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Dr Ting Xu

Position: Senior Lecturer
Email Address: Ting.Xu@sheffield.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 6860


Academic Profile

I joined the School of Law in September 2015. I hold an LLB from Sun Yat-sen University and an LLM (with Distinction) and PhD from the London School of Economics. I was a Lecturer at the School of Law, Queen’s University, Belfast (2012–2015) and a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics (2009–2012) on an interdisciplinary and collaborative European Research Council funded project. I am the author and editor of three books The Revival of Private Property and Its Limits in Post-Mao China (Wildy, Simmonds and Hill Publishing, 2014) and Property and Human Rights in a Global Context (edited with Jean Allain, Hart Publishing, 2015) and Legal Strategies for the Development and Protection of Communal Property, Proceedings of the British Academy, vol. 216 (edited with Alison Clarke, Oxford University Press, 2018). In 2013, I was awarded a British Academy Conference Grant (with Patrick O’Brien, approximately £20,000) for organising an international conference on knowledge formation and the history of books. In 2015 I completed a project on 'Declining Diversity and Declining Societies: China, the West, and the Future of the Global Economy' funded by the European Commission, Joint Research Centre (awarded in 2014, approximately € 15,000). I am currently Principal Investigator of a project 'Diversifying Ownership of Land?: Communal Property in the UK and China' funded by the British Academy International Mobility and Partnership Scheme 2014-17 (£29,971).

I have established a 'communal property research network'. In 2017 I also completed a project on the Land Rights Reform in Rural China funded by China's National Social Science Foundation (2015-2017, RMB 200,000) (as Co Investigator; PI, Professor Fengzhang Li, School of Law, Shanghai University). I am currently a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow (2019-2020) working on a project on 'Harold Laski and His Chinese Disciples: Using Biographical Methods to Study the Evolution of Rights in Republican China (1911-1949)'. 

I have been appointed as a visiting professor at the School of Law, Jilin University (2015-) and at the Graduate School, University of International Business and Economics in China (2014-).

Qualifications

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • PhD, London School of Economics
  • LLM (with Distinction), London School of Economics
  • LLB, Sun Yat-sen University (First Class Honours, graduated as the valedictorian)

Teaching and Learning

I am a great advocate of research-led teaching as an essential part of sustained mutual teaching-learning processes. I encourage students to develop critical thinking and independent research skills and to explore ‘knowledge’ in context, that is, to transform surface learning into deep learning. Learning is not limited to memorising basic facts and debates in the relevant subject, but is extended to evaluation of wider socio-legal issues. I have been passionate about working with students to examine legal issues in a global context and develop skills for the global workplace. I strongly support their experiences of studying abroad.

The modules I teach are:

Undergraduate Postgraduate
Property Law (Land Law, Equity and Trusts Commercial Property in a Global Context

Research Interests

  • Law, governance and development
  • Comparative property law
  • Property and human rights
  • Socio-legal studies
  • Chinese law
  • Comparative law
  • Political economy

Member of the Centre for the Study of Law in Society
Deputy Director of the Sheffield Institute for Corporate and Commercial Law

Areas of Research Supervision

I would be delighted to hear from prospective students who are interested in research degrees in the following areas:

  • Law, governance and development
  • Comparative Property law
  • Property and human rights
  • Chinese law
  • Political economy

I am currently supervising: Molly Matthewman, whose research investigates the role of law in Graduate housing in Beijing and London, and the relationship between tenure, identity and ‘home’.

Recent Invited Papers and Keynote Lectures

  • Comment on China's Overseas Investment in Europe, China's Conception of the Rule of Law and it's Impact on Market Governance, 4th Closed Roundtable For Academics and Practitioners, Asia House, London, 2 July 2018. 
  • "The Confucian Ethos, Responsibility and Climate Change", Oxford China Forum, University of Oxford, 3 March 2018. 
  • "The Institutions of Communcal Property and Their Functions: Evidence from China", School of Law, University of Surrey, 17 May 2017. 
  • "Towards an Evolutionary Theory of Property?", the Annual Seminar on the History and Theory of Property Law, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London, 21 April 2016.
  • “Property as an Evolutionary Process: The Case of Property Regime Transformation in China”, University of Oxford, 29-30 January 2016.
  • “Minor Rights Property: The Case of ‘Minor Rights Property’ in China”, Symposium on “New Developments in Chinese Land Law and Policy”, Faculty of Law, University of Groningen, 7 January 2016.
  • “Limited Access Communal Property”, the First International Young Scholars Forum, Sun Yat-Sen University, China, 19-20 December 2015.
  • “Boundaries of Property”, School of Law, Sun Yat-Sen University, China, 18 December 2015.
  • “Informality, Extralegality, and Property: Minor Rights Property in China”, Workshop on “the Precarious Home” (with Wei Gong), Onati, 25-26 June 2015.
  • “Compensation under Global Guidelines”, Colloquium on “The Core Principles of Expropriation Law”, invited talk, The Hague, 18-20 June 2015.
  • “Loss of Diversity and Decline: Europe, China and the Future of the Global Economy”, workshop on “New Narratives for Innovation”, European Commission, Brussels, 26-27th February 2015.
  • “Legalising Property in Post-Mao China and Alternative Property Practices”, invited talk, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford, 20 January 2015.
  • “Communities, Communal Land, and Effective Management of Shared Resources”, invited talk, workshop on “The Transformation of the Chinese Land System”, Jilin University Law School, 31 October 2014.
  • “Communal Land in the UK and China”, Shanghai Jiaotong University Law School, 29 October 2014.
  • “Communal Land in the UK”, workshop on “Collective Ownership from a Global Perspective”, Shanghai University Law School, 24 October 2014.
  • “Communal in the Context of Communal Property”, Co-ops and Commons Workshop, School of Law, University of Sheffield, 16-18 October 2014.
  • “Expropriation Law: From National Laws to Global Standards”, the Colloquium “The Context, Criteria and Consequences of Expropriation Law”, The Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome, 25-27 September, 2014.
  • “English Property Law”, the Graduate School, the University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China, 8 January 2014.
  • “Land Law in China” and “Regulatory Takings of Property”, NUI, Galway, 18-19 November 2013.

Key Projects/Grants

Title/Description: 'Harold Laski and His Chinese Disciples: Using Biographical Methods to Study the Evolution of Rights in Republican China (1911-1949)'
Awarding Body: British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship
People Involved: Dr Ting Xu
Years Funded for: 2019-20
Amount: £128,117
Title/Description: ‘Diversifying Ownership of Land?: Communal Property in the UK and China’
Awarding Body: British Academy International Partnership and Mobility Scheme, 2014-2017
People Involved: Dr Ting Xu PI
Years Funded for: 2014 - 2017
Amount: £29,971
Title/Description: ‘Declining Diversity and Declining Societies: China, the West, and the Future of the Global Economy’
Awarding Body: European Commission, Joint Research Centre
People Involved: Dr Ting Xu
Years Funded for: 2014 - 2015
Amount: €15,000

Professional Activities and Recognition

  • 'Changbaishan Scholar' Visiting Professor, School of Law, Jilin University 01/2017
  • 'External Examiner for PhD thesis, KoGuan Law School, Shanghai Jiaotong University, 1/2016
  • Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Law, University of Groningen, 1/2016
  • Member of the editorial board, the Oriental Law Review , 2015-
  • External Examiner, School of Law, University of Manchester, 2015-
  • Secretary, the UK Branch of the International Association of Legal and Social Philosophy (IVR), 2015-
  • Visiting Professor, School of Law, Jilin University, 5/2015-
  • Visiting Professor, Graduate School, University of International Business and Economics, 2014-
  • Research Affiliate, Queen’s University Centre for Economic History, 2013-

Key Publications

Books

  • Xu T (2014) The Revival of Private Property and its Limits in Post-Mao China. London: Wildy, Simmonds and Hill Publishing. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Xu T & Gong W (2018) Understanding Collective Property in the Chinese Context through the Lens of Community In Xu T & Clarke A (Ed.), Legal Strategies for the Development and Protection of Communal Property (pp. 152-176). Oxford University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Xu T (2018) Property In Bornstein MH (Ed.), The Sage Encyclopaedia of Lifespan Human Development (pp. 1746-1747). Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Xu T & Gong W (2018) Precarious Home and Institutional Ambiguity in China’s Urbanisation In Carr H, Edgeworth B & Hunter C (Ed.), Law and the Precarious Home: Socio-Legal Perspectives on the Home in Insecure Times (pp. 227-243). Oxford: Hart. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Xu T & Gong W (2016) Communal Property Rights in International Human Rights Instruments: Implications for De Facto Expropriation In Xu T & Allain J (Ed.), Property and Human Rights in a Global Context (pp. 225-246). Oxford: Hart Publishing. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Xu T (2016) Hidden Expropriation in Globalisation and Soft Law Protection of Communal Property Rights In Hoops B (Ed.), Rethinking Expropriation Law II: Context, Criteria and Consequences of Expropriation Law (pp. 89-109). The Hague, NI: Eleven International Publishing. RIS download Bibtex download

Edited books

  • Xu T & Clarke A (Ed.) (2018) Legal Strategies for the Development and Protection of Communal Property. Oxford University Press. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Xu T & Allain J (Ed.) (2016) Property and Human Rights in a Global Context. Oxford: Hart Publishing. RIS download Bibtex download