Dr Alvin Hoi-Chun Hung

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

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Alvin is a postdoctoral fellow at the ANU College of Law. A majority of his research interests are in private law, particularly property law and labour law, as well as the study of legal consciousness and legal-oriented phenomena in cross-border contexts or in the context of organisations and employment. In his research, Alvin frequently analyses different legal cultures, taking a socio-legal approach in order to compare Asian-Pacific jurisdictions. He has extensive experience in qualitative research, particularly ethnographic research.

Currently, Alvin's research focuses on the implications of emerging technologies on traditional conceptions, understandings, and principles in property law and labour law. Additionally, he enjoys exploring 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, the Journal of Human Trafficking, the Asian Journal of Comparative Law, the Journal of Law and Humanities, and the Journal of Law, Technology and Policy. Among the numerous international conferences to which he has presented his work are the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, the Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, and the Nordic Association for China Studies Biennial Conference.

Alvin was educated in Oxford, London, and his hometown, 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 who 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

Recent news

Alvin Hoi-Chun Hung
Postdoctoral fellow Dr Alvin Hoi-Chun Hung recently completed his PhD exploring the role of legal culture in constructing management-labour relations in factories in China and Myanmar.

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) https://doi.org/10.16997/book69

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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