Dr Alvin Hung

Postdoctoral Fellow
LLB (CUHK), LLM (LSE), DPhil (Oxon)

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Alvin is a postdoctoral fellow at the ANU College of Law. He is primarily interested in private law, specifically property law, labor law, corporate law, and legally-oriented phenomena such as labor disputes and cross-border trafficking, comparing Asian-Pacific jurisdictions from a socio-legal and cross-cultural perspective. Alvin's research involves examining different legal cultures, and he has extensive experience in qualitative particularly ethnographic methods. The current focus of his research is to examine and possibly reform legal principles in light of technological advancements, and to explore law as a vast body of knowledge intertwined with language, image, and visual culture.

Alvin's work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as the Asian Journal of Law and Society, Journal of Human Trafficking, Asian Journal of Comparative Law, Law and Humanities, Qualitative Research Journal, and Journal of Law, Technology and Policy. He has been invited to speak at numerous international conferences, including the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, and Biennial Conference for Nordic Association for China Studies.

Alvin was educated in Oxford, London, and Hong Kong. He holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford, an LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an LLB from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Alvin is also a qualified lawyer and has previously practised law in Hong Kong.


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, ANU College of Law (Present)

Significant research publications

  • Filial Piety across Legal Systems: Analyzing the Influence of Traditional Chinese Legal Culture of Property in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China (forthcoming) Asian Journal of Comparative Law
  • How has the Legal Consciousness of Chinese Enterprise Managers Transformed since 1949? A Study of Chinese Enterprises under Socialism (2022) 9 Asian Journal of Law and Society 286

  • Tortured Between Two Hells: A Qualitative Analysis of the Collective Social Normalization of the Trafficking of Brides from Myanmar to China’ (2021) Journal of Human Trafficking

  • Did Exclusion Ignite China’s Drive to Compete in Space Station Technology? An Analysis of the Techno-legal Implications of the Wolf Amendment (2021) 1 Journal of Law, Technology and Policy 119

  • Stones From Another Mountain: An Analysis of the Cinematic Significance of Hong Kong’s Storm Films in China’s Anticorruption Campaign (2021) 15 Law and Humanities 84

  • I'm Afraid: the Cultural Challenges of Conducting Ethnographic Fieldwork and Interviews in Myanmar (2020) 21 Qualitative Research Journal 113

Book chapters

  • Alvin Hoi-Chun Hung, ‘Shaping Narratives of Anti-Corruption Through Popular Culture: An Analysis of the “Storm” Film Series’ in Séagh Kehoe and Gerda Wielander (eds.), Cultural China 2021: The Contemporary China Centre Review (University of Westminster Press, 2022)

Conference papers & presentations

  • ‘Decolonization Unfinished — A Critical Perspective on “Multiculturalism” in Hong Kong and Singapore’ - Law and Society Association Annual Meeting 2022 - Lisbon, Portugal, 13-16 July 2022
  • ‘Boundary Spanners as Control Mechanism in the Multicultural Work Environment of Organisations’ - 2022 CERIC Doctoral Conference – University of Leeds, UK, 20 May 2022
  • ‘See No Racism: A Critical Perspective on “Multiculturalism” in “Decolonised” Hong Kong and Singapore’ - Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference 2022 – University of York, UK, 6 April - 8 April 2022
  • ‘One City, Two Attitudes: Hong Kong’s Legal Mobilisation in Response to China's Influence’ - 15th Biennial Conference for Nordic Association for China Studies (NACS) & NIAS-Nordic Institute of Asian Studies 14th Annual Nordic NIAS Council Conference - University of Helsinki, Finland, 10-11 June 2021
  • ‘Intercultural Conflicts in Foreign-Invested Factories: The Methodological and Cultural Challenges in Conducting Ethnographic Fieldwork in Myanmar’ – Reimagining Justice and Ethnography – 5th Annual Postgraduate Law Conference – University of Strathclyde, UK, 29-30 April 2021
  • ‘Construing “Family Property“ in Westernised Property Law: Analysing the Influence of Traditional Chinese Legal Culture on Contemporary Chinese Courts’ – Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference 2021 – Cardiff University, UK, 30 March - 1 April 2021
  • ‘The Cultural Challenges in Conducting Ethnographic Fieldwork in Myanmar’ - PGR Socio-Legal Methodology Workshop – University of Birmingham, UK, 18 November 2020
  • ‘Researching Intercultural Conflicts of Foreign Direct Investment: Methodology and Challenges’ - Empirical and Socio-Legal Methods Workshop – University of Oxford, UK, 10 May 2019
  • ‘Managing Intercultural Conflicts with Key Stakeholders of Foreign Direct Investment: A Study from the Lens of Legal Culture of Chinese Private Enterprises in Myanmar’ – Research Symposium 2019 Oxford Hong Kong Scholars Association – University of Oxford, UK, 9 February 2019


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