Research at Carolina Law Helps Visiting Scholar Xiao Earn China National Scholarship

April 8, 2016

Superior Court Judge Allen Baddour meets with visiting research scholars.

Visiting research scholar Kui Xiao’s work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Law on stock exchange internationalization has helped earn him a China National Scholarship to support his doctoral studies. Xiao, who began his one-year research stint at UNC last September, is among 107 recipients of the scholarship, worth around $5,000 and co-funded by China’s ministries of education and finance.

An unrelated scholarship from the China Scholarship Council, a nonprofit affiliated with the country’s Ministry of Education, has enabled Xiao to conduct his research while based at UNC.

Xiao is a candidate for a law doctorate in 2017 from Nankai University in Tianjin, China.

With a research focus on corporate and securities law, he is comparing the stock exchanges of the United States, China and the European Union. His doctoral thesis will center on securities regulations regarding cross-listing and cross-border trading among countries.

He has audited two UNC School of Law courses taught by Thomas Hazen, Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Law, and the emphasis on critical thinking has strengthened Xiao’s research skills. Hazen is overseeing his research.

“Through auditing courses, I learn new ways to think of legal problems and new theoretical knowledge for further research,” says Xiao, whose articles have been published in numerous Chinese law and economics journals and reviews.

“Being completely immersed in an English atmosphere, I have made great progress in my English reading and writing,” he says.

“It is proving to be a very valuable experience for me to conduct research at UNC,” Xiao says, “because this will have a great impact on my academic career in the long run.”