Dr Zinian Zhang

  • Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law (School of Law)

email: Zinian.Zhang@glasgow.ac.uk
pronouns: He/him/his

Room 430, Sir Alexander Stone Building, 16 University Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8QH

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ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3282-1789


I am currently senior lecturer in commercial law at the University of Glasgow, previously teaching at the University of Leeds between 2016 and 2022. I got my PhD degree in law at the University of Durham in 2014 and was supervised by the late Professor Roman Tomasic. Immediately after my PhD, I was given a postdoctoral research fellow position at Singapore Management University School of Law, where I received generous support from my mentor, Professor Tang Hang Wu. 

Prior to travelling to the UK for my studies in 2008, I was a business lawyer practising law in Hangzhou, the capital city of the Zhejiang province in the People's Republic of China for a decade. Before my enjoyable and rewarding lawyer career, I worked in a state-owned enterprise (SOE) in Hangzhou from 1995 to 1998. 

I got my first degree in mechanical engineering (BEng) from the Jingdezhen College (University) of Ceramics Science, China, in 1995.  


Research interests

My main research area is corporate insolvency law, and my preferred method is empirical studies. I believe that understanding the law written on the books is essential but knowing what happens in practice is far more important. Since the year 2020, I have been investigating the use of the UK Investment Bank Special Administration Regime, a tailored bankruptcy procedure for investment firms. I am also keeping an eye on the bankruptcy of deposit-taking banks, which would be my next research focus in the very near future. Paying attention to the bankruptcy/insolvency of financial institutions is mainly because very few bankruptcy scholars dig deep in this field and because the bankruptcy of financial institutions is of fundamental significance, financial, social and political, to our societies. 


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Boosting Growth through Strenghening Investor and Creditor Protection in China 

ESRC Newton Fund Grant ES/P004040/1 GBP297,860 2017-2021


I am happy to consider PhD applications in the areas of company law, corporate governance, corporate insolvency and financial law. Do please send me an email if you are intersted in embarking on your PhD research project which is related with my research priorities. 

  • Ying, Zheng
    Comparison of Involuntary Creditor Relief under Limited Liability in China and the UK

I supervised around seven PhD (research) students in the past several years. Four have successfully completed their degrees and have secured academic posts at the university sectors either in the UK or overseas. Some PhD students entered into the financial services industries as economists. 


I teach a wide range of company and corporate law related subjects, such as company law, commercial law, insolvency law, corporate governance and financial law. 

Professional activities & recognition

Research fellowships

  • 2014 - 2015: Singapore Management University

Grant committees & research advisory boards

  • 2020: Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, Expert Review Panel

Professional & learned societies

  • 2017: Academic Member, INSOL International

Additional information

I am an academic member of INSOL International, and was appointed as a lecturer for its Foundation Certificate in International Insolvency Law Project since 2019. 

I am also an external examiner for the University of Bristol School of Law since 2019. 

The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland has appointed me as a permanent member of its expert reviewing panel since 2020