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School of Business and Management

Dr Min Yan


Senior Lecturer in Business Law; Programme Director for BSc Business with Law

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 3928
Room Number: Room 3.03a, Francis Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus
Office Hours: By appointment only.




Dr Min Yan is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Business Law and Director of BSc Business with Law Programme at Queen Mary University of London. He joins Queen Mary from King’s College London, where he obtained a PhD in Law. He also holds a LLM with distinction from Durham University and fellowship of Higher Education Academy.

Min’s research engages with the intersection between business and law and specialises in corporate law, corporate governance, and corporate responsibility. Min has published in leading refereed journals such as Legal Studies, Journal of Corporate Law Studies, Asia Pacific Law Review, Hong Kong Law Journal and well-known U.S. law reviews such as Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business, Delaware Journal of Corporate Law, Hastings Business Law Journal and Columbia Journal of Asian Law. His monograph Beyond Shareholder Wealth Maximisation is published by Routledge in 2018 (paperback in 2019). Min’s research has also been featured on the Oxford Business Law Blog, Business Times and Columbia University’s Blog on Corporations and the Capital Markets etc.

Min is also a dual qualified English and Chinese solicitor. Before entering academia, Min practiced law and worked as a legal consultant



  • BUS329: Corporate Law and Governance
  • BUSM179: Selected Issues in Commercial and Company Law


Min is a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.



Research Interests:

Dr Min Yan’s research interests are in general in the fields of corporate law, corporate governance, and comparative business law studies. Some of his current research projects include:

  • Dual class share structures
  • CSR and ESG
  • Corporate social (ir)responsibility and nature of corporation
  • Purpose of corporation and corporate sustainability
  • (Minority) investor protection and managerial accountability
  • Legal transplant of corporate law and governance in China





Journal articles


Book chapters

  • M Yan, ‘Business Ethics and Regulation’ in H Huang et al. (eds), Business Ethics (Peking University Press, Beijing 2021) 245–261
  • M Yan, ‘The Modern Corporation and Private Property’ in S. Idowu et. al. (eds), Encyclopedia of Sustainable Management (Springer, Cham 2020)
  • M Yan, ‘Corporate Objectives’ in S. Idowu et. al. (eds), Encyclopedia of Sustainable Management (Springer, Cham 2020)
  • M Yan, ‘Stakeholder Model’ in S. Idowu et. al. (eds), Encyclopedia of Sustainable Management (Springer, Cham 2020)
  • M Yan, ‘Residual Claimant Theory’ in S. Idowu et. al. (eds), Encyclopedia of Sustainable Management (Springer, Cham 2020)


Translation work

  • M Yan et. a, Timothy L. Fort & Stephen B. Presser’s The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business (Angle Publishing, Taipei forthcoming)




Areas of Supervision Expertise:

Dr Yan welcomes prospective PhD students who would like to do research in a broad area of corporate law, corporate governance, corporate responsibility and ESG. Students with law and economics background are particularly welcome to apply. For an informal discussion, please send your resume and research proposal to the above email address.

Current Doctoral Students:

1st Supervisor

  • Majd Fadel, ‘A Closer Look into the Reform of Investor Protection in Limited Liability Companies: A Case of Saudi Arabia’



  • Shiyu Tang, ‘The Effects of ESG disclosure in promoting Corporate Sustainability: Evidence from China’.
  • Rym Mouelhi, 'The determinants of Corporate Social Responsibility in Developing countries compared to Developed countries: A comparative study between Tunisia, France and the United Kingdom'
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