DSC_1040副本Xiaohui Wu


Xiaohui Wu is a land law and policy attorney and research manager who specializes in land rights and rule of law development in China.  Wu has conducted research on land rights, property law reform, land registration, and equitable development in rural China. He has experience in international human rights law and has worked in the United Nations system in China and national institutions. Wu has published extensively on a wide range of legal issues, ranging from public international law, human rights law, WTO and international trade regulations, rule of law and land rights of farmers in China.

Areas of Expertise:

Research methods; project management; land tenure policy; land rights formalization; land administration; land dispute resolution; inheritance law; marital property law; eminent domain law; forestland tenure; policy advocacy and communications; participatory processes.


LL.M., International Law degree, Renmin University of China.

S.J.D., University of Toronto, Canada.

LL.B. (with honors), Anhui University, China.

International experience:


Why I think securing land rights is so important:

“Land rights of farmers really hold the key to China’s future stability and the welfare of the poor in rural China. China’s development in the past three decades has not brought equitable benefits to millions of farmers. Millions of them were deprived of their land without fair compensation and due procedure. The drive towards urbanization and scale farming has become a new threat to farmers’ property right. Landesa is well positioned to support China’s reform towards greater land tenure security for farmers.”

Published Materials:

  • Wu, X. (2011). No Longer Outside, Not Yet Equal: Rethinking China’s Membership in the WTO. Chinese Journal of International Law, 10: 227-270. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Wu, X. (2010). Case Note: China – Measures Affecting Trading Rights and Distribution Services for Certain Publications and Audiovisual Entertainment Products. Chinese Journal of International Law, 9: 415-432. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Wu, X. (2010, 27 April). Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes. People’s Daily.
  • Wu, X. (2010). Reform of the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies: Some Theoretical and Practical Considerations. International Law Review of Wuhan University, 10. Wuhan, China: Wuhan University.
  • United Nations System in China. (2008). Review of the Human Rights-Based Approach Mainstreaming in the Joint Work of the UN System in China. China: Wu, X., Hada, R., et. al.
  • Wu, X. (2006). Support for Anti-corruption Reform: UNDP in the People’s Republic of China.  In Knowledge, Commitment, Action against Corruption in Asia and the Pacific, 77-82. Manila: ADB-OECD.
  • UNDP China. (2005). Project Document: Programme on Strengthening Rule of Law in China. China: Wu, X.
  • UNDP China. (2005). Project Document: Promoting the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in China. China: Wu, X. [Funded by the UNDP’s Global Democratic Governance Thematic Fund.]
  • UNDP. (2004). Programming for Justice: Access for All. New York: Wu, X. (contributor of sections on judicial independence and accessibility to justice). [Practitioner’s guide for UNDP programming staff.]
  • Wu, X. (2002). Human Rights: China’s Historical Perspectives in Context. Journal of the History of International Law, 4: 335-73. The Hague: Kluwer Law International.
  • Wu, X., Guo, S., et. al. (1995). Chapters VI & VII. In International Economic and Trade Arbitration Law. Beijing, China: China Law Press.
  • Wu, X. (1994). Case Analysis: Problems Relating to International Economic Law and Private International Law. Market Economy and New Knowledge of Law, 2: 13-36. Beijing, China: Market Economy and New Knowledge of Law Magazine.
  • Wu, X., Zen, X., et. al. (1993). Section Four: Private International Law. In Instructions for Preparing the National Bar Admission Examination. Beijing, China: China University of Public Security Press.
  • Wu, X., Xu, M., et al. (1992). International Trade Law; International Commercial Arbitration; and International Law. In Instructions for Preparing the National Bar Admission Examination. Beijing, China: China Auditing Press.
  • Wu, X. (1992, February 23). Sino-Foreign Joint Ventures and the Chinese Patent Law. China Patent Newspaper.