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Professor Ming Du

Professor in Chinese Law

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Professor in Chinese Law in the Durham Law SchoolPCL177+44 (0) 191 33 40203
Member of Durham CELLS (Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences)  



Professor Ming Du is Professor in Chinese Law and the Director of Centre for Chinese Law and Policy at Durham Law School. Prior to joining Durham in September 2019, he was Professor in Chinese & Comparative Law at University of Surrey from April 2016, and Reader in International Business Law at Lancaster University from September 2013. He was raised in China and completed his Chinese law training at Tsinghua University School of Law in Beijing. He holds an LLM from Harvard Law School, where he was a Victor and William Fung Fellow and a DPhil from University of Oxford (Brasenose College) where he was a Clarendon Scholar.

His current research focuses on the theoretical and structural issues of global economic governance (trade, investment and finance), China's approach to international law, and the development of the rule of law in contemporary China. He also retains a strong interest in corporate law and cross-border business transations in which he practiced as a qualified lawyer in both New York and Beijing for a number of years. 

He sits on editorial boards of Chinese Journal of International Law (OUP), Chinese Journal of Comparative Law (OUP) and Manchester Journal of International Economic Law. 

Research interests

  • The Rule of Law in China
  • Comparative corporate Law
  • China's Approach to International Law
  • World trade law (WTO)
  • Foreign Investment Law
  • International dispute settlement

Research groups

  • Centre for Chinese Law and Policy
  • Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences
  • Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law


Authored book

  • Du, Ming (2020). The Regulation of Product Standards in World Trade Law. Oxford:: Hart Publishing.

Book review

  • M Du (2021). A Chinese Theory of International Law. Asian Journal of International Law 11(2): 392-393.
  • Du, M (2016). China in the International Economic Order: New Paradigms and New Directions. Social and Legal Studies 25(1): 123-126.
  • Du, M (2015). The BRIC States and Outward Foreign Direct Investment. Journal of International Investment and Trade 16(4): 745-750.

Chapter in book

Journal Article

  • Ming, Du (Accepted). The Status of Chinese State-owned Enterprises in International Investment Arbitration: Much Ado about Nothing? Chinese Journal of International Law
  • Du M. & Kong Q.J. (2020). Explaining the Limits of the WTO in Shaping the Rule of Law in China. Journal of International Economic Law 23(4): 885-905.
  • Du, Ming (2021). Clearing the fog: Forest Stewardship Council labelling and the World Trade Organization. Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law 30(1): 81-94.
  • Du, M (2021). Voluntary Eco-Labels in International Trade Law: A Case Study of the EU Eco-Label. Journal of Environmental Law 33(1): 167-193.
  • Du, M (2018). WTO Regulation of Transnational Private Authority in Global Governance. International and Comparative Law Quarterly 67(4): 867-902.
  • Du, M (2018). Re- Conceptualising the Role of Science in International Trade Disputes. Journal of World Trade 52(5): 697-720.
  • Du, M (2018). How to Define 'Public Morals' in WTO Law? A Critique of Brazil-Taxation and Charges Panel Report. Global Trade and Customs Journal 13(2): 69-74.
  • Du, M (2016). Permitting Moral Imperialism: The Public Morals Exception to Free Trade at the Bar of the World Trade Organization. Journal of World Trade 50(4): 675-704.
  • Du, M & Kong, QJ (2016). EC-Seal Products: A New Baseline for the Global Economic Governance and National Regulatory Autonomy Debate in the Multilateral Trading System. Manchester Journal of International Economic Law 13(1): 2-21.
  • Du, M (2016). 'Treatment No Less Favourable' and the Future of National Treatment Obligation in Article III:4 of the GATT 1994 after EC - Seals. World Trade Review 15(1): 139-163.
  • Du, M (2016). China's 'one Belt, One Road' Initiative: Context, Focus, Institutions, and Implications. Chinese Journal of Global Governance 2(1): 30-43.
  • Du, M (2016). The Regulation of Chinese State-owned Enterprises in National Foreign Investment Laws: A Comparative Analysis. Global Journal of Comparative Law 5(1): 118-145.
  • Du, M (2016). The Necessity Test in World Trade Law: What Now? Chinese Journal of International Law 15(4): 817-847.
  • Du, M & Deng, F (2016). International Standards as Global Public Goods in the World Trading System. Legal Issues of Economic Integration 43(2): 113-144.
  • Du, M (2015). Explaining China's Tripartite Strategy toward the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Journal of International Economic Law 18(2): 407-432.
  • Du, M (2015). The Case against China's Joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Transnational Dispute Management 12(1): 1-13.
  • Du, M (2015). What is a Technical Regulation in the TBT Agreement? European Journal of Risk Regulation 6(3): 396-404.
  • Du, M (2015). Taking Stock: What Do We Know, and Do Not Know, about the National Treatment Obligation in the GATT/WTO Legal System? Chinese Journal of Global Governance 1(1): 67-95.
  • Du, M (2014). China's State Capitalism and World Trade Law. International and Comparative Law Quarterly 63(2): 409-448.
  • Du, M (2014). When China's National Champions Go Global: Nothing to Fear but Fear itself? Journal of World Trade 48(6): 1127-1166.
  • Du, M (2012). Has the WTO Appellate Body Pushed the Limits of Global Governance in China-Publications Case? Chinese Journal of International Law 11(1): 227-234.
  • Du, M (2011). The Rise of National Regulatory Autonomy in the GATT/WTO Regime. Journal of International Economic Law 14(3): 639-675.
  • Du, M (2010). Standard of Review under the SPS Agreement after EC - Hormones II. International and Comparative Law Quarterly 59(2): 441-459.
  • Du, M (2010). Autonomy in Setting Appropriate Level of Protection under the WTO Law: Rhetoric or Reality? Journal of International Economic Law 13(4): 1077-1102.
  • Du, M (2010). Reducing Product Standards Heterogeneity through International Standards in the WTO: How Far across the River? Journal of World Trade 44(2): 295-318.
  • Du, M (2007). Domestic Regulatory Autonomy under the TBT Agreement: From Non-Discrimination to Harmonization. Chinese Journal of International Law 6(2): 269-306.
  • Du, M (2007). Does China Need Competition Law? Journal of Business Law (3): 182-208.
  • Du, M & Li, Kevin (2005). Antitrust Control of Merger & Acquisition in Transitional Economies: A Case Study of China. Journal of Business Law (9): 597-616.

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