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Gil Lan - Ted Rogers School of Management. Toronto, ON, CA

Gil Lan Gil Lan

Associate Professor, School of Business Management | Ted Rogers School of Management

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Professor Lan focuses on business and corporate law, corporate governance, and international business law in China





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Gil Lan is an Associate Professor in the Law and Business Department at the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) where he teaches business law. He is also a Council Member of the Canada-China Institute for Business Development at TRSM. He received his B.Sc. from the University of Toronto and his LL.B., LL.M. and Ph.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School. In addition to teaching at Ryerson University, Dr. Lan has lectured at Osgoode Hall Law School where he has taught Business Associations and he has, since 2008, taught in the LL.M. program for International Business Law.

Dr. Lan is an avid speaker and his presentation venues have ranged from academic conferences sponsored by universities and academic organizations in Canada, the U.S., and China to profession-oriented events sponsored by organizations such as the Ontario Bar Association and the Association of Chinese-Canadian Lawyers of Ontario.

His research centres on corporate-commercial law with a focus on international perspectives as well as the law’s potential to promote social goals and innovation. His specific interests include comparative law approaches, international business law, corporate governance, government regulation of business, social enterprise, law and development, and Chinese law.

Dr. Lan’s research has addressed issues such as how China managed to accomplish phenomenal economic growth after 1979 without a strong Western-style property regime, how Canada’s foreign investment laws could be improved, and the inter-relationship between corporate law structures and ascending innovative entrepreneurship models such as social enterprise. In his presentations and guest lectures, he has addressed a range of topics including corporate governance in different countries, the Chinese legal system, social entrepreneurship and legal structures, diversity in the legal profession, and barriers facing immigrant entrepreneurs.

In 2013, Dr. Lan was a recipient of the Dean’s Teaching Award at TRSM. In the summer of 2014, he received the Hoeber Memorial Award – Outstanding Article, from the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, for his comparative law article on China and the U.S.

Areas of Expertise (4)

Corporate Governance Corporate Law Business Law International Business and China

Accomplishments (2)

Hoeber Memorial Award – Outstanding Article (2014) – awarded by the Academy of Legal Studies in Business and American Business Law Journal (professional)


Deans Teaching Award – Ted Rogers School of Management (professional)


Education (4)

Osgoode Hall Law School: Ph.D.

Osgoode Hall Law School: L.L.M.

Osgoode Hall Law School: L.L.B.

University of Toronto: B.Sc.

Selected Articles (1)

American Legal Realism Goes to China: The China Puzzle and Law Reform American Business Law Journal

Gil Lan


A current prevailing theory states that a nation needs a well-enforced system of formal property and contract rights in order to enjoy economic growth (the “Rights Theory”).[1] This theory has prestigious intellectual foundations[2] and also enjoys the support of international organizations such as the World Bank.[3] In the midst of many developing and developed nations still struggling from the aftershock of the 2008 Financial Crisis, one nation stands out conspicuously: China...

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