Dr Zhixiong (Leo) Liao

Zhixiong Liao

Senior Lecturer & Director of International Relations (Law)

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

About Zhixiong

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 Taught

Research Supervised


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

Research Interests

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

Recent Publications

  • Liao, Z. (2018). Contract interpretation in Civil Law: Approach, development and trend. Sisu Law Review, 4, 27-37.

  • 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). On Consumer Credit Law in New Zealand: Theories, Legislation and Judicial Practice (新西兰消费者信贷法的理论、立法和司法实践述评). Xishan Financial Law Review (西山金融法律评论), (3), 60-73. Open Access version:

  • Liao, Z. (2016). Police Conducts and The Death of A Citizen: on Citizens' Rights and Others (《雷洋、警察、公民权利及其他之杂谈》). Comments on Law (《说法》), 1(1), 33-37. Retrieved from Open Access version:

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Commercial/Contract Law; Law