Dr Sally Zhu

School of Law

Lecturer in Private Law

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Dr Sally Zhu
School of Law
Bartolomé House
Winter Street
S3 7ND

I joined Sheffield University as a Lecturer in 2021. Previously I was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow based at Glasgow University where I taught modules in Land Law and Legal Theory.

My research is on property and private law aspects of platform and digital economies, including issues relating to regulation and consumer rights. Currently I am working on the topic of risk in property and sharing economies.

  • PhD in Law, London School of Economics
  • LLM, Cambridge University
  • LLB, London School of Economics
Research interests
  • Commercial Law
  • Digital Economy
  • Contract Law
  • Property Law and Theory
  • Law and Economics

Journal articles


  • Zhu S () Collaborative Property: P2P Sharing as Property System In Bettini F, Fishcer M, Mitchell C & Saprai P (Ed.), New Directions in Private Law Theory RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Member of the Sheffield Institute for Corporate and Commercial Law.


Title/description: Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship entitled "Shifting paradigms of material property relations in cyber-sharing-economies"

  • Awarding Body: Leverhulme Trust
  • Dates: November 2018 - August 2021
  • Amount (£): 322,000
Teaching interests

I teach across many areas of private law, predominantly focussing on digital and platform economies. I am especially keen to guide students in understanding the intersection between law and contemporary socio-economic issues, and to empower them with the knowledge to create social change. I encourage students to take eclectic and critical methodological approaches, combining insights from multiple disciplines and using theory to inform their doctrinal and practical reasoning.

Teaching activities

The UG modules I teach are:

  • Property Law
  • Advanced Contract
  • Commercial Law


  • Commercial Law
Professional activities and memberships
  • Guest Editor for Laws Special Issue
  • Assistant Editor for Cambridge Elements Philosophy of Law