Section: Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • International Trade and Investment Law
  • Intellectual property law
  • Commercial law
  • Taxation law

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Christina Siyu Tao

Dr Christina Tao has a well-established and recognised research track record. Since joining Victoria University, she has taught intellectual property law, contract law, commercial law and taxation law. 

She has published several papers in highly ranked international journals, been involved in several research projects and presented research papers at numerous international and domestic conferences. She is currently undertaking an ASSA-CASS* joint action program and co-supervising a PhD student.

Christina practiced in the areas of international trade law and commercial law, worked in the University of Newcastle and Deakin University.

She is passionate in teaching, researching and supervising students in the areas of her expertise.

*ASSA-CASS -Academy of Social Sciences in Australia- Chinese Academy of Social Sciences


  • PhD in Law
  • Master of Law (by research)
  • Master of Law in Business and Trade Law
  • LL.B.

Key publications

Year Citation
2018 TAO, S. IYU. (180707). Lifting the Veil of Providing Foreign Legal Services in China - Becoming more open to international influences after WTO accession and FTAs establishment Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law.
2018 TAO, S. IYU. (180626). Liberalisation of Legal Services under ChAFTA Central University of Finance and Economics.
2018 TAO, S. IYU. (180611). Is English the barrier to fostering legal skills for English-as-second-language students? Victoria University of Wellington.
2015 TAO, S. (150101). Willing to Settle WTO Disputes Amicably? An empirical study of mutually agreed solution based on rational choice theory Fudan Law School and Deakin Law School.
2012 TAO, S. (120814). Service Industry and Industrial Transformation in China New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington.
2012 TAO, S. IYU. (120518). The Opening-up of Public Services under the WTO China University of Political Science and Law.
2011 TAO, S. IYU. (110527). Free Trade Agreement in Asia Asian Law Institute.

Year Citation
2019 TAO, C. S. (190613). Piercing the Veil of Foreign Legal Services in China. Journal of World Trade, (455-487).
2015 TAO, S. (150701). Potential Inconsistency Between China's GATS Obligations and Relevant Domestic Legislation. International Trade and Business Law Review, 18 (162-203).
2014 Tao, S. (140101). China's FTAs and GATS: The consistency and the achievements. Legal Issues of Economic Integration, 41(2), (133-168).

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Trade in Services Between China and Australia: Its LEgal Framework and a Path to Mutual Prosperity
From: Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
For period: 2019-2020

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor

Teaching activities & experience

Christina is Unit Coordinator of the following VU units:

  • Intellectual Property Law, BLB3129
  • Commercial Law, LLW2008
  • Taxation Law, BLB3134, BLO2206, BLO5539
  • Contract Law, BLB5555

Key academic roles

Dates Role Department / Organisation
Feb 2018 - Sep 2019
Lecturer in Law, College of Law & Justice
Victoria University
Dates Role & Department/Organisation
Feb 2018 -
Sep 2019
Lecturer in Law, College of Law & Justice
Victoria University

Professional memberships

  • Member, International Law Association
  • Member, Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law
  • Member, New Zealand Contemporary China Research Centre
  • Member, Australasian Law Teacher Association
  • Member, Asian Law Institute