Professor Jianfu

Professor Jianfu Chen


College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

La Trobe Law School

Martin Building, Melbourne (Bundoora)


BSc (China), LLM (Hon I, Sydney), PhD (Law, Sydney), FAAL, FAHA



Membership of professional associations

Arbitrator, China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission

Area of study


Brief profile

Jianfu CHEN is Professor of Law, School of Law, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law (FAAL), as well as the Australian Academy of the Humanities (FAHA). He was previously Deputy Head of Law School (2006-2008) and Head of Law School (2008-2010, inclusive). Professor Chen is also an arbitrator of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC).

Professor Chen specialises in international and comparative law, international business and trade law, human rights law, globalisation and law, and Chinese law.

Research interests

Comparative law

- Chinese Law, International Trade Law, International Human Rights Law, Comparative and Asian Law

Teaching units

  • Introduction to Chinese Law (Winter School in Shanghai) (undergraduate)
  • International Trade Law (postgraduate)
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution in China (postgraduate)

Recent publications

Professor Chen has published (authored, co-authored and co-edited) more than 20 books and over 80 book chapters and journal articles. His work, in English, Chinese and French translation, appears in academic and professional forums nationally and internationally. Some of his works have been collected in Collection of Major Works.

Sample publications include:

  • "Out of the shadows and back to the future: CPC and law in China", (2016) 24 (2) Asia Pacific Law Review  (SSCI) 176-201.
  • Chinese Law: Context and Transformation (Revised and Expanded Edition), Leiden/Boston: Brill/Nijhoff (2016), 1121pp.
  • "The Transformation of Chinese Law: Mark II", (2015) 45 (3) Hong Kong Law Journal (SSCI) 911-940.
  • "Capitalism with Chinee Characteristics? - the case of the developing securities law in China" (2014) 22 (2) Asian Pacific Law Review (SSCI) 93-113 (with Lu Xuefeng).
  • "Regional Trade Agreement in Context", in Jiaxiang Hu & Matthias Vanhullebusch (eds), Regional Cooperation and Free Trade Agreement in Asia, London/Boston: Brill Nijhoff (2014), pp.377-402.
  • Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law in the PRC: Commentary and Legislation, Leiden/Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (2013), 340pp.
  • "China's Outward Direct Investment: From 'Open Door' to 'Going Out', in John Garrick (ed), Law and Policy for China's Market Socialism, London/New York: Routledge (2012), pp.21-38.
  • International Law in East Asia, London: Ashgate Pulbishers (2011) (ed with Zou Keyuan), 409pp.
  • "China, India and Developing Countries in the WTO - towards a Pro-active Strategy", in M Sornarajah & Jiangyu Wang (eds), China, India, and International Economic Order, Cambridge University Press (2010), pp.53-91.
  • "Fairer Trade & the Human Right to Development - a perfect match or misconceived twin", (Oxford) Forum on Public Policy Online, (January 2009),
  • "The Transformation of Chinese Law - From Formal to Substantial", (2007) 37 (2) Hong Kong Law Journal (SSCI) 689-739.
  • Rights Protection in the Age of Global Anti-Terrorism (ed with Puig & Walker), Sydney: Federation Press (2007) (Also published as a special Issue of Law in Context, Volume 25 (1)), 130pp.
  • Balancing Act: Law, Policy and Politics in Globalisation and Global Trade (ed. with G. Walker), Sydney: Federation Press (2004) (Also published as a special issue of Law in Context, volume 21 (double issue)), 356pp.
  • “To Have the Cake and Eat It Too? - China and the Rule of Law”, in Güenther Doeker-Mach & K. A. Ziegert (eds), Law and Legal Culture (Festschrift in Honour of Professor Alice Erh-Soon Tay), Germany: Franz Steriner Verlag Stuttgart (2004), pp.250-272.
  • Implementation of Law in the People's Republic of China, (ed. with Otto & Li), The Hague/Boston/London: Kluwer Law International (2002), 370pp.
  • Law-Making in the People's Republic of China, (ed. with Otto, Polak & Li), The Hague/Boston/London: Kluwer Law International (2000), 300pp.
  • "Australian Private International Law at the End of the Twentieth Century: Progress or Regress?", in Symeon C. Symeonides (ed.), Private International Law at the End of the 20th Century: Progress or Regress?, London: Kluwer Law International, 1999, pp.83-107.
  • “Internationalisation of Civil and Commercial Law in the PRC”, in Kanishka Jayasuriya (ed), Law, Capitalism and Power in Asia, London: Routledge (1999), pp 69-94.
  • "The Use of Comparative Law by Courts: Australian Courts at the Crossroads", in U. Drobnig & J.H.M van Erp (eds.), The Use of Comparative Law by Courts, The Hague/London/Boston: Kluwer Law International (1999), pp.25-57.
  • Chinese Law: Towards an Understanding of Chinese Law, Its Nature and Development, The Hague/Boston/London: Kluwer Law International (1999), 414pp.
  • From Administrative Authorisation to Private Law: a comparative perspective of the developing civil law in the PRC, Dordrecht/Boston/London: Martinus Nihhoff Publishers (1995), 324pp .

Professor Chen was also General Editor (1999-2013, inclusive), China Business Law Guide, Loose-leaf service (updated quarterly), CCH Asia Pacific.