Courses a.y. 2022/2023
I am an assistant professor of comparative private law. I have written on topics in contract theory, American, Chinese and European business and private law. Prior to joining Bocconi, I taught at Tulane Law School, City University of Hong Kong, visited Paris II and Trieste and conducted post-doctoral research at Max Planck Institute. I am a member of the New York State Bar and European Law Institute. I am the author and editor of two books published by Cambridge Press and one by Edward Elgar. I authored a dozen journal articles in Tulane Law Review and Michigan State Law Review, NYU Journal of Law and Business, American Journal of Jurisprudence etc. My work has been translated into Chinese and Spanish. I earned a law degree in China along with a J.D., an LL.M. and an S.J.D. from Tulane Law School. I am currently leading a comparative study of contract law with the aim of drafting a model sales law for the Greater Bay Area in China. I am also developing a moral theory of contracts, contract as voluntary commutative justice, that would explain both common law and civil law contract doctrine coherently.
My research connects doctrines, cases, legal history and moral philosophy. I often write about the doctrinal inconsistencies in private law in America, China and continental Europe and trace them back to theoretical incoherence.
I also use empirical methods (judge interviews, fact-based questionnaires etc.) to study the inconsistencies between doctrinal rules and their applications in reality.
My main research interest is to use the Aristotelian idea of commutative justice to explain private law. I am also interested in studying the doctrinal issues arising out of the codification of Chinese civil law.
The Maze of Contemporary Contract Theory and a Way Out
American Journal of Jurisprudence (forthcoming)
The three myths of tort law in the Chinese Civil Code
THE ITALIAN LAW JOURNAL, 9999
The rule against recovery of pure economic loss in China: a misconceived doctrine
TULANE LAW REVIEW, 9999
The making of a civil code in China: promises and perils of a new civil law
TULANE LAW REVIEW, 2021
An introduction to the comparative study of private law : readings, cases, materials
Chinese tort law: tradition, transplants and some difficulties
Comparative tort law : global perspectives, 2021
Contract as voluntary commutative justice
MICHIGAN STATE LAW REVIEW, 2020
Enforcing the bargain v. materiality requirement: the future of disclosure-only settlements post-Trulia
PACE LAW REVIEW, 2018
Freedom to mislead: the fictitious freedom to contract around fraud under Delaware law
NYU JOURNAL OF LAW & BUSINESS, 2017
Freedom of contract under state supervision
JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL LAW, 2016
Chinese tort law between tradition and transplants
Comparative tort law global perspectives, 2015
Enlarged state power to declare nullity: the hidden state interest in the Chinese contract law
JOURNAL OF CIVIL LAW STUDIES, 2014
Towards a Model Sales Law in the Greater Bay Area: A Comparative Study of Contract Law in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau
Edward Elgar Publishing, 2024
The Making of the Chinese Civil Code: Promises and Persistent Problems
Cambridge University Press, 2023