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Kristie Thomas



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    Dr Kristie Thomas joined Aston Law as Senior Lecturer in January 2017. She previously worked as Lecturer in Business Law at Nottingham University Business School from 2008-2016, where she also held the position of Director of Executive MBA Programmes. She also gained her PhD from Nottingham in 2008; her doctoral research concerned the intellectual property system in China following World Trade Organisation accession in 2001, which incorporated surveys and interviews with a variety of respondents, including business and legal professionals in China. She also holds a MA Chinese Studies (with Distinction) from the University of Leeds and her undergraduate law degree was completed at the University of Sheffield.



    Research Interests

    Her current research interests combine elements of law and business, reflecting her research interests in international trade, intellectual property, comparative law and business practice more generally. She has a particular interest in Asia, having spent two years based at the University of Nottingham’s China campus from 2004-2006 and having previously also lived in Taiwan for two years.


    • PhD, Nottingham, 2008. Thesis title: ‘China’s Post-WTO Intellectual Property System: Assessing Compliance with the TRIPS Agreement’
    • MA, Leeds, 2003 - Chinese Studies (with Distinction)
    • BA (Hons), Sheffield, 2000 - Law & Criminology
    • PG Cert Higher Education, Nottingham, 2012


    • Senior Lecturer, Aston Business School (January 2017- present).
    • Director of Executive MBA Programmes, Nottingham University Business School (September 2014- December 2016).
    • Lecturer in Business Law, Nottingham University Business School (April 2008- December 2016).
    • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Nottingham University Business School, (January 2004-September 2007).

    Teaching Activity


    I am module leader for BL3319 International Commercial Law and Practice and also teach on BL2602 Commercial Law.


    I contribute to the BDK400 MBA Project module for the Aston Online MBA students, as well as supervising MBA projects.

    PhD Supervision

    I have experience of PhD supervision and I am willing to supervise PhD students in any field of Chinese Law; International Business Law and International Economic Law, particularly the WTO; Consumer Protection; Comparative Law; Intellectual Property Law.

    Current supervision: Andrii Zharikov (The Role of Documentary Instruments Dispute Resolution Expertise (DOCDEX) in Resolving Trade Finance Disputes).

    Contact Details

    Phone: +44(0)121 204 3259
    Room: SW 714

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    Research Output

    Analysing the Notion of 'Consumer' in China’s Consumer Protection Law

    Thomas, K., 11 Dec 2018, In : Chinese Journal of Comparative Law. 6, 2, p. 294-318

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Assessing intellectual property compliance in contemporary China: the World Trade Organisation TRIPS Agreement

    Thomas, K., 7 Feb 2017, Palgrave Macmillan. 205 p. (Palgrave Series in Asia and Pacific Studies)

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Revolution or evolution? The development of consumer protection law in contemporary China

    Thomas, K., 2017, In : Journal of Business Law. 2017, 3, p. 181-197 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Dynamism in China’s civil procedure law: civil justice with Chinese characteristics

    Thomas, K., Jan 2016, The dynamism of civil procedure: global trends and developments. Picker, C. B. & Seidman, G. I. (eds.). Cham (CH): Springer, p. 119-139 21 p. (Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    The (re)birth of the consumer activist in China: the “Wang Hai Phenomenon” in the Light of Guiding Case No. 23

    Thomas, K., 25 Aug 2014, Stanford University, (China Guiding Cases Project).

    Research output: Working paperDiscussion paper


    China’s regulation of e-commerce and engagement with global norms

    Kristie Thomas (Speaker)

    14 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    The Pacific Review (Journal)

    Kristie Thomas (Editorial board member)

    May 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Global Society (Journal)

    Kristie Thomas (Editorial board member)

    May 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Journal of Current Chinese Affairs (Journal)

    Kristie Thomas (Editorial board member)

    May 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Key challenges and opportunities in UK-China research collaboration

    Kristie Thomas (Speaker)

    28 Nov 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Press / Media