Dr Mimi Zou is Director of Studies in Law at Regent’s Park College, as well as the inaugural Fangda Career Development Fellow in Chinese Commercial Law at St Hugh’s College. She also co-founded and runs the Deep Tech Dispute Resolution Lab at the Faculty of Law.
Her main areas of expertise are in Chinese and comparative contract law, employment law, law and technology, and commercial dispute resolution. Her research has won or been shortlisted for prestigious international prizes and featured in global media outlets. Dr Zou is a member of the World Economic Forum Experts Network in the areas of China, Justice, and Blockchain. She is also a founding advisory board member of the Asia-Pacific Legal Innovation and Technology Association and a special adviser to the Great Britain China Centre.
She obtained her Doctor of Philosophy in Law and Bachelor of Civil Law (Distinction) degrees from Oxford (St John’s College and Christ Church) on a Commonwealth Scholarship and a James Fairfax Oxford Australia Scholarship. She also graduated with first-class honours degrees in Law, Economics, and Social Sciences (University Medal) from the University of Sydney. She is a qualified lawyer in New South Wales (Australia) and England and Wales. Prior to her current role at Oxford, Dr Zou held appointments at Columbia Law School, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Utrecht University.
Dr Zou has also worked in a number of international organizations, government departments and the judiciary, law firms, and financial institutions in Asia and Europe over the past 15 years. In 2016, the Asia Society named her an ‘Asia 21 Young Leader’, which recognizes the accomplishments of rising change-makers in the region. She was a finalist in the Young Australian of the Year Awards, the UK Asian Women of Achievement Awards, and the inaugural 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australians Awards.