Dr Wei Wen

Lecturer - School of Law

Wei Wen

Phone: +61 2 6773 5853

Email: wei.wen@une.edu.au

Biography

Dr Wei Wen holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Law (Ph.D.) degree from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, a Master of Laws in Common Law (LL.M.) degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in Hong Kong and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) in Beijing.

Dr Wen completed a PhD thesis that investigates the Statute of Frauds in the context of land contracts across Australia, the United States and England and its Chinese counterparts, leading to a legal reform recommendation that should be submitted to China’s supreme legislature, under the supervision of Professor Dimity Kingsford-Smith and Professor Keith Mason (AC, QC). He was also a Guest Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, the University of New South Wales.

Dr Wen has several publications. His paper ‘Contractual Damages and Post-Sidhu Proprietary Estoppel: A Further Blow to the Statute of Frauds?’ was published by Property Law Review, an Australian peer review journal. This paper investigates the direction of remedies offered by the new version of Australian proprietary estoppel in informal land interests’ cases after a High Court decision Sidhu v Van Dyke in 2014.

Another paper of his ‘How American Common Law Doctrines May Inform Mainland China to Achieve Certainty in Land Sale Contracts’ has been published by Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal. This journal has been ranked number 1 globally in the area of Asian law by Washington and Lee Law Journal Rankings 2014 and 2015.

Dr Wen has acted as an Editor-in-Chief and an Editorial Board Chair of International Journal of Rural Law and Policy (as part of the Research Committee at School of Law, UNE). He is also a member of the China Sub-Committee of International Committee and the Relationships Working Committee at School of Law UNE. Dr Wen has written peer review reports (by invitation) for world’s leading journals including University of New South Wales Law Journal.

Dr Wen is proficient in English, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese, Simplified and Traditional Chinese.

SSRN author page: http://ssrn.com/author=1997946

Memberships

Associate Member, Private Law Policy & Research Group, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales, Australia;

Member, Commercial Law Association of Australia

Teaching Areas

LAW272: Law of Contract II (acted as a unit convenor/co-ordinator in Trimester 1 2017)

LAW340: Equity and Trusts

LAW171: Law of Contract I

Research Interests

Comparative contract, property, torts between Chinese and common law jurisdictions (Australia, the United States and England), equity, legal reform and policy-making

Publications

Wei Wen, ‘Contractual Damages and Post-Sidhu Proprietary Estoppel: A Further Blow to the Statute of Frauds? ’ (2015) 5 Property Law Review 32 (peer review);

Wei Wen, ‘How American Common Law Doctrines May Inform Mainland China to Achieve Certainty in Land Sale Contracts’ (2015) 17(1) Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal 1;

Wei Wen, “The Monetary Compensation Offered by Post-Sidhu Proprietary Estoppel: One Step Closer to Undermining the Statute of Frauds?”, by invitation at the 13th Australasian Property Law Teachers Conference 2016, School of Law, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, April 14-15 2016. (fully funded by the University of New England);

Wei Wen, “Addressing the Uncertainties of Chinese Land Contracts: A Solution from American Experience?”, by invitation at the 4th Annual Conference of the Young Comparativists Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law, College of Law, Florida State University, the United States, April 16-17 2015.