Professor Haochen Sun

Department of Law


LL.B., Zhejiang University Guanghua Law School
LL.M., National University of Singapore Faculty of Law 
LL.M., Harvard Law School 
S.J.D., Duke University School of Law



Haochen Sun is Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. He previously served as Director of the Law and Technology Center and the LLM Program in in Technology and Intellectual Property Law at the Faculty of Law. He specializes in intellectual property, technology law, and Chinese law. His recent scholarship has focused on the theoretical and policy foundations of intellectual property, Chinese intellectual property law, and technology law and the public interest. He has won a number of research output prizes and major research grants for projects dealing with intellectual property protection of luxury goods and trademark law reform in China.

Published by Cambridge University Press in 2022, Haochen’s monograph Technology and the Public Interest puts forward a new theoretical approach to protecting the right to technology and enforcing technology companies’ fundamental responsibilities. Haochen co-edited The Luxury Economy and Intellectual Property (Oxford University Press, 2015) and The Cambridge Handbook of Copyright Limitations and Exceptions in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2021). Currently, he is co-editing three volumes: Charting Limitations on Trademark Rights (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2023); Data Sovereignty on the Digital Silk Road (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2023); and Intellectual Property, COVID-19, and the Next Pandemic: Diagnosing Problems, Developing Cures (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2023).

Haochen has organized many international conferences on intellectual property and technology law, and has delivered public lectures at many leading law schools in Asia, Europe, and North America. Moreover, he has taught intellectual property courses at the University of California Davis School of Law and the University of North Carolina School of Law as a Visiting Professor. He will serve as a visiting professor of law at Columbia Law School in the spring of 2023.

In addition, Haochen has advised leading law firms and companies in the entertainment, information technology, and luxury and fashion sectors on matters relating to intellectual property protection. His opinions about intellectual property and technology law have appeared in media outlets, such as BBC News, Forbes, Lianhe Zaobao, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, South China Morning Post, Ming Pao, and The Wall Street Journal and on Shenzhen Satellite TV and Radio Television Hong Kong.


Research Area

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Technology Law
  • Chinese Law

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