Ling is reading for a DPhil in Socio-Legal Studies under the supervision of Prof. Fernanda Pirie. Her research analyses the emergence and changing nature of consumer law and regulation in China over the past three decades from a comparative and international perspective, giving particular attention to the roles that the state and various social actors play in enhancing consumers’ access to justice, and the ways in which consumers perceive disputes and use the legal and administrative systems in the PRC to try to secure consumer justice.

Prior to joining the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Ling studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) for an LLM in International and Comparative Commercial Law. During her undergraduate studies, she spent a year in Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan) as an exchange student working on Japanese language and law and society issues in Japan.


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  • Zhou, 'Unrepresented Parties as "Professionals" in China’s Consumer Dispute Processes' in Maria-Frederica Moscati, Michael Palmer, and Marian Roberts (eds), Comparative Dispute Resolution: A Research Handbook (Edward Elgar Publishing 2018) (forthcoming)
  • Zhou, 'Consumer Council Dispute Resolution: A Case Study ' (2016) 10 Journal of Comparative Law 254
  • Zhou, 'Book Review, Chinese Justice: Civil Dispute Resolution in Contemporary China, Edited by Margaret Y. K. WOO and Mary E. Gallagher' (2014) 218 The China Quarterly 561 [Review]
  • Zhou, 'The Independent Director System and its Legal Transplant into China' (2012) 6 Journal of Comparative Law 262


Research Interests

Consumer protection; Access to justice and dispute resolution; Law and society; Comparative legal studies

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