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Mr. Sheng Zhang is an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean at Xian Jiaotong University School of Law. He is a director of the Chinese Society of International Law and an editor of the Chinese Journal of Comparative Law OUP. He is also one of the contributors of the BIT program of the Investmentclaims (OUP). He mainly focuses on international investment law and comparative law.



2017.9-2017.10 Visiting Scholar at Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Law and International Private Law

2012.1-2012.12  Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge

2010.9-2011.8 Visiting PhD student at Max-Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

2009.3-2013.7 Doctoral Candidate at Xi’an Jiaotong University

2006.9-2009.3 LLM in Economic Law, Xi’an Jiaotong University

2002.9-2006.7 LLB in Law, Xi’an Jiaotong University



2016.12- Assistant Dean (International Affairs), School of Law, Xi’an Jiaotong University

2016.5- Associate Professor, School of Law, Xi’an Jiaotong University

2013.7-2016.5 Lecturer, School of Law, Xi’an Jiaotong University

2015.4- Assistant Director, Silk Road Institute for International and Comparative Law, Xi’an



1. Books

(1) Sheng Zhang, “Treaty Interpretation in International Investment Arbitration”, Law Press, 2016. (Monograph, in Chinese)

(2) Wenhua Shan, Sheng Zhang and Chaoen Wang (eds.), A Study on the Legal Issues involving the trade and invesmtent facilitation in the context of the Silk Road Ecnomic Belt, Law Press, 2018.

2. Chapters

(1) Sheng Zhang, China and the Investment Treaty Regime: Rule Taker or Rule Maker?, in Mahdev Mohan and Chester Brown (eds.), The Asian Turn in Foreign Investment, Cambridge University Press (Forthcoming)

(2) Sheng Zhang, Foreign Investors and Foreign Investment, in Han Liyu (ed.), International Investment Law, Renmin University Press, 2018 (in Chinese)

(3) Sheng Zhang, A Study on the Canada’s Energy Investment Legal Regime, in Liu Chen (ed.), Canada Policy Development Report: 2016, Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, 2017. (in Chinese)

(4) Wenhua Shan and Sheng Zhang, the Potential EU-China BIT: Issues and Implications, in EU and Investment Agreements: Open Questions and Remaining Challenges, Marc Bungenberg, August Reinisch and Christian Tietje(ed), NOMOS and Hart Publishing, March 2013. 

3. Peer Review Articles

(1) Sheng Zhang, the Space of Diplomatic Protection under the Interntional Investment Treaties Regime, Peking University Law Journal, 2017, 29(4): 1091-1101. (in Chinese)

(2) Sheng Zhang, “Legislative Develpment in China in 2015”, Chinese Journal of Comparative Law, 2016, 4(2): 347-370.

(3) Sheng Zhang and Peng Wang, “Legislative Develpment in China in 2014”, Chinese Journal of Coparative Law, 2015, 3(2):408-429.

(4) Sheng Zhang, “Reflections on and Options for the Internaitonal Investment Law Regime Development”, Chinese Review of International Law, 2015, 2(1):110-117. (in Chinese)

(5) Sheng Zhang, “Legislative Development in China in 2013”, Chinese Journal of Comparative Law, 2014, 2(2):401-418.

(6) Wenhua Shan and Sheng Zhang, “Market Access Provisions in the Potential EU Model BIT: Toward a ‘Global Model BIT 2.0’?”, Journal of World Investment and Trade, 2014, 15(3): 422-453.

(7) Sheng Zhang, “Treaty Interpretation Issues in International Investment Arbitration and the Countermeasures”, Journal of International Ecnomic Law, 201421(4):130-166. (in Chinese)

(8) Sheng Zhang, “The China-United States BIT Negotiations: A Chinese Perspective”, Columbia FDI Perspective, No.112, January 2014.

(9) Sheng Zhang, “An Inquiry on US 2012 Model BIT and Its Acceptability for China”, Morden Law Science, 2013, 35(5):149-160. (in Chinese)

(10) Sheng Zhang, “Legislative Development in China in 2012”, Chinese Journal of Comparative Law, 2013, 1(2): 381-408.

(11) Wenhua Shan, Norah Gallagher and Sheng Zhang, “National Treatment for Foreign Investment in China: A Changing Landscape”, ICSID Review, 2012, 27(1):91-115.

(12) Sheng Zhang, “The Energy Charter Treaty and China: Member or Bystander?”, Journal of World Investment & Trade, 2012, 13(4): 597-617.

(13) Wenhua Shan and Sheng Zhang, “FDI in China and the Role of Law: An Empirical Approach”, Journal of World Investment & Trade, 2011, 12(4): 457-486.

(14) Wenhua Shan and Sheng Zhang, “The Treaty of Lisbon: Half Way towards a Common Investment Policy”, European Journal of International Law, 2010, 21(4): 1049-1073.

(15) Sheng Zhang, “Bilateral Investment Treaty Overview—China and Commentaries on 120 BITs”, Oxford University Press Online Publication (investmentclaims.com), OUP reference: IC-TOV6 (2008).



(1) Sheng Zhang, “Reform of the International Investment Dispute Settlement Mechanism and China’s Approach”, China Postdoctoral Research Foundation Funded Project (Special Fund), Grant No. 2018T111029.

(2) Sheng Zhang, Transborder Data Flows in International Investment Agreements, China Law Society Research Fund, Grant No. CLS2017C59.

(3) Sheng Zhang, “EU’s Investment Court System and China-EU BIT Negotiations”, China Postdoctoral Research Foundation Funded Project, Grant No. 2017M620443.

(4) Sheng Zhang, “Studies on the Dispute Settlement Mechanism in the Investment Chapter of the TPP Negotiations”, State Social Science Fund, Grant No. 14CFX052.

(5) Sheng Zhang, “An Inquiry into the Market Access Issues in the China-US Bilateral Investment Treaty Negotiations”, China Postdoctoral Research Foundation Funded Project, Grant No. 2014M552421.

(6) Sheng Zhang, “Studies on Establishing the Silk Road Economic Belt Investment Agreement”, Shaanxi Province Post Doctor Research Fund



Sheng Zhang, The Treaty of Lisbon: Half Way toward a Common Investment Policy (Co-author with W Shan), The Sixth Session of the Higher Institution’s Excellent Scientific Research Achievement Award (Humanities and Social Science), Ministry of Education, March 2013.