Alvin Hoi-Chun Hung

DPhil Socio-Legal Studies

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Lady Margaret Hall


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 society, and the study of humanities around the subject of law, in the Asian context and with a comparative approach. Before starting my doctoral research at Oxford, 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 and near-law phenomena performs their 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 and commercial law, property law, trust law, in order to unpack law from the perspective of other disciplines.

My current research project employs the concept of 'legal culture' as theoretical lens to explore the cultural elements in management-labour relations. In particular, I am interested in how the interplay of different attitudinal and behavioural patterns shape the emergence, transformation, and resolution of workplace disputes. My fieldwork was conducted in Myanmar from 2019 to 2020, as I employed ethnographic research methods of participant observation and semi-structured interviews, taking into account the nuances and contextual variables that are locally sensitive. 

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.


    Research Interests

    Law and Society, Law and Humanities, Comparative Law, Corporate Law, Property Law, Qualitative Methods