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Dr Ding Chen

Position: Senior Lecturer in Corporate and Commercial Law
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Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 6734

Academic Profile

I joined the Sheffield Law School in September 2015. Previously, I worked as a lecturer in Newcastle Law school from January 2013 after completing Ph.D in Manchester Law School. I also lectured in China Euro School of Law (CESL) from January 2014. Before moving into academic, I worked as a public prosecutor in Guangdong Province, P.R.China.

I worked on the ESRC-funded project of 'Law, development and finance in Rising Powers' as a research associate at Centre for Business Research, Cambridge University between 2013-2016. Recently, I started another ESRC-funded project on 'Informal Finance In China, Risks Potential and Transformation' from 1 February, 2017 as Co-investigator and PI in Sheffield.


  • PhD University Of Manchester
  • LLM University of Sheffield
  • LLM Renmin University
  • LLB Zhengzhou University

Teaching and Learning

I believe higher education is not simply to equip students with specific knowledge, more importantly it should prepare students with the capability of thinking independently, critically and to appreciate the complexity of the reality. My aim is to create a comfortable environment of learning, in which students will feel confident in expressing their ideas and making mistakes.

The modules I teach are:

Undergraduate Postgraduate
Private Aspects of Company Law Principles of Company Law and Corporate Governance (convenor)
The Law Relating to Public Companies (convenor) Topics in Company Law and Corporate Governance (convenor)
Law School Without It No Success (WINS) Comparative Corporate Governance (convenor)

Research Interests

  • Law and development
  • Corporate governance
  • Company law
  • Financial regulation
  • New Institutional Economics

Member of Sheffield Institute of Corporate and Commercial Law.

Areas of Research Supervision

  • Law and development
  • Corporate governance
  • Financial regulation

Recent Invited Papers and Keynote Lectures

  • ‘Fintech in China-based on fieldwork’ presented at Sino-Britian conference ‘Macro Financial Stability’ organized by ESRC LSE, and CASS, 25-7th March 2018, Beijng
  • ‘Why is China’s SOEs Reform Always Disappointing’, at SIOE 2018 annual conference, Montreal, 25-7June, 2018
  • ‘Growing pains: the changing of regulation of alternative lending platforms’ at a conference of ‘Financial Inclusion and Fintech’ in London (SOAS) being held from 25-26th March 2019
  • ‘When Formal market meets informal, the Wenzhou Case’ in a workshop of
  • Law, Finance and Development with Chinese Characteristics, on 25th June, 2019.
  • ‘The Future of China’s P2P’ at conference of ‘Fintech and Shadow Banking’ , 27-9th November, 2019, Edinburgh
  • Mission Impossible, IPO reform in China, Invited paper, 5th Annual Asian Law and Economics Conference, Chair of Corporate Law Session, 22nd June 2016
  • Law, Trust and Institutional Changes in China, invited talk, SOAS, 12 March 2016,
  • Corporate Governance in China, its Past, Present and Future Challenges, Leeds Law School, 5th March 2016
  • Law and economic growth-based on empirical evidence from China, invited talk, Economic law frontier series, 20 Oct 2015, Renmin Law School
  • Different Legal Institutions for different economic settings: evidence from interviews in China, invited talk, Law and Society Annual Meeting 2015, 28 May, Seattle
  • Different Legal Institutions for different economic settings: evidence from interviews in China, invited talk,5th Law and Development Annual Conference, 17th April 2015 ,Tulane University, New Orleans,
  • Law and economic development, invited lecture, 9th April 2015 Fuzhou University

Key Projects/Grants

Title/Description: Informal Finance in China: Risks, Potential and Transformation
Awarding Body: ESRC
People Involved: Professor Simon Deakin, Professor Andrew Johnston, Dr Navajyoti Samanta
Dates: 01/02/2017 - 01/02/2019
Amount: £392,014
Title/Description: Law, development and finance in rising powers
Awarding Body: ESRC
People Involved: Professor Simon Deakin, Mathias Siems
Dates: March 2013
Amount: £520,525.32

Professional Activities and Recognition

  • Expert consultant for China-Britain Business Council (CBCC)
  • Research associate of the Centre for Business Research (CBR), University of Cambridge
  • Research Associate of the Bankruptcy Law Centre, Renmin University, School of Law
  • Qualified Lawyer, Chinese Bar
  • Expert Consultant of The Great Britain-China Centre (The GBCC)
  • External Examiner of SOAS
  • External Examiner of Aberdeen Law School
  • External reviewer for Law and Development Review, Journal of Corporate Law Studies, International Journal of Law in Context, Edward Elgar Publisher and so on

Key Publications


Journal articles