UCL European & International Social & Political Studies

Dr Alessandro Spano

Dr Alessandro Spano

Lecturer (Teaching)

Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
1st Jul 2009

Research summary

  • Chinese  law with particular focus on Chinese competition law, the investment activities of Chinese State-owned enterprises and EU-China Relations. 
  • International trade and investment law
  • EU law 

Teaching summary


  • EU law (ESPS0005/6): Convenor
  • Principles of Public International Law (ESPS0007/8): Convenor
  • Law and Governance in Contemporary China (ESPS0009): Convenor 
  • Cyberlaw and Governance of Digital Markets (ESPS0010): Convenor
  • EISPS Dissertation (ESPS0029): Convenor


  • International Trade Law (LAWS0255): Lecturer 
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea – (LAWS0241): Lecturer 

Other academic roles:

  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) - EISPS Department
  • Departmental Research Ethics Panel - EISPS Department 
  • Deputy Chief Examiner for the Carriage of Goods by Sea and International Trade Law modules on the University of London International Programme.


Dr Spano holds a joint-appoint as a Lecturer at the Faculty of Laws and at the European & International Social & Political Studies (EISPS) Department. He is the Academic and Teaching Convenor for the Law Modules at EISPS.

Dr Spano is the Director of the EISPS China Centre for Politics, Law and Culture at UCL. 

Dr Spano is also a member of the Centre for Commercial law and of the Centre for Law and Governance in Europe at UCL. Dr Spano is a Fellow at the Centre of European Law at King's College London and at the Asian Institute of International Financial Law (AIIFL) at the University of Hong Kong. 

From 2009 to 2012, he was a Research Fellow at the School of Law of King’s College London. In April 2009, he was awarded with the European Commission’s EU-China Science and Technology Fellowship Programme. In this respect, from 2009 to 2012, he conducted research in academic institutions in mainland China and Hong Kong in the areas of WTO Law, Competition Law and Chinese Law. From 2009 to 2011, he was Research Fellow at the School of Law of the Tsinghua University of Beijing. 


King’s College London

Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2013

King’s College London

Other higher degree, Master of Philosophy | 2006

College of Europe, Natolin 

Master in Advanced European Studies | 2004

Paris X Nanterre University

Maîtrise (four-year law degree) | 2003