Staff profile

Professor Flora Huang

Professor of Law and Business




College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Derby Law School

Research centre

Better Society



Prior to joining the University of Derby in 2020, I taught in a few universities such as Essex, Leicester and Hull. I have worked for International Organisations such as the Basel Convention in Geneva and the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ) in New York. I was also a legal consultant in a Chinese bank, and an expert group member of an influential think-tank the Legatum Institute in London.

I recently received a grant from the British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship on a project 'Stock Connect: A New Model of Financial Market Integration' in 2019-2020. In 2017, I was funded by the HEFCE Newton Funds to organise a conference entitled 'Ethics and Challenges in Chinese Financial Markets' and the Erasmus+ mobility programme to visit the University of Macau. In 2016, I was awarded a City Venture Research Grant to conduct research regarding the growth stories of two cities – Hong Kong and Shenzhen. In 2013-15, I was awarded funding by the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust for the project 'A Tale of Three Cities - Unravelling the Common Law Advantage'. Furthermore, my PhD research at SOAS University of London was supported by the Central Research Fund, University of London; Universities’ China Committee in London; SOAS Additional Fieldwork Award and the AHRC Skills Fund.

In 2015, I was appointed to the Peer Review College (PRC) of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). In addition, I am also a peer reviewer of the Economic Social Research Council (ESRC), the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and the Qatar National Research Fund. I have reviewed for Journal of Corporate Law Studies; Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies; and American Journal of Comparative Law; Journal of International Trade Law and Policy and publishers such as Routledge. I was awarded Outstanding Reviewer at the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence in 2012.

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

International experience

I am experienced in end user and public/policy engagement. I was an expert group member of an influential think-tank - the Legatum Institute in London on the Global Index of Economic Openness in 2019. I worked closely with international organisations such as the UNEP and the UNHQ with respect to the legal, environmental, social and governance issues. I was also invited to give lectures and provide training to Chinese delegations of judges and financial officers. In addition, I was visiting the Shanghai Stock Exchange and the Shenzhen Stock Exchanges in 2019, and Macau University in 2017.

Recent publications