Visiting Scholar, Paul Tsai China Center
Dr. Xiao Pinghui is a senior lecturer at the Guangzhou University School of Law. He obtained a PhD in law focusing on food regulation from the University of South Australia in 2013. Since 2014, he has been advising the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the United Nations Development Programme on Chinese food laws and agricultural policy, among other issues. In 2018, he was nominated as a fellow of the International Visitors Leadership Program administered by the U.S. Department of State and joined leaders from 12 countries to visit U.S. federal government agencies to discuss the opioid crisis. Prior to pursuing his academic career, he worked in the former China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) and in this capacity was heavily involved in the drafting of policies and laws relating to food and drug e-commerce, among other things. His research is mainly focused on food and drug laws (including alcohol and controlled substances) and internet governance (especially platform liability). He is currently in charge of two research projects granted by China's National Social Science Fund and Ministry of Education to examine China’s digitalization policy and its interaction with the food and drug sector.