Dr Min Yan
Lecturer in Business Law
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTelephone: +44(0) 20 7882 3928Room Number: Room 3.03, Bancroft Building, Mile End campus
Student drop-in and feedback hours
Tuesday 15:00 - 17:00
First Year Academic Advisor
Dr Min Yan is a Lecturer in Business Law. He joined 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.
Corporate Law and Governance (BUS329)
Selected Issues in Commercial and Company Law (BUSM179)
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 comparative corporate governance and corporate social responsibility from a legal and economic aspect.
Some of his current research projects include:
Agency theory and agency cost
Corporate social responsibility
Dual-class share structure
Legal transplant of corporate law and governance in China
- M Yan, Beyond Shareholder Wealth Maximisation: Towards A More Suitable Corporate Objective for Chinese Companies (Routledge, London 2018)
- M Yan, ‘The Corporate Objective Revisited: Part I’ (2017) 38(1) Business Law Review 14-20.
- M Yan, ‘The Corporate Objective Revisited: Part II’ (2017) 38(2) Business Law Review 55-60.
- M Yan, ‘Evolution of the Corporation and the Shareholders’ Role in China’ (2015) 26(11) International Company and Commercial Law Review 355-363.
- M Yan, ‘Agency Theory Re-examined: An Agency Relationship and Residual Claimant Perspective’ (2015) 26(4) International Company and Commercial Law Review 139-144.
- M Yan and Y Wang, ‘The Objective of the Company’ (2013) 8(3) Frontiers of Law in China 423-520
- M Yan, ‘The Failure of the Entity Model’ (2013) 34(9) The Company Lawyer 272-280.
- M Yan, ‘Why Not Stakeholder Theory’ (2013) 34(5) The Company Lawyer 148-158.
- M Yan, ‘Morality—an Equivocal Area in Patent System’ (2012) 34(4) European Intellectual Property Review 261-265.
- M Yan, ‘The Law Surrounding the Facilitation of Online Copyright Infringement’ (2012) 34(2) European Intellectual Property Review 122-126.
- M Yan, ‘Obstacles in China’s Corporate Governance’ (2011) 32(10) The Company Lawyer 311-320.
- M Yan, ‘Remedies under the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (1980) and the Sale of Goods Act 1979: A Comparative Examination’ (2011) 3(1) City University of Hong Kong Law Review 111-139.
- M Yan, ‘How Successful does UK Company Law Minimise the Agency Costs between Shareholders and Executives’  1 Shanghai University Law Review 162-168 (in Chinese).
- 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
- M Yan, ‘Lessons from the Evolution of Corporations and Shareholder Rights in China’ Columbia Law School’s Blog on Corporations and the Capital Markets available at http://clsbluesky.law.columbia.edu/2017/11/24/lessons-from-the-evolution-of-corporations-and-shareholder-rights-in-china/
- M Yan, An analysis of Adolf Berle and Gardiner Means, The Modern Corporation and Private Property commissioned (10,000 words) by Mouseion Professors Limited, UK
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)