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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Dr Guan H. Tang

Guan H.

Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law Asia

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 6186
Room Number: Lincoln's Inn Fields


Dr Guan H. Tang is Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law, Director of Dual LLM in Commercial Law (London/Singapore) and Co-Director of Certificate in Intellectual Property Law and Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London. She was previously Senior Lecturer in Law and Programme Leader for LLM Information Rights & Practice at the Northumbria University. Before that she was Associate Professor of Civil and Commercial Law and Director of the Law Internationalisation at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.

Her academic journey started in 1998; she was awarded a scholarship to undertake her Masters at Queen's University Belfast, where she researched information technology and the law with a focus on intellectual property rights in China. She later read law with Professor Hector MacQueen and received her PhD at the University of Edinburgh Law School.

She has enlightening academic, managerial and advisory experiences in the UK and China. Holding an insight about the rule of law in China and its relevance to the rest of the world from a commercial law perspective, her research has a strong theme of comparative intellectual property and technology. Her current research includes artificial intelligence (AI) and the legal status, and the legal and technological response to social media copyright and censorship.

Postgraduate Teaching

Taking an approach of learning by teaching and student-centred education, Guan pays great attention to applying learning theories in preparation and delivery, and creates teaching contents and styles that focus directly on student needs and aptitudes. She believes that university teaching should be inspiring, and it would be far more important to teach students to fish than to give them fish.

Thus, her modules, SOLM029 Chinese Business Law and SOLM095 IP Law in China, examine topical issues in the broad areas of commercial law on a comparative basis and consist of two main components, lecturer-led seminars and student-chaired roundtables. And, both are managed by an elected module committee.


Research Interests:

Guan welcomes proposals for both academic and consultative collaboration within her expertise. Her current research include

  • Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Person
  • Social Media Copyright and Censorship: Will Technology Be the Saviour?
  • The New Trademark Law in China
  • The 2020 Amendments of Copyright Law of the People’s Republic of China
  • Will China Become the Next IP Superpower? An Empirical Study
  • The Rule of Law in China: A Commercial Law Perspective

Works in progress

  • Artificial Intelligence and Artificial Person: Don’t Count Your Chickens Before Your Eggs Have Hatched?


Guan has published numerous conference proceedings, peer-reviewed papers, and book chapters. Her works include:


Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • ‘’Human Rights’’, Case Analysis by Ji Weidong and Yang Li (SJTU, 2021)
  • “Competition and Copyright: Law and Enforcement in the People's Republic of China”, Competition Law and Intellectual Property in China by Spyros Maniatis, Wang Xiaoye and Ioannis Kokkoris (OUP, 2019)
  • “WTO Law”, Legal English - Unified Textbooks for the HEIs of PRC (PUP, 2017)
    “Moral Rights in China”, Moral Rights 2nd Ed by Gillian Davies and Kevin Garnett, (Sweet & Maxwell, 2016) 
  • “Public Archives and Public Copyright: The Chinese Tale”, European Intellectual Property Review (2012) Issue 4, 267-276
  • “Is Administrative Enforcement the Answer? Copyright Protection in the Digital Era” Computer Law and Security Review (2010) Vol 26, No 4, 406-417; reprinted in Copyright Law in the Making - European and Chinese Perspectives by Sylvia Kierkegaard and Willem Grosheide (eds.), (CO-REACH, 2012) DOI: 10.1016/j.clsr.2010.05.006
  • “Moral Rights in China”, Moral Rights 1st Ed by Kevin Garnett and Gillian Davies, (Sweet & Maxwell, 2010)
  • “Copyright, Censorship and Privacy: Is Cyberspace Over Crowded?” International Journal of Intellectual Property Management (2008) Vol 2, No 2, 201-219 DOI: 10.1504/IJIPM.2008.019342
  • A Comparative Study of Copyright & the Public Interest in the UK and China, SCRIPTed - A Journal of Law, Technology & Society (2004) Vol 1, No 2, 319-347 DOI: 10.2966/scrip.010204.272


Currently, Guan supervises five PhDs in the field of commercial law, and is mentor to two visiting academics.

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