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. (2021). The Validity of Exemption Clauses in Contract Law: Cases, Rules, Legislation Intervention and Implications. SISU Law Review, 6, 85-102. Retrieved from

  • Liao, Z. (2021). Dispute resolution clause, mistaken interpretation and cancellation of contract: Jade Residential Limited v Paul. The New Zealand Law Journal : NZLJ, March 2021. Open Access version:

  • Liao, Z. (2020). Student Companion Bathurst Resources Ltd v L & M Coal Holdings Ltd. The New Zealand Law Journal : NZLJ, 8(September 2020), 294-295.

  • Liao, Z. (2020). Freedom of contract and effect of voluntary restriction on formality of contract. SISU Law Review, 5(2019), 77-93. Open Access version:

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