Faculty Profile

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Henry GAO

Full-time Faculty

Professor of Law; Lee Kong Chian Fellow

Yong Pung How School of Law
  • J.D., Vanderbilt, 2002
  • Certificate of Law and Business, Law School, Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University, 2002
  • LL.M., University College London, 1999
  • Certificate in Law Teachers Program, University College London, 1999
  • LL.B. (summa cum laude), China Youth Politics Institute, 1998

Academic Positions Held

Current Appointment:

  • Professor of Law, Singapore Management University, Jul 2022-Present

Previous Appointments:

  • Associate Professor of Law (Tenured), Singapore Management University, Jan 2010-Jun 2022
  • Associate Professor of Law (tenure-track), Singapore Management University, Dec 2007-Dec 2009
  • Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong (HKU), 2005-2007
  • Lecturer, School of Law, City University of Hong Kong, 2003-2004

Other Positions

  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of International Economic Law, 2021-Present
  • Member, Advisory Board, WTO Chairs Programme, WTO Secretariat, 2009-Present
  • Member, the E15 Initiative, International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), 2012-present
  • Advisor, Asia-Pacific Research and Training Network (ARTNeT), UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), 2014-present
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Financial Regulation (Oxford University Press), 2013-present
  • Member, Editorial Board, Indonesian Journal of International Law, 2014-present
  • Consultant, The World Bank, Feb-June 2009 & April-December 2007
  • Lecturer, Training Course on Trade and Investment Integration, The Asian Development Bank, 2009-present
  • Associate, South East Asia Trade Policy Training Network (SEATRANET), 2009-Present
  • Visiting Professor, LLM in International Economic Law and Policy (IELPO) Program, Barcelona, Spain, 2008-Present
  • Lecturer, Temasek Foundation Centre for Trade & Negotiations (TFCTN) Executive Programme, 2008-Present
  • Member, Asian WTO Research Network, 2006-Present
  • Expert Adviser, The Government of Vietnam, 2007-2008
  • Member, Review Body on Bid Challenges (Under the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement), Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, 2007-Present
  • Member, International Committee on International Trade Law, International Law Association (ILA), 2006-Present
  • Rapporteur, Project on Capacity Building  for the New International Architecture in Trade and Investment, APEC, 2006-2007
  • Visiting Professor, Academy of International Trade Law, Institute of European Studies of Macau, 2006-Present
  • Member, Board of Directors, WTO Study Association of the China Law Society, 2005-Present
  • Lecturer, WTO-HKU Regional Trade Policy Course for Asia Pacific, 2004-Present
  • Adjunct Professor, Poon Kam Kai Institute of Management, The University of Hong Kong, 2004-2007
  • Legal Expert, Beijing WTO Affairs Center, 2002-Present
  • Visiting Professor, International Studies Centre, Queen's University (Canada), 2007
  • Deputy Director, East Asia International Economic Law and Policy (EAIEL) Program, The University of Hong Kong, 2005-2007
  • External Examiner, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2006
  • Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, Bond University, 2006
  • Visiting Professor, Asia-American Institute in Transnational Law, Duke University and The University of Hong Kong, 2006
  • Academic Coordinator, WTO-HKU Regional Trade Policy Course for Asia Pacific, 2005-2006
  • Expert Witness, Hong Kong Police Force, 2005
  • Visiting Professor, China Business Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2003-2005
  • Visiting Professor, China Youth Politics Institute, 2004
  • Short-term Consultant, Trade in Services Division, Secretariat of the World Trade Organization, 2003
  • Legal Intern, Appellate Body Secretariat, WTO, 2002

Honors and Awards

  • Raymonde I. Paul Scholarship in Transnational Law, Vanderbilt University, 2002
  • Dean’s Scholarship, Vanderbilt University, 1999-2002
  • UCL/China Vinson Chu Scholarship, 1998
  • Grand Prize of the National Jianhao (Genius Power) Scholarship (renamed May 4th Scholarship after 1999), China Youth League, All-China Students Federation, 1997

Courses Taught in SMU

  • WTO: Law and Policy
  • Chinese Law
  • Torts

Research Areas

  • WTO, International Trade Law
  • Chinese Law
  • Law and Economics

Areas of Specialisation

  • WTO
  • Free Trade Agreements
  • International Trade Law
  • International Law
  • Chinese Law
  • Law and Economics

Current Projects

  • China and WTO, especially China’s Free Trade Agreements Strategy and China’s Participation in WTO Dispute Settlement
  • Institutional Reform of the WTO
  • Blog: http://wtoandchina.blogspot.com/

Selected Publications

SSRN: http://ssrn.com/author=491253


Book Chapters:

  • Across the Great Wall: E-commerce Joint Statement Initiative Negotiation and China, in Shin-yi Peng, Ching-Fu Lin, & Thomas Streinz (eds.), Artificial Intelligence and International Economic Law, Cambridge University Press, 2021, 295-318, doi:10.1017/9781108954006.016.
  • Data Regulation with Chinese Characteristics, in Mira Burri ed., Big Data and Global Trade Law, Cambridge University Press, 2021, 245-267, doi:10.1017/9781108919234.017.
  • China’s Ascent in Global Trade Governance: From Rule Taker to Rule Shaker, and Maybe Rule Maker?, in Carolyn Deere-Birkbeck (ed.), Making Global Trade Governance Work for Development, Cambridge University Press, 2011, 153-180. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511996221.007.

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