Biography

I am a doctoral researcher at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies with research interests pertaining to the study of law and its relationship with societies, and the study of humanities around the subject of law, in the Asian context and with a comparative approach. Before starting my studies at Oxford in 2018, I was educated in London and my hometown Hong Kong. I hold a Master of Laws in Corporate and Commercial law from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Bachelor of Laws from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I am also a lawyer with experience in commercial litigation and corporate matters. I was admitted to practise as a Solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong.

My principal interest and aspiration is to bring unique Asian perspectives to law and society, law and humanities, and comparative law scholarship. I would like to examine at what point and by what means people's legally-oriented consciousness and belief becomes the mobilisation or invocation of law; explore how law performs its meanings in a public world that is constituted through cultural practices, social institutions, and textual and audiovisual sources; investigate the characteristic traits shared by or distinguish the legal systems and traditions of jurisdictions across East and Southeast Asia; and engage doctrinal areas of private law such as corporate law, commercial law, property law, trust law, in order to unpack law from the perspective of other disciplines.

My current research project uses the concept of 'legal culture' as theoretical lens to explore the multicultural workplace disputes arising from cultural differences. In particular, I am interested in how the interplay of different attitudinal and behavioural patterns shape the emergence, transformation, and resolution of such intercultural disputes between people of different cultural backgrounds and traditions. Fieldwork was conducted in Myanmar from 2019 to 2020. I employ ethnographic research methods to capture the cross-cultural interactions between members of different socio-cultural groups in some particular time and place, taking into account the nuances and contextual variables that are locally sensitive instead of nationally aggregated. I hope components of this project will assist me with my general research interests in assessing the place of legally-oriented phenomena in society.

I am prepared to teach research methods courses, courses that cover socio-legal / law and humanities topics, and courses on doctrinal areas of law such as corporate law, commercial law, contract law, property law, and trust law.

     

    Publications

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    Journal Article (4)

    Alvin HC Hung, 'Corporate Governance or Family Governance? Re-examining the Regulation of Family-Controlled Public Companies in Hong Kong' (2020) Asian Business Lawyer (forthcoming)
    Alvin HC Hung, 'How has the Legal Consciousness of Chinese Enterprise Managers Transformed since 1949? A Study of Chinese Enterprises under Socialism' (2020) Asian Journal of Law and Society (forthcoming)

    Research Interests

    Socio-Legal Studies, Comparative Law, Property Law, Corporate and Commercial Law, Law and Humanities

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