Dr Tietie (Frank) Zhang

School of Law

Lecturer in Corporate and Commercial Law

Module Convenor: UG Law with Chinese Law

Tietie.Zhang@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 6717

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Dr Tietie (Frank) Zhang
School of Law
Bartolomé House
Winter Street
Sheffield
S3 7ND
Profile

I joined the University of Sheffield School of Law as a Lecturer in January, 2016. Prior to that, I completed my doctorate study at Cornell University Law School, where I also taught as an Adjunct Professor. My main research areas include international commercial arbitration, international trade law, and the Chinese legal system. Before joining academia, I worked in a leading Chinese law firm in Beijing, practicing in the field of commercial dispute resolution.

Qualifications
  • JSD, Cornell University Law School
  • LLM, Cornell University Law School
  • JM, Peking University Law School
  • BA, Tianjin Foreign Studies University
Research interests
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Commercial Law
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • International Trade Law
  • Chinese Legal System

Member of the Sheffield Institute for Corporate and Commercial Law Research Cluster.

Publications

Books

  • Zhang T (2018) Ad Hoc Arbitration in China. Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

  • Zhang T (2017) Judicial Sovereignty and Public Policy under Chinese Arbitration Law. American Review of International Arbitration, 28(4). View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zhang T (2013) Enforceability of Ad Hoc Arbitration Agreements in China: China’s Incomplete Ad Hoc Arbitration System. Cornell International Law Journal, 46(2). RIS download Bibtex download

Chapters

  • Zhang T (2013) Particular Types of Contracts, Chinese Civil Law Munich & Oxford: Beck/Hart. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zhang T (2013) Standard Form Contracts In Bu Y (Ed.), Chinese Civil Law Munich & Oxford: Beck/Hart. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Areas of research supervision

  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Trade Law
  • Chinese Legal System
Teaching interests

Having been trained in law schools in both China and the U.S., I am familiar with teaching methodologies and philosophies in both civil law and common law traditions. In my teaching, I try to combine the two distinct approaches and make my students benefit from both styles. I firmly believe that critical thinking ability is essential to law students and lawyers. My job as a law teacher is to train the law students to think like lawyers. During this process, the ability to analyse complicated issues is vital. Therefore, in my class, I engage in rich discussions, during which I constantly question, challenge, push, and encourage students in an intellectual setting so that they may identify the issues before them, think about these issues carefully, and make a good argument or find a proper solution. At the same time, I will also summarise and emphasise on the core issues regarding a certain topic, which may help students better understand certain theories and avoid being confused by conflicting debates.

Teaching activities

Undergraduate

  • World Trade Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration (Convenor)
  • International Mooting (Convenor)
  • Legal and Political Culture of China (Convenor)
  • Chinese Law and Legal System (Convenor)

Postgraduate

  • International Commercial Arbitration (Convenor)
  • WTO Law and Domestic Regulation
  • Trade Remedies in WTO Law
Professional activities
  • Member, Bar of the State of New York
  • Member, Bar of the People’s Republic of China (inactive)

Recent Invited Papers and Keynote Lectures

  • Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Law, Ad Hoc Arbitration in China (November 24, 2018)
  • Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Law, Choice of Law Issues in International Commercial Arbitration (November 23, 2018)
  • Fudan Univeristy Law School, International Perspectives of Chinese Contract Law (March 8, 2018)
  • University of Sheffield School of Law, 2017 UK IVR Annual Conference: Law, Rationality and the Market, Ad Hoc Arbitration in China (November 17, 2017)
  • University of British Columbia Peter A. Allard School of Law, 2017 World Chinese Legal Philosophy Summit, Judicial Sovereignty and Public Policy Under Chinese Arbitration Law (October 30, 2017)
  • Law and Society Association 2017 International Meeting, Walls, Borders, and Bridges: Law and Society in an Inter-Connected World, Judicial Sovereignty and Public Policy Under Chinese Law: An Arbitration Perspective (June 20, 2017)
  • East China University of Political Science and Law, Legal Education in the US and the UK (March 22, 2017)