School of Law, Gender and Media

Professor Michael J E Palmer

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School of Law, Gender and Media Emeritus Professor of Law Centre for Law in Asia Member China Institute Professorial Research Associate
LLB (Cantab); BSc (Econ), MA, LLD (London); Barrister (England and Wales), Serle Court Chambers, Lincoln's Inn & McNair Chambers, Doha
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Michael Palmer is Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of London, and a Professorial  Research Associate at the China Institute at the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), as well as Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), and at the Asia-Pacific Studies Institute, Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is also  Cheng Yu Tung Visiting Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, Hong Kong University. He has twice served as Chair of the former Centre for Chinese Studies at SOAS,  and for many years served as academic convenor of the Practical Training Scheme  for Chinese Lawyers and the EU-China Legal and Judicial Cooperation Programme. Between 2010 and 2016 he was Professor of Law, Dean, & Associate Dean at STU Law School, in Shantou, China. His many publications are mainly in the field of comparative law, especially Chinese Law, and cover a wide range of areas including legal history, family law reform, human rights, environmental welfare, civil justice and dispute resolution, consumer protection and criminal law. He is joint editor of the Journal of Comparative Law, and  Editor of Amicus Curiae (IALS).  For 6 years he served as a member of the Humanities and Social Sciences Panel, Hong Kong Research Grants Council.

Key publications


(with Simon Roberts) Dispute Processes: ADR and the Primary Forms of Decision Making, first published July 1998 in ‘Law in Context Series’, London and New York: Butterworths. Second Edition, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, September 2005; third edition published July 2020. Second edition translated into Chinese for publication by Peking University Press ((2011) Jiufen Jiejue de Guocheng – ADR yu Jueding Xingcheng de Zhuyao Xingshi纠纷解决的过程 — ADR 与决定形成的主要形式, (第二版),北京:北京大学出版社

Edited Books & Journal Special Issues

(ed., with Zhang Qin) ADR in Comparative Perspective: Theory and Practice, (in Chinese), Beijing: Chinese University of Political Science and Law Press. February 2013, ISBN:9787562046059. (2013) Bijiao Shiyexia de Duoyuan Jiufen Jie Jue: Lilun yu Shijian (比较视野下的多元纠纷解决:理论与实践): 北京:中国政法大学出版社

(ed., with MU Xiankui) Resolution of Public Disputes and Rights Protection in Comparative Perspective, (in Chinese), Beijing: China University of Political Science and Law Press, 2015, ISBN:9787562064916 (2015) Bijiao Shiyexia de Gonggong Jiufen Jiejue yu Quanli Baozhang (比较视野下的公共纠纷解决与权力保障): 北京:中国政法大学出版社

(ed. with Nicholas HD Foster & Maria Federica Moscati), Interdisciplinary Study and Comparative Law, London: Wildy Simmonds and Hill, 2016, ISBN 9780854902101

(ed. with FU Hualing) Mediation in Contemporary China: Continuity and Change, London: Wildy Simmonds and Hill, 2017

(ed. with FU Hualing & ZHANG Xianchu) Transparency Challenges Facing China, London: Wildy Simmonds and Hill, 2019

(ed. with MF Moscati & M Roberts) Comparative Dispute Resolution, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar (2020)

(ed. with T Bodenhorn & JP Burns) Higher Education in Greater China, China Quarterly Special Issue [no. 244] (2020)

(ed. with He Xin) China’s Family Law in Action,  A Special Issue of the Journal of Comparative Law, 15-2, pp. 1-249 (2020)

(ed, with Xi Chao and Zhou Ling)  ‘Issues in Administrative Justice.  Special Issues of the Journal of Comparative Law, 17-2 (Part One, 2022), & 18:2 (Part Two, 2023) 


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