School of Law

Dr Guan H. Tang (唐冠虹)

Guan H.

Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law Asia

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 6186
Room Number: CCLS


Dr Guan H. Tang is Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law Asia at CCLS. She was Senior Lecturer in Law at Northumbria University in 2015, teaching and supervising in intellectual property (IP) law; Associate Professor of Law at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics in 2009 - 2015, researching, supervising and teaching in the field of Chinese civil and commercial law, including IP, Internet Law, Corporate law and contracts.

Guan's academic journey started when she was awarded a governmental scholarship in 1998, undertaking her Masters at Queen's University Belfast, where she researched information technology and the law with a focus on IPRs in China. She later read law with Professor Hector MacQueen, and received her PhD at the University of Edinburgh Law School.

Benefiting from a dual academic experience, Guan appreciates the legislative and cultural diversity, and sits on several advisory boards for a number of organisations in China and Europe. Guan’s research consists of a strong theme of comparative IP law and the public interest, with an insight about the development of the rule of law in China from a commercial law perspective and their relevance to the rest of the world. Guan welcomes proposals for collaboration in academic research and consultation.

Postgraduate Teaching

  • QLLM331  International Copyright: International Treaties and Cross-border Litigation
  • QLLM389  Copyright and Trademark in China
  • QLLM390  Patent and Design in China


Her current research projects include:

  • Chinese Commercial Law: In the Marching of the Rule of Law
  • The protection of well-known international brands under the new trademark law in China
  • Digital Library in the Internet of Things
  • Copyright protection for graffiti and street art in China
  • Will China Become the Next IP Superpower? An Empirical Study
  • “One Belt one Road”: IP in Business
  •  The Amendments of Copyright Law of the People’s Republic of China
  •  Copyright and Competition Law in China


Guan has published numerous conference proceedings, peer-reviewed papers, and book chapters. Her works include monograph book, Copyright and the Public Interest in China, by Edward Elgar Publishing.

PhD Supervision

Guan welcomes proposals for PhD research, particularly in the field of Commercial Law in Asia, with an international and comparative perspective.

Current supervisees

Ms Qiyao Dong; graduated with honor from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, her research focuses on comparative intellectual property rights. Email address:

Ms Tianyuan Huan; was previously awarded a LLB (Hons) (University of Bristol, 2014), a LLM in Commercial Law with Distinction (University of Bristol, 2015). Email address:

Ms Lingxiao Yin; a qualified lawyer in China, holds Bachelor degrees in Law and English (SDUST) and LLM in International Business Law (QMUL). She investigates the interaction among international trade, artificial intelligence and intellectual property. Email address:

Mr Okwy Mbonu

Mr Jetsaphon Niyompatama