Zhao Yun (lawyer)

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Zhao Yun
Director of the Center for Chinese Law
at the University of Hong Kong
In office
Head of the Department of Law
of the University of Hong Kong
Assumed office
Personal details
Zhejiang province, China
Alma materChina University of Political Science and Law,
Leiden University,
Erasmus University

Zhao Yun (Chinese: 趙雲, born in 1974, Zhejiang province, China) is a Hong Kong lawyer, specialist in space law, international economic law and other areas of law. He is Professor and Head of the Department of Law of the University of Hong Kong.


From 1991 to 1998 Zhao Yun studied at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1995 and a master’s degree in 1998. Then from 1998 to 1999, Mr. Zhao studied at the Leiden University in the Netherlands, where he obtained a master’s degree in public international law.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

From 2000 to 2003 Zhao Yun studied at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (the Netherlands). From 2000 to 2002 he worked as Researcher at the Faculty of Law. In 2003, he graduated from Erasmus University with a PhD in international law.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Zhao Yun started his career at the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong in 2002, where he taught dispute resolution, cyber law for business, business law, e-commerce law until 2008. Then in 2008 he joined the Department of Law of the University of Hong Kong, teaching introduction to chinese law, china trade law, PRC information technology law, and online dispute resolution.[1][3][4][6]

From 2013 to 2017 Zhao Yun held a position of the Director of the Center for Chinese Law at the University of Hong Kong. From 2016 to the present he is Head of the Department of Law of the University of Hong Kong.[2][7]

He is also Professor in International Law at the Xiamen University and Professor at the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics (before 2013 called Shanghai University of Foreign Trade). He is listed as arbitrator in several international arbitration commissions.[2][3][5][6]

On 24 June 2018 Zhao Yun was appointed as the Supreme Justice of Asgardia, a self-styled "Space Nation" during the first parliamentary session in Vienna, where he was introduced to the elected Members of Asgardia's "Parliament". Supreme Justice supervises the operation of four judicial panels: a "constitutional" panel; a "civil" panel; an "administrative" panel; and a "criminal" panel.[6]

Research work[edit]

Zhao Yun's specialized areas: space law, dispute resolution, international economic law, e-commerce law. In the past few years, Mr. Zhao has conducted different research in the area of space exploration. He is also currently exploring significant topics such as the problem of space debris, the exploration of the space resources, the non-appropriation principle in space, etc.[2][6]

Zhao Yun is convinced that Hong Kong needs to update its 23-year-old outer space law to keep pace with the growing use of commercial satellites both in the city and overseas. Hong Kong introduced the Outer Space Act 1986 in 1990 and the Outer Space Ordinance in 1997. A lawyer noted that the Outer Space Ordinance has many grey areas. These included the copyright of raw data transmitted by satellites as well as the liabilities of different parties in the case of a collision in space.[8]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Ram S. Jakhu (editor). National Regulation of Space Activities. Springer Science & Business Media, 2010
  2. ^ a b c d e Professor Zhao Yun. — University of Hong Kong
  3. ^ a b c d Yun Zhao. — Juris Arbitration Law database
  4. ^ a b c Notice on the course on Space Commercialization and Development of Space Law. — Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (China), 7 March 2019
  5. ^ a b c Zhao Yun, Professor and Head of Department of Law, University of Hong Kong. — Canadian Institute for International Law Expertise
  6. ^ a b c d e f Yun Zhao, Supreme Justice of Asgardia. — Asgardia.Space
  7. ^ Professor Zhao Yun. — University of Hong Kong (archive version, 23 May 2016)
  8. ^ Patsy Moy. Legal expert calls for update to city's space laws. — South China Morning Post, 4 May 2013

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