Jie Cheng Portrait

Jie Cheng

LL.B., LL.M. (CUPL), Ph.D. (Beijing)

Personal profile


Jie Cheng is Associate Professor of Law at the Peter A. Allard School of Law. Her teaching and research interests include Chinese law and government, comparative constitutionalism, judicial politics, freedom of information, property law and Hong Kong Basic Law. Prior to joining the Allard School of Law, she taught at Tsinghua University School of Law from 1999-2019. Professor Cheng has held visiting appointments at Michigan University Law School, Columbia University Law School, Oslo University Human Rights Center, Sciences Po Paris, Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong University. Professor Cheng has been actively involved in legal practice as a legal clinical supervisor as well as a government legal advisor. Between 2006-7, she was seconded to the Hong Kong and Macau Basic Law Commissions of the Chinese National People’s Congress Standing Committee. Professor Cheng is an associate member of the International Academy of Comparative Law.


Professor Cheng has published over 30 articles, essays and several books, including Essence of Constitutionalism: Open Government Under Law (Beijing: CUPL Press, 2002) and State Craft and State Power: An Institutional Analysis of Chinese Constitution (Beijing: China Law Press, 2015). Her recent publications include: “Judicial Activism and Human Rights Protection: A Story of India” (2020) 1 Tsinghua Law Journal 67-82; “Hong Kong’s Constitutional Order under the Asymmetric Governance Structure” (2018) 5 China Law Review 179-186; “Jurisprudential Basis for the New Constitutional Order of Hong Kong: Separation or Delegation of Powers” (2017) 5 China Legal Science (English version) 56-83.


Professional Affiliations

  • Centre for Asian Legal Studies
  • Centre for Feminist Legal Studies
  • Dean's Office


  • Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Comparative and Foreign Law