal of Law & Medicine. 14(2). 102 - 115.
  • Ding, Chunyan. (2007). Study on Patients’ Right to Medical Records. The Journal of Law & Medicine. 14(4). 171 - 180.
  • Ding, Chunyan. (2007). Who is Entitled to Exercise the Right of Informed Consent: The Patient or His Next of Kin?. The Journal of Law & Medicine. 14(1). 29 - 34.
  • Ding, Chunyan. (2006). How Far do China’s New Interim Provisions on Organ Transplants Go?. Hong Kong Law Journal (SSCI). 36(3). 613 - 632.
  • Ding, Chunyan. (2006). Study on the Definition of Death under English Law. The Journal of Law & Medicine. 13(3). 175 - 180.
  • Ding, Chunyan. (2005). Right of Preemption in Private Law. Peking University Law Review (CSSCI). 6(2). 649 - 687.


  • Ding, Chunyan. (2012). Medical Negligence Law in Transitional China. (pp. 257). Intersentia Publishing.

Book Chapter

  • Ding, Chunyan. (2020). Medical Decision-Making on Behalf of Children in China: A Multi-dimensional Analysis of Parental Authoritarianism. Imogen Goold, Jonathan Herring and Cressida Auckland (eds) Medical Decision-Making on Behalf of Young Children: A Comparative Perspective. Hart Publishing (forthcoming).
  • Ding, Chunyan. (2018). Protection of Patient Personality Rights in China. Ken Oliphant, Zhang Pinghua & Lei Chen (eds) The Legal Protection of Personality Rights: Chinese and European Perspectives. (pp. 195 - 214). Brill Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.
  • Ding, Chunyan. (2018). Contract Formation under Chinese Law. Mindy Chen-Wishart, Alex Loke & Stefan Vogenauer (eds) Formation of Contract and Third Party Beneficiaries: Studies in the Contract Laws of Asia. (pp. 24 - 44). Oxford University Press.
  • Ding, Chunyan. (2017). Perspectives on Chinese Contract Law: Performance and Breach. Chen Lei & DeMatteo, Larry (eds) Perspectives on Chinese Contract Law. (pp. 301 - 322). Cambridge University Press.

Translation of Other's Work

  • Ge, Yunsong. & Ding, Chunyan. (2004). 美国合同法. (pp. 1031). Contracts (written by E. Allan Farnsworth, New York: Aspen Law & Business, 1999, 3rd ed.). The China University of Politics and Law Press.

Service in CityU

Administrative Assignment

  • Jan 2018 - Now, Assistant Dean, Postgraduate programs.

Last update date : 15 Jan 2020