Dr. Shitong Qiao is visiting Duke Law from the University of Hong Kong where he is assistant professor of law and co-director of the LLM Program in Chinese Law. At the University of Hong Kong, he teaches comparative property law, law of cities, law and development, and Chinese law, and has won the Faculty Research Award. He served as the Global Associate Professor of Law at NYU School of Law in Fall 2017.
Dr. Qiao’s current research focuses on the political economy of property rights and is supported by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Hong Kong Research Grant Council. In the past 15 years, Dr. Qiao has conducted extensive academic fieldwork in multiple settings ranging from rural villages, urban villages, to urban middle class residential neighborhoods in China, exploring the interplay of law, social norms and the government’s role in these contexts. His research articles appear in Minnesota Law Review, Southern California Law Review, Iowa Law Review, American Journal of Comparative Law, Canadian Journal of Law and Society, Tsinghua Law Journal (清华法学), among others.
His book, “Chinese Small Property: The Co-Evolution of Law and Social Norms,” was published in 2017 by Cambridge University Press. In dissertation form, it won the Judge Ralph K. Winter Prize (awarded annually to the best student paper written in law and economics at Yale Law School). The book has since won the inaugural Masahiko Aoki Award for Economic Paper and the HKU Research Output Prize (awarded annually to the best research output of each faculty).
Dr. Qiao graduated from Wuhan University (LL.B.), Peking University (MPhil in Law), and Yale University (LL.M., J.S.D.) with numerous prizes, including the Top Academic Prize from Peking University. As a law student in China, Dr. Qiao drafted an ordinance for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce under the supervision of his then graduate advisor, and clerked at the Hubei High People’s Court.
Dr. Qiao has passed the National Judicial Examination of China and the New York State Bar. He has provided expert opinions on the Chinese land regime to government agencies both inside and outside of China, including the Shenzhen city government and the Ontario Securities Commission.