Associate Professor Heng Wang

Heng Wang is an associate professor and co-director of UNSW Law's Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law (CIBEL) Centre, the largest centre in this field outside China. 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). He was a visiting professorial fellow at UNSW Law (2012-2015).

Heng has spoken at the WTO Headquarters and over 50 universities in America, Europe, and Asia, including Harvard University, Oxford 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, Xiamen University, and China University of Political Science and Law, and will teach a course on China and international economic law at the National University of Singapore. 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 a 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 Journal of International Economic LawJournal of World Trade, Cornell International Law Journal, Columbia Journal of Asian Law, and Tsinghua China Law Review. His research has been often quoted such as by scholars from Oxford University and the Max Planck Institute. Heng’s research interest focuses on the frontline of China’s international economic law practice (e.g. the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China-US economic relationship, free trade agreements, possible central bank digital currency), its rationale and implications. One of his recent papers explores China’s approach to the BRI.

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 member of governing council of all three Chinese societies of international economic law or WTO law.

Heng has advised or provided training to the government, international organization (the APEC), and the private sector, and is an arbitrator of arbitration institutions in China and Europe.

He has been interviewed by media in Australia, China, and the US, including by the BBC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Australian, the South China Morning Post, and Xinhua News Agency.

Book Chapters

Wang H, 2019, 'Building Towards the RCEP? Reflections on the ASEAN-China FTA', in ASEAN Law in the New Regional Economic Order: Global Trends and Shifting Paradigms, Cambridge University Press,

Wang H, 2019, 'The Legal Issues of RCEP Investment Rules: A Sino-ASEAN Perspective', in Mukherjee D (ed.), Economic Integration in Asia: Key Prospects and Challenges with the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, Routledge,

Wang H, 2019, 'The RCEP Investment Rules and China: Learning from the Malleability of Chinese FTAs', in China's International Investment Strategy-- Bilateral, Regional, and Global Law and Policy

Wang H, 2018, 'An Analytical Introduction to the ChAFTA: Features and Challenges', in The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement: A 21st Century Model, pp. 19 - 44,

Wang H, 2017, 'An asian perspective on smes in international economic law: Opportunities and challenges arising from the tpp', in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in International Economic Law, pp. 189 - 215,

Wang H, 2017, 'The Differences Between China’s Recent FTA and the TPP', in Paradigm Shift in International Economic Law Rule-Making, Springer

Wang H, 2016, 'Subsidies Issues in Renewable Energy Trade', in Matsushita M; Schoenbaum T (ed.), Emerging Issues in Sustainable Development : International Trade Law and Policy Relating to Natural Resources, Energy, and the Environment, Springer, pp. 343 - 352

Wang H, 2009, 'Enhancing business participation in trade policy-making: Lessons from China', in Redesigning the World Trade Organization for the Twenty-first Century, pp. 257 - 284


Wang H, 2010, 服务原产地规则研究 (The Rules on the Origin of Service), Law Press, China, Beijing

Edited Books

Picker C; Wang H; Zhou W, (eds.), 2018, China - Australia Free Trade Agreement: A 21st-Century Model, 1, Hart Publishing, Oxford; Portland, Oregon,

Wang H, (ed.), 2015, Legal Issues of China's Response to WTO Disputes

Wang H; Zhang X; Chen Y, (eds.), 2012, International Economic Law

Chesterman S, 2008, An international rule of law?, 2,

Journal articles

Wang H, 2019, 'China’s Approach to the Belt and Road Initiative: Scope, Character and Sustainability', Journal of International Economic Law,

Wang H, 2019, 'How May China Respond to the U.S. Trade Approach? Retaliatory, Inclusive and Regulatory Responses', Columbia Journal of Asian Law,

Wang H, 2019, 'The Future of Deep Free Trade Agreements: The Convergence of TPP (and CPTPP) and CETA?', Journal of World Trade

Wang H, 2018, 'Divergence, Convergence or Crossvergence of Chinese and US Approaches to Regional Integration: Evolving Trajectories and Their Implications', Tsinghua China Law Review, vol. 10, pp. 149 - 185,

Xi J; Zhou W; Wang H, 2018, 'The impact of the China–Australia Free Trade Agreement on Australia's education exports to China: A legal and economic assessment', World Economy, vol. 41, pp. 3503 - 3523,

Wang H, 2017, 'The rcep and Its Investment Rules: Learning from Past Chinese ftas', The Chinese Journal of Global Governance, vol. 3, pp. 160 - 181,

Wang H, 2016, 'The Implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership for SMEs: Opportunities and Challenges', KLRI Journal of Law and Legislation, vol. 6, pp. 45 - 82,

Wang H, 2016, 'The features of China's recent FTA and their implications: An anatomy of the China-Korea FTA', Asian Journal of WTO and International Health Law and Policy, vol. 11, pp. 115 - 154,

Wang H, 2016, 'The challenges of China’s recent FTA: An anatomy of the China-Korea FTA', Journal of World Trade, vol. 50, pp. 417 - 446


Wang H; Hui K, 2013, 'Fair and Equitable Treatment of International Investment Law', Law Science (Fa Xue)

Wang H; Guo H, 2013, 'Law and Economic Analysis of WTO Domestic Regulation Disciplines for Services Trade', Wuhan University International Law Review (Wu Da Guo Ji Fa Ping Lun)

Wang H, 2012, 'The interpretation of GATS disciplines on economic integration: GATS commitments as a threshold?', Journal of World Trade, vol. 46, pp. 397 - 438

Wang H; Ke Y, 2012, 'The Substantive Rules of Domestic Regulation in the GATS: Flaws and Strategies', Law Science (Fa Xue)

Wang H, 2012, 'On the Application of International Services Trade Law to Climate Change: A Perspective from General Exceptions', Modern Law Science (Xian Dai Fa Xue)

Wang H; Wang G, 2012, 'On British Depositor Protection Scheme Reform in the Post-Financial Crisis Era: Perfection of China’s Depositor Protection System', Contemporary Law Review (Dang Dai Fa Xue)

Wang H, 2010, 'WTO Origin Rules for Services and the Defects: Substantial Input Test as One Way Out?', JOURNAL OF WORLD TRADE, vol. 44, pp. 1083 - 1108,

Wang H, 2006, 'Chinese views on modern marco polos: New foreign trade amendments after WTO accession', Cornell International Law Journal, vol. 39, pp. 329 - 369

Working Papers

Wang H, 2011, China, Free Trade Agreements and WTO Law: A Perspective on the Trade in Services, EUI Working Paper MWP 2011/05, http://dx.doi.org

International economic law, Chinese law, trade law