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Dr Guan H. Tang

Guan H.

Reader in Commercial Law

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


Dr Guan H. Tang is Reader in Commercial Law, Director of Dual LLM in Commercial Law (London/Singapore), and Co-Lead of Athena Swan Implementation Group 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.

Guan’s 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 Sir 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 project includes artificial intelligence (AI) governance.

Beyond her academic life, Guan is a proud solo mother by choice.

Postgraduate Teaching

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

Thus, Guan’s modules, SOLM029 Chinese Business Law, SOLM095 IP Law in China and SOLM284  Seminar on AI Regulation, Rights and Responsibilities 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, they are managed by an elected module committee.


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

  • Artificial Intelligence Governance
  • Social Media Copyright and Censorship
  • China, the Next IP Superpower?
  • The Rule of Law in China: A Commercial Law Perspective

Conferences/conference papers


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


Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Artificial Intelligence Legal Personhood: A Company law Inspired Discussion”, AI Governance and Trade by Guan H Tang and Spyros Maniatis (Brill, 2024)
  • ‘’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 six PhDs in the field of commercial law, and is mentor to two visiting academics.

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