UCL Faculty of Laws


Joyman Lee

Key information

Joyman Lee’s research interests lie in trusts and fiduciary law, particularly in a comparative context between common law and civil law. His doctoral thesis “Structure and Rulemaking in English, Japanese and Quebec Trusts” explores the doctrinal architectures of different trusts laws, and argues that good faith provides a fruitful way of expressing common law trusts rules in civil law. He is also interested in the connections between private law and colonialism.

Joyman will be Lecturer in Common Law at the University of Glasgow in August 2021.

Research Supervisors

Areas of Expertise

Trusts and Property, Commercial Law, Comparative Private Law, Legal History

UCL Associations/Academic and Professional Memberships

  • Academic Editor, UCL Journal of Law and Jurisprudence (2018-2019)

Professional Experience

  • Visiting Researcher, Sciences Po Law School and Chargé d'enseignement vacataire, Sciences Po Campus du Havre, 2020-2021
  • Assistant professor of history in the U.S., 2013-2016


  • “The Nature of the Beneficiary’s Interest in English, Japanese and Quebec Trusts” (2021) 29(4) European Review of Private Law (forthcoming)
  • “The Irreducible Core of Trustee Duties in East Asian Trusts” (2021) 27(4) Trusts & Trustees (forthcoming)

Please see his website for Joyman’s publications as a historian of modern China.