Associate Professor Yan Xu
Scientia Professor

Associate Professor Yan Xu

  • PhD in Law, The University of Hong Kong
  • MSc in Taxation, The University of Oxford
  • LLB & MPhil in Law, Wuhan University
Business School
School of Accounting, Auditing and Taxation

Yan Xu is Scientia Associate Professor of Tax Law in the Business School at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and Adjunct Associate Profession in the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong.  Prior to joining UNSW in September 2019, she was a tenured Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  She was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at Columbia Law School in 2014-15.  She has held a number of international academic fellowships at, among others, the University of Cambridge, New York University, the University of Melbourne and UNSW.  She has published in a range of international journals, presented papers at high-level international and regional conferences, made presentations on invitation from prominent bodies, including the Australian Commonwealth Treasury and International Fiscal Association, and is often invited to act as referee for highly-ranked law journals and academic books.  She has successfully secured several highly competitive government grants including Hong Kong Research Grants Council General Research Fund grants (equivalent to Australian Research Council Discovery Projects).  Her research interests include comparative tax law and policy, international taxation, history of tax law and environment taxation.    

+61-2 -90657527
Level 3, Quadrangle Building
  • Media | 2018
    Xu Y, 2018, Creating a Business Friendly Tax Environment: the Hong Kong Experience, China Taxation News
    Media | 2018
    Xu Y, 2018, Hong Kong: Clear Rules on Cancellation of Tax Registration for Easy Compliance, China Taxation News
    Media | 2017
    Xu Y, 2017, Maintaining the Competitiveness of Hong Kong Taxation System, China Taxation News
    Media | 2015
    Xu Y, 2015, China’s ‘Stir-Fry’ of Environmentally Related Taxes and Charges: Too Many Cooks at Work, Columbia University Earth Institute, Center for Sustainable Development Policy Brief Series
    Media | 2015
    Xu Y; d’Almeida AC, 2015, Chinese Cities Will Not Become Greener without a Decentralized and Smarter Taxation System, The Huffington Post
    Media | 2012
    Xu Y, 2012, Hong Kong’s Salaries Tax: Anxiety behind Success, China Taxation News
    Media | 2011
    Xu Y, 2011, Salaries Tax in Hong Kong: Generous Tax Allowances without Tax Threshold, Legal Daily
    Media | 2011
    Xu Y; Cullen R, 2011, Balancing out Inflation, South China Morning Post
    Media | 2010
    Xu Y; Cullen R, 2010, A Sound System, South China Morning Post
    Media | 2010
    Xu Y; Cullen R, 2010, Paid Political Electronic Advertising: The Wisdom of Robust Restrictions, Ming Pao Newspaper
    Media | 2007
    Xu Y; Cullen R, 2007, Building a Fair Property Regime on the Mainland, South China Morning Post

Competitive Government Grants:

  • Principal Investigator, “Indirect Taxation and the Digital Economy: Challenges and Responses in China”, Hong Kong RGC, General Research Fund 2019 (14613619) (A$98,992 (converted from HK$491,000, withdrawal due to moving to UNSW);
  • Principle Investigator, “Tax Reform, the Rule of Law and Representative Government”, Fulbright-Hong Kong RGC, Senior Research Scholar Award 2014-15 (A$100, 000 (converted from HK$496,504));
  • Principle Investigator, “Taxation and Development: Case Study of China”, Hong Kong RGC, Early Career Scheme 2015 (24607815) (A$120,568 (converted from HK$598,016));
  • Co-investigator, “Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading in China: Insights from the EU’s Experience”, Hong Kong RGC, General Research Fund 2017 (14634116) (A$86, 288 (converted from HK$427,992));
  • Participating Investigator, “Mitigating Tax Barriers to Trade and Investment between Australia and the People’s Republic of China”, Australian Research Council Linkage Grant (2012-15, A$198,550);
  • Co-investigator, “Managing the Globalisation of Water Services in a World Affected by Climate Change”, WUN Research Development Fund (2013-15, A$110,080 (converted from HK$546,000));
  • Co-investigator, “Europe-Hong Kong Tax Treaties”, Eurasia Pacific Uninet Research Grant (2013-14, A$22,984 (converted from HK$114,000), together with the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law).

Internal Grants:

  • Chief Investigator, “Taxing Road Transport Fuel: Making Taxation an Effective Tool for Climate Action”, UNSW Digital Grid Futures Institute, Interdisciplinary Seed Funding Award 2020 (1 January-31 December 2020, A$30,000);
  • Principle Investigator, “The Impact of the Global Campaign against Tax Avoidance on Hong Kong”, CUHK United College Lee Hysan Foundation Research Grant (2018-19, HK$30,000);
  • Principle Investigator, “Achieving a More Equitable Development: the Role of Taxation”, CUHK Faculty of Law Direct Research Grant (2013-2014, HK$30,500);
  • Principle Investigator, “Enduring Echoes in a Changing Landscape: Lessons from China’s Tax History”, CUHK Faculty of Law Direct Research Grant (2012-2013, HK$59,104).

  • Scientia Fellowship Award (Level D) by UNSW Sydney (2019);
  • Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Award (valued at A$100,000) by the US Department of State and Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) (2014-15) in connection with a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Columbia University School of Law and an invited visitor to the NYU International Taxation Program; 
  • Research scholarship by the Institute for Global Law and Policy of Harvard Law School (2014); 
  • Visiting Fellowship at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Law (2014);
  • International scholarship by Brown University International Advanced Research Institute (2013);
  • Abe Greenbaum Fellowship by UNSW School of Taxation and Business Law (2012);
  • OeAD Scholarship by the Austrian Federal Government (2008-2009).

  • TaxCOOP (Canada-based NGO), documentary interview on tax competition, 8 July 2020 and film documentary on “Fast & Furious Race to the Bottom” (released 15-16 October);

  • Public media consultations: Tax Analysts, The Economist, Wolters Kluwer, China Law & Practice, Phoenix TV, South China Morning Post, International Taxation Review.