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Mimi Zou obtained her Doctor of Philosophy in Law and Bachelor of Civil Law degrees from the University of Oxford. She is an expert in Chinese and comparative employment law, as well as law and ageing issues. Dr Zou has extensive peer-reviewed publications in these fields and her research has won numerous awards, including most recently the prestigious International Associations of Labour Law ournal Marco Biagi Prize for a paper on global labour migration. Her research has been cited by the New South Wales (Australia) Court of Appeal and covered by a range of international and local media outlets such as The New York Times, BBC World, China Daily, and South China Morning Post.
Prior to joining CUHK, Dr Zou was Junior Dean of St John's College at the University of Oxford, Lecturer and Research Fellow at Utrecht University, and Senior Tutor at Sydney Business School. Besides her academic career, she has worked in corporate law at King & Wood Mallesons and Linklaters in Sydney, Hong Kong, and London, as well as in a number of international organisations, government departments, and financial institutions in Asia-Pacific and Europe for nearly 15 years. She is admitted to legal practice in England and Wales and New South Wales (Australia).
Dr Zou is a passionate about promoting innovation and technology in legal education and received the Faculty of Law's inaugural Innovation in Teaching Award in 2015. One of her e-learning projects on 'Law and Ethics in an Ageing Society' has been turned into a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and used in the Columbia University and CUHK's joint Bioethics Programme. She has also developed this project into a broader knowledge transfer project aimed at raising community awareness of a range of legal and ethical issues affecting older persons in Hong Kong.
Her other appointments at CUHK include: Associate Director of the Centre for Rights and Justice, Assistant Professor (honorary) of the Jockey Club Institute of Ageing, and Core Group member of the Centre for Bioethics. She is also an editor of the Hong Kong Law Journal.
In 2016, Dr Zou was named by the Asia Society as an 'Asia 21 Young Leader'. She was formerly a finalist in the Young Australian of the Year Awards and the British Council's Education UK Alumni Awards.
- DPhil in Law, St John's College, University of Oxford (Commonwealth Scholar)
- BCL (Distinction), Christ Church, University of Oxford (Oxford-Australia Scholar)
- Grad Dip. Legal Practice (Distinction), College of Law Australia
- LLB (1st Class Hons), University of Sydney
- B Econ Soc Sci (1st Class Hons & University Medal), University of Sydney
- Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
- Lawyer, Supreme Court of New South Wales (Australia)
- Mimi Zou, 'Regulating the Fissured Workplace: the Notion of the Employer in Chinese Employment Law' (2017) 95 Bulletin of Comparative Labour Relations 183.
- Sheera Chan and Mimi Zou. 'Understanding Employment Discrimination Litigation in China through the Notion of "Rights Apathy"' (2017) 18 Marquette Benefit & Social Welfare Law Review 141.
- Mimi Zou, 'China's Fragmented Occupational Safety And Health Regime: An Analysis Of The Work Safety Law And The Occupational Diseases Law' (2016) LAW ASIA Journal 1.
- Mimi Zou, 'Book Review – "Migrants at Work: Immigration and Vulnerability in Labour Law"' (2016) 45 Industrial Law Journal 565.
- Mimi Zou, Xuanmin Pan and Sirui Han, 'Regulating Collective Labour Disputes in China: A Tale of Two Actors' (2016) 10 Journal of Comparative Law 276.
- Mimi Zou, 'Taiwo (App.) v Olaigbe and another (Resp.) and Onu (App.) v Akwiwu and another (Resp.)  UKSC 31' (2016) 30 Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law 387.
- Mimi Zou, 'Women hold up half the sky? Substantive Equality and the Right to Development' (2016) 2 Zhong guo ren quan pin lun 46 (Chinese Human Rights Review).
- James Goudkamp and Mimi Zou, 'The Defence of Illegality in Tort Law: Beyond Judicial Redemption?' (2015) 74 Cambridge Law Journal 13.
- Cited by the New South Wales Court of Appeal in Croucher v Cachia  NSWCA 132 (9 June 2016) at .
- Mimi Zou, 'The Legal Construction of Hyper-dependence and Hyper-Precarity in Migrant Work Relations' (2015) 31 International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations 141.
- Chosen as the 'leading contribution and exemplary of the work published' by the journal's editors in 2015 for inclusion in the International Association of Labour Law Journals' Annual Yearbook.
- Selected as one of the top three articles in the 2016 Taylor and Francis Commonwealth Scholars Best Journal Article Prize (among 80 entries from diverse scientific disciplines).
- Mimi Zou, 'Immigration Law as Labour Market Regulation: Temporary Migration Status and Migrant Work Relations' (2015) 1 Mondi Migranti 43.
- Mimi Zou, 'Legal Issues Regarding Confidentiality and Consent in HIV Testing in Hong Kong' (2015) 7 Asian Bioethics Review 402.
- Jean Woo, Helen Chan, Alice Chong, Mimi Zou, Roger Chung and Timothy Kwok, 'Medical Ethical Principles may Drive Improvement of Quality of Dying in Hong Kong' (2015) 5 Journal of Palliative Care and Medicine 227.
- Mimi Zou and James Goudkamp, 'Hounga v Allen  UKSC 47' (2015) 21 Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law 56.
- Mimi Zou, 'The Evolution of Collective Labour Law with "Chinese Characteristics": Crossing the river by feeling the stones?' (2013) Bulletin of Comparative Labour Relations 55.
- An earlier version of the article was awarded 'Special Commendation' in the 2011 International Association of Labour Law Journals Marco Biagi Prize.
- Mimi Zou, 'Rapporti di lavoro con "caratteristiche cinesi"? Il diritto del lavoro cinese a un bivio storico' (2012) 26 Lavoro e diritto 145.
- Mimi Zou, 'A Freestanding Right or a Means to an End? The Right to Strike in the ILO and EU Legal Frameworks' (2012) 15 Trinity College Law Review 101.
- Mimi Zou and Russell Lansbury, 'Multinational Corporations and Employment Relations in China: the case of Beijing Hyundai Motor Company' (2009) 20 Journal of International Human Resource Management 2349.
- Mimi Zou, 'Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace: Beyond the Business Case to Effective Reflexive Regulation' (2009) 1 Australian Law Students' Association Academic Journal 17.
- Mimi Zou, 'Unequal Power: Work Choices and Women' (2006) 20 Polemic 2.
- Mimi Zou, Xuanmin Pan, and Sirui Han, 'Regulating Collective Labour Disputes in China: A Tale of Two Actors', in Michael Palmer and Fu Hualing (eds) Mediation in Contemporary China: Continuity and Change (Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing, forthcoming).
- Mimi Zou, 'Child Labour in China: a Historical Perspective' in Mary Crock and Lenni Benson (eds.) Protecting the Migrant Child: Central Issues in the Search for Best Practice (Edward Elgar, forthcoming).
- Mimi Zou, 'Occupational Safety and Health Laws in China: Towards an Integrated Framework?' in Tindara Addaboo, Edoardo Ales, Ylenia Curzi and Iacopo Senatori (eds.) Well-being at and through Work: Proceedings of the XIV Marco Biagi International Conference on Labour Law and Labour Relations (G. Giappichelli Editore, forthcoming).
- Mimi Zou, 'Labour standards on the "One Belt One Road"' in XI Chao & Lutz Christian Wolff (eds.) Legal Dimensions of China's One Belt One Road (Wolters Kluwer 2016) chp 14.
- Mimi Zou, 'Migrant Precarity under China's New Immigration Regime', in Carl-Ulrik Schierup and Martin Bak Jørgensen (eds.) Politics of Precarity: Migrant Conditions, Struggles and Experience (Brill 2016) pp. 160-178.
- Mimi Zou, 'Employer Demand for 'Skilled' Migrant Workers: Regulating Admission under the United Kingdom's Tier 2 (General) Visa', in Joanna Howe and Rosemary Owens (eds.) Temporary Labour Migration in the Global Era: The Regulatory Changes (Hart 2016) pp. 113-130.
- Mimi Zou, 'The Legal Construction of Precarious Migrant Work Relations: a study of Australia's 457-visa scheme' in Massimo Pilati, Hina Sheikh, Francesca Sperotti and Chris Tilly (eds.) How Global Migration Changes the Workforce Diversity Equation (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2015) pp. 451-481.
- Mimi Zou, 'Hyper-Dependence and Hyper-Precarity in Migrant Work Relations'in Tindara Addabbo, William Bromwich, Tommaso Fabbri, and Iacopo Senatori (eds.), Labour and Social Rights. An Evolving Scenario (G. Giappichelli Editore 2015) pp. 255-284.
- Susan McGrath-Champ, Mimi Zou and Lucy Taylor. 'Exploring new frontiers in an internationalised classroom: Team-based learning and reflective journals as innovative learning strategies' in Janette Ryan (ed.) Cross cultural teaching and learning for home and international students: Internationalisation of pedagogy and curriculum in higher education (Routledge 2012) pp. 27-40.
- Valeska Korff, Mimi Zou, Tom Zwart and Raphael Wittek, 'Rational Choice Theory and Human Rights' in David Brunsma, Kerri Smith, and Brian Gran (eds.), The Handbook of Sociology and Human Rights (Paradigm 2012) pp. 290-299.
- Mimi Zou and Tom Zwart, 'Rethinking Human Rights in China: Towards a Receptor Approach', in Hitoshi Nasu and Ben Saul (eds.), Human Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region: Towards Institution Building (Routledge-Cavendish 2011) pp. 249-263.
- Mimi Zou and Russell Lansbury. 'Multinational Corporations and Employment Relations in the People's Republic of China: the case of Beijing Hyundai Motor Company' in Malcolm Warner (ed.) Making Sense of Human Resource Management in China (Routledge 2010) pp. 181-201.
Peer-reviewed conference proceedings and workshop papers
- Mimi Zou, 'Towards Exit and Voice: Redesigning Temporary Migrant Workers Programmes', Migration and Employment Law Workshop, Leicester, September 2017.
- Mimi Zou, 'Decent Work along the "One Belt One Road": Chinese Multinationals and CSR', 5th Conference of the Regulating for Decent Work Network, Geneva, July 2017.
- Mimi Zou, 'Social Media and Employee Privacy in China and Hong Kong', 3rd Biennial International Conference of the Labour Law Research Network (LLRN), Toronto, June 2017.
- Mimi Zou, 'Trade Unions with "Chinese characteristics": an Evolving Transmission Belt?', 3rd Biennial International Conference of LLRN, Toronto, June 2017.
- Mimi Zou, 'Hyper-Dependence and Hyper-Precarity in Migrant Work Relations: Towards Exit and Voice?', International Meeting on Law and Society, Mexico City, June 2017.
- Mimi Zou, 'The Regulatory Challenges of "Uberization" in China's Labour Market: the Legal Classification of Drivers', 14th International Conference on Labour Law and Labour Relations in Commemoration of Marco Biagi, Modena, March 2017.
- Mimi Zou, 'Regulating Temporary Migrants' Work Relations: The Need for Exit and Voice', Journal of Industrial Relations and Migrants at Work Research Group Symposium on Migration and Work, University of Sydney, February 2017.
- Mimi Zou, 'The Remedial Consequences of Void and Voidable Contracts in China', Remedies Conference of the Obligations Group, Melbourne Law School, December 2016.
- Mimi Zou, 'Towards Exit and Voice: Redesigning Temporary Migrant Workers Programmes', Scientific Meeting of the International Association of Labour Law Journals, Bologna, November 2016.
- Mimi Zou, 'Labour Standards on the One Belt One Road', Symposium on the Legal Aspects of China's Belt and Road Initiative, Hong Kong, November 2016.
- Mimi Zou, 'The Bonfire of the Illegalities?' Immigration Law and Migrants' Work Relations in China', 9th Asian Regional Congress of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association (ILERA), Beijing, November 2016.
- Kelly Leung and Mimi Zou, 'By Contract or Legislation? Regulating Standard Working Hours in Hong Kong', 9th Asian Regional Congress of ILERA, Beijing, November 2016.
- Sheera Chan and Mimi Zou, 'Understanding Employment Discrimination Litigation in China through the Notion of "Rights Apathy"', 9th Asian Regional Congress of ILERA, Beijing, November 2016.
- Mimi Zou, 'The Uberisation of the Chinese Workplace? Regulating Labour in a New Digital Economy', Hong Kong University Centre for Chinese Law Seminar, 24 November 2016.
- Mimi Zou, 'Illegal Work, Immigration Law, and Migrants' Work Relations: an Analysis of China's Entry and Exit Administration Law', Migrants@Work Research Seminar, Sydney Business School, October 2016.
- Mimi Zou, 'Elder law in China: Examining relational regulation in a national and international context', Proceedings of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Conference on International Cooperation in Human Rights, Beijing, October 2016.
- Mimi Zou, '"Going out" and "Racing to the Bottom"? Regulating the conduct of Chinese enterprises abroad', 11th Annual Conference of European China Law Studies Association, Rome, September 2016.
- Mimi Zou, 'Regulating 'Illegal' Work in China: the Implications of a New Immigration Regime, Fifth International Conference on Precarious Work and Vulnerable Workers, London, June 2016.
- Mimi Zou, 'Micro-modules under the microscope: in and beyond flipped classrooms', International Conference on Teaching and Learning in Law: Directions in Legal Education, Hong Kong, June 2016.
- Mimi Zou. 'China's new immigration regime: Regulating foreign labour in an emerging destination country', Regulating Markets and Labour International Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, May 2016.
- Mimi Zou, 'Falling through the Legal Cracks: The Fragmentation of China's Occupational Safety and Health Regime', 13th International Conference on Labour Law and Relations in Commemoration of Marco Biagi, Modena, March 2016.
- Mimi Zou, 'The "Fissured Workplace" in China: Labour Law and the Changing Notion of "Employer", Hong Kong and Singapore Law Schools Conference, Hong Kong, February 2016.
- Mimi Zou, 'Regulating the Fissured Workplace: the Notion of "Employer" in Chinese Employment Law', 13th Tokyo Comparative Labour Law Workshop, Tokyo, February 2016.
- Mimi Zou, 'Combating Illegal Work under China's New Immigration Regime', Labour Law and Refugee and Migration Law Joint Discussion Groups Seminar, Oxford, February 2016.
- Mimi Zou, 'China's New Immigration Regime: Regulating Foreign Labour in an Emerging Destination Country', Workshop on Labour and Skills Mobility in the Asia Pacific, Sydney Asia Pacific Migration Network, December 2015.
- Mimi Zou, 'What We Owe to Older Workers? Mandatory Retirement and Age Discrimination Law', International Workshop on 'What we owe to Older People', CUHK, Hong Kong, November 2015.
- Mimi Zou, 'The Role of Labour Law in China's Path to Sustainable Economic and Social Development', Conference on Sustainable Development and International Law, CUHK, Hong Kong, October 2015.
- Mimi Zou and Stephen Pan, 'Resolving labour disputes in a "socialist market economy": the roles of Chinese trade unions and civil society organisations', International Workshop on 'What is Socialist about Socialist Law. Exploring Epistemic and Institutional Change in Socialist Asia', Hong Kong, October 2015.
- Mimi Zou, 'The Rights of Older Persons as Relational Rights: the case of Family Care in China', Academic Symposium for the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta, Beijing, September 2015.
- Mimi Zou and Michael Dunn, 'Law and Ageing in China: Developing a Relational Perspective', Hart Workshop on Law and Ageing, London, June 2015.
- Mimi Zou, 'Regulating for Flexibility? Rationales for Temporary Labour Migration Programmes', Research Seminar on Temporary Labour Migration in a Globalised World, Onati International Institute for the Sociology of Law, June 2015.
- Mimi Zou, 'The "New" Guestworker? Rethinking the Ethics of Temporary Labour Migration Programme', St Cross Special Ethics Seminar, University of Oxford, June 2015.
- Mimi Zou, 'The Legal Construction of Temporary Migrant Labour: the Hyper-dependent and Hyper-precarious Worker', Labour Law and Refugee and Migration Law Joint Discussion Groups Seminar, Faculty of Law, Oxford, May 2015.
- Mimi Zou, 'Will China's New Immigration Law Combat Illegal Entry, Illegal Residence and Illegal Work?', European China Law Studies Association Annual Conference, Hong Kong, November 2014.
- Mimi Zou, 'Labour Rights with Chinese Characteristics?', World Social Sciences and Humanities Network International Research Seminar on Towards a Cross-Cultural Human Rights Dialogue, Peking University Law School, September 2014.
- Mimi Zou, 'Immigration Controls and Migrant Work Relations: a Comparative Study of UK and Australia', 12th International Conference on Labour Law and Relations in Commemoration of Marco Biagi, Modena, March 2014.
- Mimi Zou, 'The Legal Construction of Migrant Work Relations: Hyper-dependence and Hyper-precarity under Temporary Labour Migration Programmes', Migration and Law Network Conference, London, March 2014.
- Mimi Zou, 'The Challenge for Labour Rights: the Regulation of Temporary Labour Migration', Harvard Law School Institute for Global Law and Policy Workshop, Doha, January 2014.
- Mimi Zou, 'The Legal Construction of Precarious Migrant Work Relations: A Study of Australia's 457-Visa Scheme', UCLA Global Interdisciplinary Conference on 'How Global Migration Changes the Workforce Diversity Equation', Los Angeles, May 2013.
- Mimi Zou, 'Precarious Migrant Work Relations under Temporary Migration Programmes', Oxford Centre on Migration, Policy & Society & University of Chicago International Symposium on 'Within and beyond citizenship', Oxford, April 2013.
- Mimi Zou, 'The Evolution of Collective Labour Law with "Chinese Characteristics"?, European China Law Studies Association Annual Conference, Helsinki, September 2012.
- Mimi Zou, 'The Protection of Migrant Workers' Rights in China and the EU: Identifying a Common Platform of Challenges', Keynote Address, Experts Seminar for the EU-China Human Rights Dialogue, National University of Ireland, October 2012.
- Mimi Zou, 'The Legal Construction of Migrant Work Relations: Immigration Controls and Precarious Work', 16th World Congress of the International Labour and Employment Relations Association, Philadelphia, July 2012.
- Mimi Zou, 'Beyond the Hukou: the Regulatory Spider-web concerning Migrant Workers in China', Labour Law and Migration Law Joint Discussion Groups Seminar, Faculty of Law, Oxford, November 2011.
- Susan McGrath-Champ, Mimi Zou and Lucy Taylor, 'Managing diversity: Workplace and classroom connections', Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand 25th Conference Proceedings, Auckland, New Zealand, February 2011.
- Mimi Zou and Tom Zwart, 'Rethinking Human Rights in China: Towards a Receptor Approach', British Association for Chinese Studies Annual Conference, Bristol, September 2010.
- Mimi Zou and Tom Zwart, 'A Receptor Approach to Human Rights in China', European China Law Studies Association Conference, Copenhagen, June 2010.
- Mimi Zou and Tom Zwart, 'Rethinking Human Rights in China: Towards a Receptor Approach', International Conference on Human Rights in the Asia-Pacific: Towards Institution Building, Sydney, November 2009.
- Susan McGrath-Champ, Mimi Zou and Lucy Taylor, 'Deploying Student Diversity as a Microcosm of the World: Teaching Work and Employment Issues in an Internationalised Classroom', Conference on Internationalising Teaching and Learning in Academic Setting, University of Sydney, November 2009.
- Mimi Zou, 'Chinese Labour Law at a Critical Point in History', 15th World Congress of the International Industrial Relations Association, Sydney, August 2009.
- Mimi Zou & Russell Lansbury, 'Multinational Corporations and Industrial Relations in China', Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand 23rd Conference Proceedings, Newcastle, Australia, February 2009.
- Mimi Zou, 'A Comparative Overview of Industrial Relations in East Asia', ILO East Asian Industrial Relations Network Experts Workshop, Bangkok, March 2007.
- Articles Editor, Hong Kong Law Journal, 2016-present.
- Editor, Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, 2010-2012.
- Principal Investigator, ‘The Regulatory Challenges of Temporary Labour Migration: Rethinking the Admission of ‘Skilled’ Migrants’, CUHK Direct Grant for Research.
- Principal Investigator, ‘Human Rights of Older Persons: Perspectives from Greater China’, Lee Hysan Foundation Research Grant and Endowment Fund Research Grant, United College, CUHK.
- Co-Investigator, ‘Addressing Multiple Forms of Migrant Precarity’, World Universities Network Research Development Fund project.
- UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
- China Studies Centre, University of Sydney
- Managing Global Migration Research Group, University of Sydney
- Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School
- UK Employment Lawyers’ Association
- Anglo-Australasian Lawyers Society
- European China Law Studies Association