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Dr Ge Chen

Assistant Professor in Global Media and Information Law

B.A., LLM, Mag.iur., Dr.iur., FHEA, FRSA

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Assistant Professor in Global Media and Information Law in the Durham Law School  


Ge Chen is Assistant Professor in Global Media and Information Law at Durham Law School. Having studied at the universities of Fudan, Nanjing and Göttingen, he received his doctorate in law from the George-August-University of Göttingen. He held the post of Postdoctoral Research Associate in Intellectual Property and Global Regulation at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law (CIPIL), and Wolfson College of the University of Cambridge, and remains an associate of the CIPIL. He was Visiting Academic of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) based at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (CSLS) of the University of Oxford. He was a Resident Fellow (Fulbright Nominee) and remains an Affiliated Fellow of the Information Society Project (ISP) at Yale Law School. He was a Konrad Adenauer scholar and research fellow at the Institute for International Law and European Law and the Sino-German Institute for Legal Studies of the University of Göttingen. He was a senior legal expert at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS). He is a fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA). 

Dr Chen's research interests are media and information law and their constitutional and rule-of-law aspects in international and comparative perspectives, with a focus on China. He is the author of Copyright and International Negotiations: An Engine of Free Expression in China?, a monograph published by Cambridge University Press in 2017 (“Cambridge Intellectual Property and Information Law” series). The book was featured in Harvard Law Review (March 2018) and presented at Yale Law School (YLS)’s 2017 Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference under the auspices of the Abrams Travel Fellowship of the YLS Information Society Project. His coauthored book on German constitutional case law has been published by China’s Law Press. His representative rsearch articles appeared in peer reviewed journals such as Global Constitutionalism, Journal of Free Speech Law, and Journal of Media Law. He received research funding from various regions and channels such as Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (Germany/political), Le Club Informatique des Grandes Entreprises Françaises (France/industrial), Yale Law School (US/scholarly), and Chinese Society of International Economic Law (China/civil). He was nominated by the US-UK Fulbright Selection Committee for Fulbright Scholar Award in All Disciplines in 2021.

Dr Chen is committed to research-oriented teaching and is active in disseminating his research results through academic, professional and media outlets. He is a fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He teaches Chinese constitutional law, free speech in comparative and international perspectives, and UK media law at Durham Law School. He taught undergraduate and LLM courses of constitutional law, administrative law, and copyright law at the Göttingen Summer School of Chinese Law. He was a faculty member of the Anneberg-Oxford Media Summer Institute and the CIPIL seminar at the University of Cambridge. He participated in professional training of Chinese legislators and judges in Germany. He coached Jessup moot court teams and is regularly invited to judge in the international rounds of the Oxford Price Media Law Moot Court. He was invited to talk at the World Intellectual Property Organisation, and served on the Scientific Advisory Board of Göttingen Journal of International Law. Besides, Dr Chen articulates opinions on a wide range of issues concerning China’s legal development, and has published articles in opinion outlets such as Oxford Human Rights Hub, Cambridge Core Blog, YaleGlobal Online, The Diplomat, ChinaFile, South China Morning Post, and Die Zeit. He accommodated media interview requests from the BBC, Bloomberg, Deutsche Welle, Foreign Policy, Reuters, The Economist, Times Higher Education, Weekendavisen, etc.

Dr Chen dedicates himself to public service and political engagement and has rich experiences of government consultation and think-tank work for more than a decade. Prior to his appointment at Durham University, he worked as a full-time researcher in China’s legal system and policies at MERICS, the EU’s biggest China think tank based in Berlin. Before that, he was consulted by Chinese and European governments on a variety of legal projects under the framework of the Sino-EU “Dialogue on the State of the Rule of Law”, especially with regard to constitutional dialogues, lawmaking process, and judicial practice in China. Among others, he advised the EU (e.g., European Parliament, European Commission, European Court of Human Rights), Germany (e.g., Bundestag, Bundesrat, Chancellor's Office, Ministry of Justice, Federal Constitutional Court), China (e.g., working bodies of National People’s Congress Standing Committee, Ministry of Justice, Supreme People’s Court), as well as other parliamentary bodies, governments, and courts in China, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

In 2016, How Germany Ticks (, Germany’s official web portal hosted by the German Federal Foreign Office, listed him as one of five prominent “Chinese living in Germany” (Chinese version) for their “creativity and engagement”.

Research interests

  • Free expression in international and comparative perspectives
  • Global constitutionalism and its development in China
  • International copyright law issues related to free speech

Research groups

  • Centre for Chinese Law and Policy
  • Human Rights Centre


Authored book

Book review

  • Chen, Ge (2021). INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN CHINA. By Zhenqing Zhang. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019. 298 pp. (Tables, graphs, figures.) US$69.95, cloth. ISBN 978-0-8122-5106-7. Pacific Affairs 94(3): 590-592.

Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Chen, Ge (2022). Xi Jinping and China’s Censorship Trap. The Diplomat
  • Chen, Ge (2020). Global Trade in Times of Coronavirus: Will the WTO Survive the Next Round of Sino-US Trade War? Public Jurist 11(May): 21-24.
  • Chen, Ge (2018). How intellectual property and censorship have haunted a century of China-US trade talks. South China Morning Post
  • Chen, George G. & Shi-Kupfer, Kristin (2017). Massenhaft Nutzer – mangelhafter Datenschutz. Zeit Online
  • Chen, George G. & Wong, Tiffany G. (2017). Waiting for China’s Data Protection Law. The Diplomat
  • Chen, George G. (2017). Eine Metropole vom Reißbrett. Der Tagesspiegel
  • Chen, George G. (2017). Xiongan: A New City for the Xi Jinping Era. The Diplomat
  • Chen, George G. (2017). How Big a Deal is the New U.S.-China Trade Deal? ChinaFile, A ChinaFile Conversation
  • Chen,Ge (2017). 专访:旅德华人学者眼中的两会 (Interview: The Annual Plenary Sessions of the State in the Eyes of a Chinese Scholar Living in Germany). Deutsche Welle
  • Chen, George G. (2017). TPP is Dead, Now What? ChinaFile, A ChinaFile Conversation
  • Chen, George G. (2016). Is censorship bad for business? How trade laws could break through China’s Great Firewall. Asia Times

Other (Digital/Visual Media)


  • Chen, George G & Shi-Kupfer, Kristin (2018). Wie China mit Personenbezogenen Daten Umgeht. DeutschChinesischen Plattform Innovation (DCPI).
  • Chen, George G. & Stepan, Matthias (2017). Activating The National People’s Congress: Law-making on Behalf of the Party Center. Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS).
  • Chen, George G. & Shi-Kupfer, Kristin (2016). The Function of Judicial Reforms in Xi Jinping’s Agenda: Rectifying local governance through reforms of the judicial system. Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS).
  • Chen, Ge (2015). Intellectual Property Law and Freedom: between the national and the international. CiGREF: Réseau de grandes entreprises.

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