Prior to joining Swansea Law School in 2011, Dr. Shuangge Wen was a lecturer at the University of Liverpool. She was promoted to senior lecturer in 2013. Dr. Wen took a professorship position at Jilin University in 2014. She nevertheless remains affiliated with the IISTL and serves as visiting professor in Swansea.

Her research specialism extends from general aspects of business law to interdisciplinary areas including corporate governance, business ethics and investment strategy. After completing her PhD at the University of Manchester, focusing on the long-standing debate concerning the purposes of the corporation, she has spent the past years in researching an assortment of interrelated corporate governance topics. These have included the significance of socio-economic and cultural contexts in shaping corporate governance, the role of institutional investors in governance practice, and the growth in attention to corporate ethics in a context of gloomy economic forecasts. Her research has been fruitful in this area, particularly in terms of the acceptance of lengthy papers by leading journals including Business Ethics: a European Review, Stanford Journal of International Law, American Business Law Journal, European Business Organisation Law Review, and Journal of Business Law

Areas of Expertise

  • Company Law
  • Corporate Governance
  • Business Ethics
  • and general aspects of Business Law


  1. Wen, S., Zhao, J. The bumpy road of home states’ regulation of globalised businesses – legal and institutional disruptions to supply chain disclosure under the modern slavery act Catholic University Law Review
  2. Wen, S. The Cogs and Wheels of Reflexive Law - Business Disclosure under the Modern Slavery Act Journal of Law and Society 43 3 327 359
  3. Wen, S. The Ideals and Reality of a Legal Transplant: The Veil-Piercing Doctrine in China Stanford Journal of International Law 50 2
  4. Zhao, J., Wen, S. The Eligibility of Claimants to Commence Derivative Litigation on Behalf of China's Joint Stock Limited Companies Hong Kong Law Journal 48 2 687 738
  5. Wen, S., Zhao, J. Contextualizing Legal Norms: A Multi-Dimensional View of the 2014 Legal Capital Reform in China European Business Organization Law Review

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  • LA-300 Applied Commercial Law and International Business Practices

    Contemporary concerns originating in market and business failures sufficiently indicate the vital importance of business law for accountability and performance. Taking account of the rapid developments in this field, this module offers students an unique opportunity to explore business law on a broad spectrum. It allows for an investigation into new and dynamic issues pertinent to the operation of businesses in the international context, including intellectual assets management, international payment and transactions, the governance of businesses and aspects of insolvency and personal responsibility. Designed to accommodate both legal and commercial perspectives, it allows students to obtain an understanding of cutting edge developments in a number of discrete legal areas.

  • LACM17 International Commercial Arbitration

    International disputes that cannot be otherwise resolved are customarily referred to arbitration. As such, a global network of arbitration organisations and international institutions exist to address references to arbitration. The module examines the arbitration structures which exist to resolve international disputes in the context of commercial arbitration and the associated questions of private international law.

  • LACM20 International Corporate Law and Governance

    A spate of high profile corporate failures over the past few decades have called for detailed examination and investigation of the legal and financial backdrop against which these disasters have been played out. Issues including the role, duties and liabilities of directors, the function of shareholders and various stakeholders, and importantly, the part played by the professional agents of these separate organs of the company, have become a compelling focus for company lawyers and other corporate regulators on a global scale. The effects of globalisation, together with the increase in foreign investment and resource development within the developing world, have created a context for human rights abuses by States in which transnational corporations are complicit. The second part of the module focuses on these `governance gaps¿, as identified by Professor John Ruggie, the UN¿s Special Representative, and considers how they may be closed. We shall examine the status of corporations under international law, the civil liability of corporations for their participation in international crimes, and self-regulation through voluntary codes of conduct, such as the 2011 UN Guiding Principles. In the first semester, we aim to provide students with an overall knowledge and appreciation of company law and other forms of governance in the contemporary environment, with a specific focus on the UK perspective. Recent changes in this field will also be explored, to discover how the legal system encourages the practical transition to a more sustainable corporate culture. In the second semester, we will provide a comprehensive analysis of the major legal issues emanating from the trans-border operations of multinational enterprises. We examine the commercial concerns of transnational companies against the context of the national, regional and international regimes governing labour, human rights, environmental, sustainable development and corporate social responsibility issues. We will also consider the regulatory choices open to policy makers at both home and host states of multinational enterprises. This module will provide a strong platform for students intending to utilise their knowledge in the global market.


  • Corporate Governance System in England &Wales and Nigeria and its impact on minority shareholders protection: The Need for Reform (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Michael Draper
    Other supervisor: Dr Shuangge Wen
    Other supervisor: Dr Caroline Jones

Research Groups

  • Member

    Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law

External Responsibilities

  • Honorary Professor in Law, Jilin University

    2012 - Present