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Dr Tietie "Frank" Zhang

Position: Lecturer in Corporate and Commercial Law
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Academic 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 the academia, I worked in a leading Chinese law firm in Beijing, practicing in the field of commercial dispute resolution.


  • JSD, Cornell University Law School
  • LLM, Cornell University Law School
  • JM, Peking University Law School
  • BA, Tianjin Foreign Studies University

Teaching and Learning

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.

The modules I teach are:

Undergraduate Postgraduate
World Trade Law International Commercial Arbitration (Convenor)
WTO Law and Domestic Regulation
Trade Remedies in WTO Law
Finance and Banking

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.

Areas of Research Supervision

  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Trade Law

Recent Invited Papers and Keynote Lectures

  • University of Oslo Faculty of Law, the Symposium on Rue of Law and Open Society: A Sino-Nordic Dialogue, Judicial Sovereignty as a Public Policy Under Chinese Law (November 13, 2016)
  • Cornell Law School, the World Chinese Legal Philosophers Association Annual Conference, Legal Transplant of Arbitration in China (October 4, 2015)
  • Stanford Law School, the Second Conference for Junior Researchers, Legal Transplant of Arbitration in China: A Historical and Comparative View (May 16, 2015)
  • Nanjing University Law School, Parallel Proceedings and Choice of Law Issues in International Commercial Arbitration (March 31, 2015)
  • Shandong University Law School, Ad Hoc Arbitration in China (March 26, 2015)
  • Zhejiang University Guanghua Law School, Parallel Proceedings and Choice of Law Issues in International Commercial Arbitration (March 25, 2015)
  • Hangzhou Normal University Junru Shen Law School, Ad Hoc Arbitration in China (March 25, 2015)

Professional Activities and Recognition

  • Member, Bar of the State of New York
  • Member, Bar of the People’s Republic of China (inactive)

Key Publications

Journal articles

  • 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


  • 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