Staff profile - Jane Fu

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Dr Jane Fu

Position: Senior Lecturer
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Business and Law
Department: BL Law
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 46646 +61 3 924 46646


Biography summary

Jane Fu joined the Deakin Law School in 2004, having worked at three other Australian law schools including the ANU College of Law.  Holding two first law degrees in China and Australia respectively and having had long time legal work experience in both China and Australia, Jane is specialised in comparative law, particularly in the areas of comparative commercial law, corporate law and corporate governance as well as international commercial arbitration.  In addition to these areas, Jane's research interests also include Chinese legal system and legal history, comparative constitutional law, law and society, and the WTO law.

Jane Fu is very familiar with China's law-making process and law developments.  Prior to her move to Australia in the mid-1990s, Jane Fu worked as a draftsperson and legal adviser for eight years at the Civil Law Department of the Legislative Affairs Commission of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, the People's Republic of China.  The Legislative Affairs Commission serves the legislators of the National People's Congress and its Standing Committee - China's national parliament. Jane participated in the drafting of more than 10 national law bills. Jane was seconded to the Civil Disputes Court of the then Beijing Intermediate Court for 12 months where she had heard 116 civil and commercial cases together the judges of that court.

Jane had been an academic visitor at the Faculty of Law, the Oxford University for four months and had been a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley Law School for eight months. She had been a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Peking University Law School for six months. Jane also gave seminars at Oxford University Faculty of Law, Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, China University of Politics and Law, Leeds Law School, Durham Law School, and other law schools.

Jane Fu is on the Panel of  Arbitrators of China International Econimic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and the Panel of Arbitrators of Beijing International Arbitration Centre (BIAC).

Jane Fu has a number of refereed journal articles published in Australia, China, the UK and other countries. She has published three research books (classified as A1 according to ERA standards). Currently she is working on her project on the legal issues with regards to China-Australia Free Trade Agreement. Jane was also one of the recipients of an ARC-funded Discovery project.

Jane Fu is an approved Principal High Degree Research students supervisor at Deakin University. She is happy to supervise any HDR student who is interested in one of Jane Fu's research areas.


  • Master of Laws, University of Canberra, 1998
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales, 2005
  • Bachelor of Law(s), Macquarie University, 2013


  • Australia Corporate Law Teachers Association
  • Law and Society Association
  • East Asian Law and Society
  • Australia China Business Council


Teaching Interests

Corporations Law, Business Law, Contract Law, Torts, International Commercial Arbitration

Subjects and units currently teaching

  • Corporations Law
  • Australian Legal System in Context
  • Misleading Conduct and Economic Torts
  • Law for Managers
  • Company Directors
  • Marketing Law
  • Commercial and Corporations Law

Knowledge areas

  • Comparative Corporate Goverance
  • Comparative Commercial Law
  • Australian Corporate Law
  • Australian Contract Law
  • Chinese Law
  • The WTO Law
  • Foreign Investment Law
  • Law and Society
  • Law, Economic and Politics
  • International Commercial Arbitration


Research grants

Grants Awarded

• 2010   Sole Investigator, Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University - Faculty Research Grant $8,000. Project title “Investing in the Australian Natural Resources Sector by Chinese State-owned Companies: Legal Perspectives”

• 2010 Sole Investigator, Victoria Consumer Affairs Grant $5,000. Project title: Buying Properties in Victoria: How Do the Vulnerable Chinese Immigrants Choose Non-ADI Lenders of Loans?

• 2005                              Deakin University International Studies Program ($16,000)

• 2002                             Co-Chief Investigator, Australian Research Council Discovery Grant for a three-year research project entitled “Directing China’s Top 100 Companies: Corporate Governance, Accountability and Corporate Law in the Top 100 Companies in China”. ($ 330, 000)

• 2002                                Member of the research team for a DEST funded two-year research project entitled "Corporate Governance in Post-WTO China" under the China Higher Education Strategic Initiatives - 2003/2004. ($140, 000). This team work later won the Vice-Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence in Research Teamwork category at Victoria University.



J Fu, Corporate Disclosure and Corporate Governance in China, the Hague: Wolters Kluwer Business and Law, 2010, ISBN 978-90-411-2669-6, 348 pages. (A1)

J Fu and J Yuan, PRC Company and Securities Law: A Practical Guide, Singapore, CCH Asia, 2006, ISBN 981-4197-09-2, 280 pages. (A1)

• ‘Part 6 Duties of Directors and Officers under the Hong Companies Ordinance’ pp 199 – 223 in Sweet & Maxwell Company Law in Hong Kong: Practice and Procedure, 2012, sole author.

• ‘Derivative Actions under the Chinese Law: A Common Law Perspective’ pp 470-482 in Gan Peizhong and Lou Jianbo (eds) Studies on Corporate Governance (in Chinese), Peking University Press, 2009, sole author.

• Chapter 12 “Private Enterprises and the Law” in Ross Garnaut and Ligang Song (eds) China's Third Economic Transformation: The Rise of the Private Economy, pp 166 -177, RoutledgeCurzon, the UK, 2004, sole author.

• “WTO Norms and Dispute Resolution" in Gongyi Wang and Roman Tomasic (eds) Collection of Papers of Sino-Australia Seminar on Alternative Dispute Resolution and Modern Rule of Law" Beijing, Law Press, 2003, pp 209-218 (Chinese, second co-author), pp 209-217(English, second co-author).

• "Dispute Processing in Agricultural Trade Disputes under the WTO: the Australian Experience" in Gongyi Wang and Roman Tomasic (eds) Collection of Papers of Sino-Australia Seminar on Alternative Dispute Resolution and Modern Rule of Law" (English), Beijing, Law Press, 2003, pp 167-179 (Chinese, first co-author), pp 231 - 245 (English, first co-author).

• Chapter 5 “Company Law in China” in R Tomasic (ed) Company Law in East Asia, 1999, Ashgate Press, Aldershot, England, pp135 - 181, (second co-author).

• ‘Derivative Actions as a Mechanism for Protection of Minority Shareholders in China: Theory, Law and Practice’ pp 390 – 401 in Sylvia Kierkegaard (ed) Contemporary Private Law, IAITL, 2012, sole author.

• "Regulation and Corporate Governance of China’s Top 100 Listed Companies: Whither the Rule of Law?" (2006) Company Lawyer 257-280, second co-author.

• “Derivative Actions as a Mechanism for the Protection of Minority Shareholders in China: a Result of Convergence or Divergence”, Australasian Law Teachers Association-ALTA Annual Conference, 2006, pp 3 - 22, ALTA Secretariat, Lindfield, N.S.W.,  sole author.

• "Regulation of Insider Trading in Australia and China: A Comparative Study" 2005 (12) National Judges College Law Journal (in Chinese) 78-82, sole author.

• "Information Disclosure and Corporate Governance in Listed Companies in China: from Yinguangxia to Enron", (2004) 17(1) Australian Journal of Corporate Law 48-70.

• “The Securities Law of the People’s Republic of China: An Overview”, (1999) 10(3) Australian Journal of Corporate Law 268-89, second co-author.

• “Information Disclosure and Investor Protection in China's Securities Markets”, (1998) 9(2) Australian Journal of Corporate Law 194-20, sole author.

• “The Enterprise Concept in Chinese Law and Its Application in PRC Company Law”, (1998) 8(3) Australian Journal of Corporate Law 266-99, sole author.

• “Why Arbitrate Rather Than Litigate Commercial Disputes in China? Implications for the Rule of Law”, (1998) 7 The Canterbury Law Review 65-81, sole author.

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