Online Seminar: Recent Developments in Chinese Labour Law

On 22 November 2021, the Finnish China Law Center will organize an online mini seminar titled ‘Recent Developments in Chinese Labour Law’.

Time: 22 November, 09:15 – 10:50 Finnish time

Venue: Zoom

Event speakers include Ronald Brown, Law Professor at the University of Hawai’i Law School, Wang Tianyu, Professor at Department of Social Law, Institute of Law, Chinese Academy of Social Science, Yan Tian, Assistant Professor & Assistant Dean at Peking University Law School, and Ulla Liukkunen, Professor of Labour Law and Private International Law at Faculty of Law University of Helsinki and Director of the Finnish China Law Center.

The seminar programme can be found here.

The seminar is open to all. However, registration is required to receive the Zoom meeting information.

We kindly ask you to register by 19 November by completing the following electronic form: 

If you have any questions, please contact the Center’s Coordinator via

About the chair and speakers

Ronald Brown is a Law Professor at the University of Hawai’i Law School. He has worked as an attorney for U.S. Government, continues as a labor arbitrator, and served as the University’s Director of the Center for Chinese Studies. Professor Brown teaches labor and employment law, and international labor law on China and Asia, and has lectured throughout China and Asia. He has taught at Beijing University Law School and currently serves as an Editorial Board Member on the Hague Institute for Global Justice, International Labor Rights Case Law Journal.  He has authored numerous articles and published several books on China and Asia and served as a Consultant with the World Bank on China. As a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar, he taught at both Peking University Law School and Tsinghua University Law School. Recent publications have looked at China’s FTAs and BRI in Europe and South America.

Wang Tianyu is the Associate Director of the Social Law Department and the Associate Director of the Technology and Law Research Center of the Institute of Law, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. His work focuses on labor and social security issues, especially platform labor and the gig economy in recent years. He published the first paper on platform labor in China and took part in some major policy-making and legislation consulting events. His academic views are widely spread through media interviews and newspaper columns, a big part of which is accepted by the administrative authorities and courts.

Yan Tian is an Assistant Professor & Assistant Dean at Peking University Law School. In addition to constitutional law, Assistant Professor Yan’s research interests include labour law and administrative law. He has published a monograph on employment discrimination law and several articles in the Chinese, English, and Korean languages. Previously, Professor Yan served as Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Peking University Law School. In addition to Bachelor and Master degrees from Peking University, Assistant Professor Yan has J.S.D. and LL.M. degrees from the Law School of Yale University.


Ulla Liukkunen is Professor of Labour Law and Private International Law at the University of Helsinki. She is also the Director of the Finnish Center of Chinese Law and Chinese Legal Culture and a Member of the Board of the European China Law Studies Association. Professor Liukkunen has published widely on labour law, private international law, comparative law, transnational law and governance of the social dimension of globalization. She has led two Academy of Finland international labour law research projects, “ILO Core Labour Standards Implementation in China: Legal Architecture and Cultural Logic” and “Employee Participation and Collective Bargaining in the Era of Globalization – Nordic and Chinese Perspectives” and acted as a senior researcher in the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence Foundations of European Law and Polity. Professor Liukkunen has broad experience in national and EU law drafting as a Counsellor in Legislative Affairs and she has acted as an expert in several international projects on labour law and private international law.