School of Business and Management

Dr Min Yan


Lecturer in Business Law

Telephone: +44(0) 20 7882 3928
Room Number: Room 3.03, Bancroft Building, Mile End campus


Student drop-in and feedback hours

Tuesday 15:00 - 17:00


Programme Director of BSc Business with Law

Second Year Academic Advisor 


Dr Min Yan is a Lecturer in Business Law. 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. Min specialises in corporate law and corporate governance, and his recent research focuses on corporate objective including managerial unaccountability, agency cost, shareholders’ short-term interests and stakeholder theory among others. Before entering academia, Min practiced law and worked as a legal consultant for commercial companies in China. 


Research Interests:

Dr Min Yan’s research interests are in general in the fields of corporate law, corporate governance, and comparative business law studies. His recent publications focus on corporate objective and endeavour to overcome narrower shareholder wealth maximisation from a legal and economic aspect.

Some of his current research projects include:

  • Stakeholder theory
  • Agency theory and agency cost
  • Managerial accountability and directors’ duties
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • State-owned enterprises and family-owned enterprises
  • 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 forthcoming)

 Work in progress

  • M Yan, ‘Corporate Social Responsibility vs. Shareholder Value Maximization: Through the lens of hard and soft law’ Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 280/2018



PhD Supervision

Dr Yan welcomes prospective PhD students who would like to do research in a broad area of corporate law, corporate governance and corporate responsibility. 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

Joint Primary Supervisor:

  • Rym Mouelhi, ‘The determinants of CSR for local firms in Tunisia compared to the UK’ (with full scholarship)