Dr Zhixiong (Leo) Liao

Senior Lecturer & Director of International Relations (Law)

Qualifications: BA, LLM, LLD RUC LLB, MPS(First Class Hons), LLM(First Class Hons)

About Me

Dr Leo Zhixiong Liao graduated from Renmin University of China (RUC) with degrees of Bachelor of Economics, Master of Laws, and Doctor of Laws. He also completed his Bachelor of Laws, Master of Professional Studies (with First Class Honours in Translation), and Master of Laws (with First Class Honours in Commercial Law) at University of Auckland.

Dr Liao has practised as a lawyer in China, both in public sectors and in private law firms, since 1996, specialised in commercial law, overseas investment law and tax law, with some Hong Kong listed companies, Fortune-500 subsidiaries and local tax departments as his clients. He was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and practised commercial law and property law in Auckland law firms before joining the Te Piringa - Faculty of Law in January 2012. Dr Liao is also a member of the New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters, specialising in legal translation.

In addition to his legal practice experience, Dr Liao has also the experience as a lecturer in law, a Vice General Manager of a state-owned company, an Independent Non-Executive Director of a Hong Kong listed company, and Directors-in-chief of a government-funded Legal Service Centre and a local government office in charge of overseas investment in China.

Papers I Teach

Research Supervised


  • (in progress) Regulation of Mobile Network for Protection of Privacy.

Research Interests

  • Law of Contracts
  • Commercial Law
  • Tax Law
  • Government Business Regulations


Commercial/Contract Law; Law

Recent Publications

  • Liao, Z. (2017). Interpretation of Contracts: Development and Trend of Common Law Approach (合同解释之普通法——方法、演进及趋势). SISU Law Review 上外法律评论, 3, 39-50. Open Access version:

  • Liao, Z. (2016). Illegality in the Underlying Transaction: A Defence to Dishonouring Letters of Credit?. Waikato Law Review, 23, 34-55. Open Access version:

  • Liao, Z. (2016). An economic analysis on internet regulation in China and proposals to policy and law makers. International Journal of Technology Policy and Law, 2(2/3/4), 242. doi:10.1504/IJTPL.2016.077164 Open Access version:

  • Liao, Z. (2016). Who are Protected by the Consumers’ Rights and Interests Protection Act? A Critique on the Current Statutory Definition of “Consumer” 《消费者权益保护法》保护谁——对现行“消费者”法律定义的批评性分析. SISU Law Review 上外法律评论, 2016 vol 2, 118-133. Open Access version:

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