Alvin is reading for a DPhil at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies of the University of Oxford. Having joined the Centre in 2018, he is currently conducting research under the supervision of Professor Marina Kurkchiyan. His research interest fits within an overarching aim of exploring, amid the ever-expanding global presence of foreign direct investment (FDI), how foreign-invested enterprises negotiate, manage intercultural communications and resolve labour disputes with their host-country workers, with a particular focus on Chinese outward FDI in Myanmar. 

Alvin’s research project will use the concept of 'legal culture' as theoretical lens to explore cultural differences, from the interplay of different attitudinal and behavioural patterns such as those of communication, task-management, conflict-resolution and regulatory enforcement and compliance between people of different cultural backgrounds and traditions. Ethnographic research methods will be employed to capture the cross-cultural interactions between members of different socio-cultural groups in some particular time and place, taking into account contextual variables that are locally sensitive.

Alvin is a solicitor qualified to practise in Hong Kong, with experience in commercial litigation and corporate matters. He holds an LLM (Master of Laws) in Corporate and Commercial law from the London School of Economics and Political Science, together with an LLB (Bachelor of Laws) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Research Interests

Legal Consciousness, Legal Culture, Socio-Legal Perspectives on Dispute Resolution, Legal History

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