- Heng Wang
BA (SISU), LLB, LLM, PhD (SWUPL)
Heng joined UNSW in 2015. Previously, as a professor at Southwest University of Political Science and Law (SWUPL), China, he headed a WTO law center (established by the Department of Treaty and Law, the Ministry of Commerce and SWUPL) and has been the recipient of top research awards and several major grants, including the triennial China Outstanding Law Research Award, twice, (China Law Society) and the Outstanding Research Award in Humanities and Social Science (the Ministry of Education).
Heng has spoken at the WTO Headquarters and around 40 universities in America, Europe, and Asia, including Harvard University, Columbia University, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Virginia, the LSE, University of Paris 1 and Waseda University. As a visiting professor, he taught at UNSW, University of Ottawa, Case Western Reserve University, Yokohama National University, and Xiamen University. Besides being a visiting professor at Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies and the University of Cagliari, he conducted research at the WTO Secretariat, and was the Visiting Professorial Fellow of UNSW and the Max Weber Fellow at European University Institute. He is the university professorial fellow at SWUPL.
Besides books, he published widely within and outside of China in journals including the Journal of World Trade and Cornell International Law Journal, and his research has been quoted by scholars such as those from Oxford University and the Max Planck Institute. Heng’s research interest focuses on China’s interaction with international economic law, particularly in the context of the WTO and free trade agreements, services trade and investment, trade linkage issues (e.g. trade, culture and technology), and Chinese law.
Heng was an Executive Council member of the Society of International Economic Law (2008-2015), and is a founding member of the Asian International Economic Law Network, a member of the Asian WTO Research Network, and an executive council member of all three Chinese societies of international economic law or WTO law.
Heng has advised or provided training to the government, international organization, and the private sector, and is an arbitrator of arbitration institutions in China and Europe. He is adjunct professor at SWUPL, China.
He has been interviewed by media in Australia, China, and the US, including recently by the BBC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Australian.
Areas of expertise
international economic law, Chinese law, free trade agreements, services trade, trade linkage issues (e.g., trade and culture, technology)
Former Executive Council Member (2008-2015), Society of International Economic Law (SIEL)
Steering Committee Member, Asian International Economic Law Network (AIELN）
Member, Asian WTO Research Network (AWRN)
Arbitrator, Court of Arbitration, Madrid, Spain
External Reviewer, Research Grants Council, Hong Kong
Executive Council Member, International Economic Law Association of China
Executive Council Member, Chinese Society of International Economic Law
Executive Council Member, China WTO Law Research Society
Council Member, China Society of Comparative Law
Arbitrator, China Chongqing Liangjiang International Arbitration Center (LJIAC)
Arbitrator, Chongqing Arbitration Commission, China
Arbitrator, Hainan Arbitration Commission, China
Current PhD student
Simon Lacey, "International Economic Law and Development Policies: Indonesian and Chinese Approaches"
- Co-investigator, UNSW-Shanghai Jiaotong University Collaborative Research Fund Seed Grants “The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Implications for Australian Services Suppliers and China’s Services Sectors”
- Principal Investigator (PI) - Key Project of China's Ministry of Justice on National Rule of Law and Legal Rearch "Legal Issues of China-Related WTO Dispute Settlement After 10 Years' Accession".
- PI - The Fok Ying Tong Education Foundation Research Project “The Interpretation of Regional Services Trade Law: Focusing on the Jurisprudence Transplant and Conflict Avoidance”.
- PI - China Law Society Ministerial Level Law Research Project “ The Interpretation of China’s WTO Accession Protocol”.
- PI - Humanities and Social Sciences Research Project of China’s Ministry of Education “Domestic Regulation Discipline under the Economic Crisis: Theoretical and Practical Analysis from a Multilateral and Regional Perspective”.
- PI - Humanities and Social Sciences Research Project of China’s Ministry of Education “Innovation in China’s Origin Rules for Services under the Context of the WTO”.
- PI - China Law Society Ministerial Level Law Research Project “Empirical Research of WTO Dispute Settlement System”.
- PI - China (National) Model Bilingual-Teaching Course Development Project “Case Study on International Trade Law” jointly approved by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Finance, China.
Heng Wang has actively participated in international research projects including the "Emerging Dynamic Global Economies (EDGE) Network", Canada, headed by Prof. Debra Steger (founding Director of WTO Appellate Body Secretariat) and funded by the Networks of Centres of Excellence Canada and the International Development Research Centre, "the Canada-China WTO Capacity Building Programme" co-sponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency and Chinese Ministry of Commerce, and "External Actions of the European Community - EU-China Legal and Judicial Cooperation Programme" funded by the European Commission, (Sino-US) "Presidential Rule of Law Initiative" co-sponsored by the American and Chinese governments, “Pace Database on the CISG and International Commercial Law” (International Association of Law Libraries, 2002 Website Award), Law School, Pace University, New York.
He has also actively participated in other domestic research projects such as Key Project of Ministry of Education Key Research Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at Universities and acts as PI in a number of research projects of Chongqing Municipality, China and SWUPL.