Joseph Lee

Joseph Lee


  • Reader in Corporate and Financial Law , Law
  • Department of Law, Williamson Building, University of Manchester, 176 Oxford Rd

    M13 9QQ Manchester

    United Kingdom

Personal profile


Dr Joseph Lee is a reader in corporate and financial law in the school of law at the University of Manchester UK. He was a senior lecturer in corporate and commercial law at the University of Exeter UK and assistant professor of law at the University of Nottingham UK, which he joined immediately after the completion of his PhD at the University of London.


He is founding programme director of Manchester Online LLM Master of Laws in International Commercial and Technology Law.  He is author of the book Crypto-Finance, Law and Regulation: Governing an Emerging Ecosystem and the editor of the book Data Governance in AI, FinTech and RegTech and Takeover Law in the UK, the EU and China: State Interests, Market Players, and Governance Mechanisms.


He is lead of the Digital Tech and Crime, Centre for Digital Trust and Scoiety at the University of Manchester, member of the LawTech Advisory Council of the Astana International Financial Centre and member of the Manchester LawTech Initiative. Dr Lee has been principal investigator of research projects funded by UKRI, British Academy and British Council. He has held a number of visiting positions including at the University of Liège, KU Leuven, National Taiwan University, Tokyo University, Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Judicial Training Institute of Thailand. Dr Lee is an attorney-at-law of New York State. 

Dr Lee welcomes PhD applications in the field of Law and Technology. He is particularly interested in supervising projects in the following areas: AI systems and governance in financial industry, DAO and blockchain governance, cybersecurity and corporate governance, digital assets law and regulation, crypto-assets markets regulation, platform governnace  and Web3 governance. 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures


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