Visiting Fellows Programme

CCPL has hosted numerous experts and students of public and comparative law. We offer a stimulating academic environment, and a unique opportunity to undertake research from a comparative persepctive. Please note that the programme is self-funding, that is, the Centre is currently unable to provide any financial assistance to Fellows. Visitors are welcomed on a rolling basis. Applicants must submit their materials for consideration no later than 60-days prior to their intended visit.

To apply please e-mail the following information:

  • a resume;
  • a summary of your proposed area of research;
  • the names and contact details of two academic and/or professional referees;
  • the proposed dates and duration of your stay;
  • a statement indicating what you hope to achieve during your visit, as well as how what you hope to acheive fits within one or more of the Centre’s four research themes (Comparative Public Policy; Comparative Human Rights; Constitutional Societies; and International Law in the Domestic Order);
  • a statement indicating why you feel CCPL is the best fit for your proposed research, including the names of particular colleagues/Faculty experts who might be of particular interest


Current Visiting Fellows

Prof Susan Finder
Susan Finder is a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Peking University School of Transnational Law. Her research concentrates on the Supreme People’s Court (SPC), much of which is published on her blog, the Supreme People’s Court Monitor (最高人民法院观察). She has researched the SPC on and off for over 30 years. In 2018, she was appointed to the SPC’s China International Commercial Court’s Expert Committee and was reappointed in 2022. This is Professor Finder’s second career in academia. She joined the School of Transnational Law after twenty years in China-related practice at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and in other roles. In her first academic career, she published the first comprehensive study of the operations of the SPC. Professor Finder is a member of the committee of the Shanghai International Arbitration Center and is on the panels of CIETAC, the Shanghai International Arbitration Center, and the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration.
Visiting Period: 15 December 2023 – 14 December 2024

Dr. Xinyu Huang
Dr. Xinyu Huang is a postdoctoral researcher in Peking University Transnational Law School and a JSD candidate in Yale Law School. Her research interests include legal history, comparative law and public law. Her recent research project focuses on anti-corruption and bureaucratic discipline in China. She received a PhD in law from Fudan University, a LLM from Yale University, a master’s degree of legal theory and a bachelor’s degree in law from Sun Yat-sen University.
Visiting Period: 22 January 2024 – 31 August 2024

Karen Kong
Karen Kong researches in the area of social and economic rights, public interest litigation, constitutional law and administrative law.  She is concerned with law, poverty and social justice issues including rights of immigrants, refugee rights, welfare rights, and rights of older persons. Her current research projects include comparative law and social policy, as well as how the Christian faith informs issues related to human rights and social justice. She has taught at the Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong, and is the founder of the Asian Economic and Social Rights Network, which aims to promote the understanding and realization of socio-economic rights in Asia.
Visiting Period: 1 March 2024 – 30 June 2025

Former Visiting Fellows

Dr Ed Johnston
Dr Ed Johnston is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Procedure. His research is focused on criminal justice and procedure and he specialises in the disclosure of evidence in criminal proceedings, the role of the defence lawyer and suspects’ rights. In 2018, Ed completed his PhD entitled ‘The Defence Lawyer in the Modern Era’. The thesis was based on empirical research that examined if the role of the defence lawyer ought to be re-conceived from that of a zealous advocate. Furthermore, the thesis examined the impact of the changing adversarial landscape for both defendants and the wider criminal justice process.
Visiting Period: 19 February 2024 – 1 March 2024

Dr. Alain Zysset
Dr. Alain Zysset is a Senior Lecturer in Public Law at the School of Law, University of Glasgow (UK). Alain’s research looks at the practice of regional and international courts from the perspective of legal and political theory. He is the author of the The ECHR and Human Rights Theory (Routledge, 2017) and is currently completing a new monograph entitled Calibrating the Response to Populism at the European Court of Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2024). Alain also has published in International Journal of Constitutional Law, Human Rights Law Review, Global Constitutionalism, Ratio Juris, Criminal Law and Philosophy, Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, Transnational Legal Theory, and Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy.
Visiting Period: 31 January 2024 – 29 February 2024

Dr. Jen Hendry
Jen Hendry is an Associate Professor in Law and Social Justice at the University of Leeds School of Law, and a graduate of the Universities of Glasgow (LLB Hons 2002) and Edinburgh (LLM 2003), and the European University Institute (PhD 2009). She researches in the fields of social and legal theory, socio-legal studies, and comparative legal studies, and is currently writing on issues of indigenous justice and legal pluralism. Jen is Director of the School’s Centre for Law and Social Justice, Vice-Chair of the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA), and member of the ESRC peer review college.
Visiting Period: 14 January 2019 – 30 June 2019

Dr. Mara Malagodi 
Dr. Mara Malagodi is a Professor at the City University Law School in London. She convenes the LLM course in Comparative Constitutional Law.  Mara also teaches on Constitutional & Administrative Law, Legal Method, and Public Law.  Mara is a comparative constitutional lawyer with a linguistically-informed specialism in South Asian law and politics (in particular Nepal, India, and Pakistan), human rights law, and legal history.  Her publications include the book Constitutional Nationalism and Legal Exclusion: Equality, Identity Politics, and Democracy in Nepal (1990-2007).
Visiting Period: 1 January 2019 – 30 June 2019

Mr. Yan Ho Lai
Mr. Yan Ho Lai is a Doctoral Candidate in Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He was awarded Bachelor Degree of Social Science in Government and Public Administration at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2008-2012. He began his service of research and teaching in universities and tertiary education institutions since 2014, after being awarded a degree of Master of Science in Political Sociology at London School of Economics and Political Science during 2012-2013. He is interested in studying comparative law and politics, law and social movement, legal culture and religious freedom. His current doctoral research evaluates the significance of law schools on the development of the legal profession and the rule of law culture in Hong Kong.
Visiting Period: 15 August 2018 – 14 July 2019

Dr. P Y Lo
Mr. Lo Pui-yin is a barrister in private practice for 24 years in Hong Kong. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales at the Inner Temple in July 1992. He was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of Hong Kong in September 1992. He was awarded a Bachelor of Laws degree by the University of London (at Second Class Upper Division), after completing a course of studies for that degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1988-1991. He was awarded the research degree of Doctor of Philosophy by the University of Hong Kong in 2012, based on a Thesis entitled: The Judicial Construction of the Basic Law: The Independent Judicial Power of the Courts of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The Thesis won the Li Ka Shing Prize (2010-11).
Visiting Period: 1 October 2017 – 30 September 2018

Mr. Jian Xu 
Mr. Jian Xu is a PhD candidate in political economy at Emory University. His research focuses on the political and legal risks faced by foreign investors in emerging economies. He is also interested in studying the influence of Chinese investment on the rule of law in Hong Kong, authoritarian judicial politics, and transnational anti-corruption legal regimes such as the FCPA. He received a master’s degree in political science from Duke University, and a Bachelor of Management degree from Zhejiang University. He was a visiting fellow at the Center for Chinese and Comparative Law at the City University of Hong Kong. He has given presentations to J.P. Morgan Chase’s commercial banking practice regarding insights on China’s political and economic landscape, with audience including senior management, bankers, treasury advisors and international specialists with the commercial bank.
Visiting Period:  20 -24 August 2018

Dr Benedict Coxon
Dr Benedict Coxon is Career Development Fellow in Law at Hertford College, Oxford, where he teaches Constitutional Law and Administrative Law.  His primary area of research is statutory interpretation. Dr Coxon’s work covers related public law issues and extends to comparative public law, with a focus on Commonwealth countries. His research while at the CCPL/HKU will be focused on common law principles of statutory interpretation that protect human rights, and the relationship of these with the Basic Law (and Bill of Rights).
Visiting Period: 30 July – 17 August, 2018

Prof. Aeyal Gross
Professor Aeyal Gross is a member of the Faculty in Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Law where he teaches International Law and Constitutional Law. He holds an LL.B. from Tel Aviv University (1990) and an S.J.D. from Harvard Law School (1996). In 1998 he was awarded the Diploma in Human Rights from the Academy of European Law, European University Institute, in Florence. Professor Gross serves as a member of the Board of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. He is a founding member of TAU’s LGBT & Queer Studies Forum. He also contributes regularly to the Israeli daily Ha’aretz. See Prof. Gross also served as a research fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at the University of London, as a Visiting Fellow at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies in South Africa, and as a Joseph Flom Global Health and Human Rights Fellow at Harvard Law School. Additionally he taught as a visitor in Columbia University and the University of Toronto and in the Academy of European Law, European University Institute, Florence. In 2017 he is a Fernard Braudel Senior Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence. He also teaches as Visiting Reader at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS),University of London. He is the author of numerous articles, including After the Falls: International Law between Postmodernity and Anti-Modernity (in Helene Ruiz-Fabri, Emanuelle Jouannet & J.M. Sorel, eds., Regards D’Une Generation Sur Le Droit International, Editions Pedone, 2008), Gender Outlaws Before the Law: The Courts of the Borderlands(Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, 2009),  Post/Colonial Queer Globalization and Human Rights: Images of LGBT Rights, (Jindal Global Law Review,   2013), Litigating the Right to Health: What Can We Learn from a Comparative Law and Health Care Systems Approach (Health and Human Rights, 2015),  “We Didn’t Want to Hear the Word Calories”: Rethinking Food Security, Food Power,  Food Sovereignty – Lessons from the Gaza Closure (With Tamar Feldman, Berkeley Journal of International Law, 2015), and “Homogloblism: The Emregence of Global Gay Governance” (in Dianne Otto, ed., Queering International Law, Routledge 2017). He is the co-editor, with Colleen Flood, of The Right To Health At The Public/Private Divide: A Global Comparative Study (Cambridge University Press,  2014), which includes his article The Right to Health in Israel Between Solidarity and Neo-liberalism, and the author of The Writing on the Wall: Rethinking the International Law of Occupation (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
Visiting Period: 25 – 29 June 2018

Dr. Mara Malagodi 
Dr. Mara Malagodi is a Professor at the City University Law School in London. She convenes the LLM course in Comparative Constitutional Law.  Mara also teaches on Constitutional & Administrative Law, Legal Method, and Public Law.  Mara is a comparative constitutional lawyer with a linguistically-informed specialism in South Asian law and politics (in particular Nepal, India, and Pakistan), human rights law, and legal history.  Her publications include the book Constitutional Nationalism and Legal Exclusion: Equality, Identity Politics, and Democracy in Nepal (1990-2007).
Visiting Period: 2-24 September, 2017

Dr. Carol Tan
Dr. Carol Tan is a Professor of Law at SOAS, University of London.  She is the Culture & Society Programme Convenor (LLM & MA in Law), and her courses taught includes Law and Society in Southeast Asia.  She is on the Academic Staff of the SOAS Centre of Southeast Asian Studies, and is a Member of the SOAS Centre for Migration and Diaspora Studies. Between 1998 and 2000 she was a Research Fellow in Law at the University of Hong Kong. She is author of numerous articles and book chapters, and authored the book British Rule in China: Law and the Administration of Justice in Weihaiwei 1898-1930.
Visiting Period: 12-26 September, 2017

Dr. Nozomu Ishiwi 
Dr. Nozomu Ishiwi is a Professor in the Faculty of Humanities, Department of Comparative Cultures at the Nagasaki Junshin Catholic University in Japan.  He is researching the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands dispute between Japan and China, is conducting a comparative analysis of their legal and historical positions, and is a top scholar in this area.   His publications include the book Hanvun Historical Documents of Senkaku Tiohisu Islands.
Visiting Period: 20 August – 19 September, 2017

Dr. Saskia Maria Hufnagel
She is a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law and Co-Director of the Criminal Justice Centre (CJC) at Queen Mary University of London. She previously worked as a Research Fellow at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, Griffith University, Australia, and was a Leverhulme Fellow at the University of Leeds. During the completion of her PhD she taught at the ANU College of Law and between 2009 and 2011 she held a permanent teaching position at the University of Canberra. During her stay, she gave a short-term training workshop and worked closely with Professor Simon Young to develop a research grant proposal on transnational criminal law.
Visiting Period: 24 Jan – 13 Mar 2017

Dr. Charanjit Singh
He is a Senior Lecturer in Law and Research Academic, University of Westminster.  He is also a senior academic barrister with research in the fields of corporate and financial law, company law, evidence, International ADR, financial crime and International crime and criminal justice. He conducted research reviewing voice identification evidence in Hong Kong and conducting a comparative analysis of how to collect and make the best practical use of biometric voice identification evidence in the UK and Hong Kong.
Visiting Period: 1 Jun – 31 Jul 2017

Mr. Benoit Mayer
He is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law of Wuhan University, where he is affiliated with both the International Law Institute and the Environmental Law Institute. He graduated from Sciences Po Lyon, McGill University and the National University of Singapore.  Benoit Mayer is also affiliated with the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, the Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law (McGill), and the Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (NUS). His recent research has focused on the concept of “climate migration” in global governance, on the articulation of the climate regime with central concepts in international law (e.g. responsibility and reparations, sovereignty, human rights) and on more specific issues within international and domestic climate change law.
Visiting Period: 16 Jan – 16 Feb 2016

Ms. Stephanie Persson
She won the Edwin Parker Prize for excellence in international law as well as the Human Rights Institute Commendation for Leadership and Commitment in Human Rights. She was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar from 2013 until 2015, where she received an award for high academic achievement. In addition, she is a member of the Civil Rights Society and Co-Chair of Rightslink. Her focus entailed researching the evolution of Chinese laws relating to children, comparing China’s current laws to international norms and standards, to assess the extent to which China is meeting its obligations under the CRC, and track the influence of foreign legal systems on some of the recent reforms (for example the British inspired “appropriate adult” system in juvenile interrogations).  Additionally, Persson sought to compare and contrast the current child welfare and juvenile delinquency systems in mainland China and Hong Kong and examine the drivers behind the current reform movements – focusing on changes in political will, as well as the use of “pilot programs” and the various roles that local actors have played in pushing for reforms.
Visiting Period: 8 Feb – 29 July 2016

Mr. Maximilian Kressner
He is working on a PhD in Public Health Law at the Max-Planck-Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in conjunction with the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) in Munich, Germany. He holds a master’s level degree in law (First State Examination) from the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, as well as a Magister Juris (MJur) from the University of Oxford, where he specialised in Comparative Public Law and Medical Law and Ethics. His research interest is in the area of public health promotion and disease prevention, with particular focus on the constitutional restraints on public health interventions and the protection of individual liberty and personal autonomy, and the right to health in international law. He is also tutor for public and private law at the LMU Munich.
Visiting Period: 7 – 24 Mar 2016

Mr. Paul Backer
He has 20+ years of professional experience as an attorney and C level company officer; served as the General Counsel of an energy company with over a dozen international subsidiaries; led over $1.25 billion in Eurobond and other domestic and international securities and financial transactions; and is a member of the New York State Bar with Dual LL.M. degrees from Georgetown University Law Center in International Law and in Securities Regulation. He has a career long interest in the impact of international regulation on company operations and how companies can effectively respond, having begun his legal career with a U.S. Government position focused on the nexus of international finance and investment and regulatory and sanctions regimes.
Visiting Period: 15 Jul – 30 Aug 2016

Dr. Paul-Erik Korvela
He is an Adjunct Professor of Political Science (valtio-opin dosentti) of the University of Jyväskylä, currently working in the project ”East-West Conceptual Contestations” (2015-2018), funded by the Finnish Academy.
Visiting Period: 1 Nov  – 30 Nov 2016

Mr. Ben Capell
He is researching drivers of inclusion in Asian Global Cities at the CCPL between March and June 2015. The study focuses on different approaches to address discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation in global Asian cities, including Hong Kong, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Taipei. Ben joined the CCPL following the completion of the requirements for his PhD at ESADE Business School. His main areas of research include Trust, Cross-Cultural Management, Organisational HR practices and Diversity. Ben is also a head researcher of ESADE’s Future of Work Chair, an academic research unit that is dedicated to understand future trends in workplace and help organisations prepare for tomorrow’s reality. Apart from his academic work Ben is also an organisational development consultant. Prior to his academic work, Ben held multiple senior roles in leading multinational corporations in the area of people development.
Visiting Period: 2 Mar – 5 Jun 2015

Dr. Walter Lee
He first visited Centre for Comparative and Public Law (CCPL) at the University of Hong Kong as a Visiting Fellow in 2013. He was also a Visiting Scholar to Division of International Politics Theory, Institute of World Economics and Politics at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing. His second visit to CCPL between January and March 2015 is a preparation of postdoctoral research project on international legal theory in Sino-Western comparative perspective, in relation to Knowledge Archaeology of Chinese International Relations (KACIR) and the reinvention of Chinese cosmopolitanism. Walter is a doctoral candidate at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Visiting Period: 1 Jan – 31 Mar 2015

Dr. Carol Tan
She is a Reader in Law at the School of Law at SOAS, University of London, where she teaches English Contract Law and Migrant Workers and the Law in Southeast Asia.  During her fellowship at the Centre, in April and July 2014, she intends to further her research project on the study of domestic workers and the law in Hong Kong from a comparative, contextual and socio-legal perspective. Dr. Tan intends ultimately to develop, towards completion, a project on Hong Kong domestic helpers as litigants.
Visiting Period: 2 Apr – 19 Apr 2014

Ms. Sophie Christabel Palombo
She is a qualified solicitor of England and Wales, and a recent graduate (LLM) in International and Comparative Law at the George Washington University in Washington DC. While based in the Centre, she will pursue research in the following areas: human rights and private companies – a comparative analysis of how private companies can be held responsible for environmental and human rights impacts, human rights and the environment; pre-trial detention and terrorism – whether the presumption of innocence has been subverted by fears of terrorism and developing a complaint mechanism for ASEAN. Sophie will serve as Visiting Fellow from June through December 2014.
Visiting Period: 4 Jun – 31 Dec 2014

Mr. S.R.Subramanian
He is an Assistant Professor at the Ragiv Gandhi School if Intellectual Property Law (Indian Institute of Technology) in Kharagpur India. His research project while based at the Centre will examine how different laws of international law interact with each other, with a special focus on the relationship between international humanitarian law and arms control law. The research is expected to contribute to the discourse on multi-lateral treaty obligations and the legal consequences arising out of them, and to add coherence to the debate on unity versus fragmentation of international law.
Visiting Period: 16 Jun – 12 Jul 2014

Mr. Simon Hooey Lee
He is the Director of Hong Kong & Macao Centre for Strategic Research Institute at China Resources Ltd. His research interests include Hong Kong Basic Law, Chinese legal system and constitutional law. Dr. Lee is a consultant to the Harvard Law School (Program on International Financial Systems). During his fellowship at the Centre, from May 2013 through May 2014, he intends to further his research on the Hong Kong Basic Law.
Visiting Period: May 2013 – May 2014

Mr. Walter Lee
He visited the Centre from January through June 2013. During his stay, he focussed on researching and writing Chapter III and Chapter IV of his doctoral thesis, titled ‘The PRC’s Doctrine of Non-interventionism Assessed in Comparison with Classical Chinese Conceptions of Jus ad Bellum.’ Walter is a PhD Candidate at the University of Auckland.
Visiting Period: Jan – Jun 2013

Ms. Alison Duxbury
She spent her fellowship conducting research on the impact of human rights on judicial review. Alison is an Associate Professor at Melbourne Law School and an Associate Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law.
Visiting Period: Mar – Apr 2013

Mr. Phil C.W. Chan
He graduated from HKU with the Rowdget W. Young Medal in Law in 2002 and from Durham with an LLM in 2004. He served as Researcher in the Hong Kong office of Baker Botts in 2005 and in visiting research positions in law, international relations and Asian studies at Cambridge, Keele, St Andrews, ANU, Toronto, Ottawa, Freiburg and Vanderbilt during 2006–2008, and as Visiting Research Fellow at Otago and Lecturer in Law at Waikato during 2010–2011. During his visit at the Centre between April and July 2013, in addition to developing his PhD thesis (National University of Singapore) on the symbiotic relationship between China’s exercise of sovereignty and the international legal order for publication as a monograph, he will undertake research on how immigration law has historically been used to discriminate against Chinese immigrants, and on the implications of British National (Overseas) status in international and municipal law. He will also give a seminar based on his thesis.
Visiting Period: Apr – Jul 2013

Dr. Bryane Michael
He was a Fellow with the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law’s Centre for Comparative and Public Law and the Asian Institute of International Financial Law in 2013. As a jurist, he specialises in the design of legislation, regulation and contracts using tools from law, economics, management theory and public administration. His professional background includes 5 years with the World Bank and OECD and over a decade of work with the EU and UN advising governments of Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria and others.His private sector background includes advising a top 3 Wall Street investment house and seats on the Boards of several UK and Hong Kong organisations.His academic background includes teaching at Oxford and recently Columbia. He speaks English, Spanish, French, Russian, Turkish and about 500 characters of Chinese.
Visiting Period: 2013

Dr. Stefan Gruber 
He is a lecturer at Sydney Law School and is currently working on a book on cultural heritage law and policy in China.  During his fellowship, he presented a seminar on illicit trafficking in Chinese antiquities.
Visiting Period: Oct – Nov 2012

Mr. Barry Weisberg 
He is an activist, lecturer and teacher from the United States and is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on global violence and peace building. He developed his research in this area while based in the Centre.
Visiting Period: Aug – Dec 2012

Professor Norbert Varga
His research topic was the development of citizenship law in the British Empire in the early colonial era, with special attention to the status of citizens of Hong Kong in the 19th century. During his stay, he hosted a seminar on International Treaties and Citizenship Law in the 19th Century.
Visiting Period: Aug – Sep 2012

Dr. P Y Lo
During the tenure as Visiting Fellow of the Centre, Dr Lo conducted research on the courts and judicial system of the HKSAR in their context for the purpose of preparing the “country report” on the courts of the HKSAR for the book project on Asian Courts in Context: A Comparative Study, organized by a collaborative research group at the College of Law, National Taiwan University. As the investigation progresses, Dr Lo reported his findings in seminars organized by the Centre.
Visiting Period: Mar 2012

Mr. Holning Lau
He focused on his collaboration with CCPL Deputy Director and Director of the LLM in Human Rights Programme Kelley Loper, which investigated the significance of marital status to legal rights and responsibilities in Hong Kong.
Visiting Period: Jan 2012

Mr. Kevin Ladouceur
He conducted a comparative study of the legal uncertainty of the rules of conflict of laws in the French, American and Chinese legal systems during his fellowship.
Visiting Period: Mar – Jun 2012

Mr. Henry Lin
He is a senior prosecutor with the Taichung District Prosecutors Office. He was part of the team of prosecutors in Taiwan which drafted the agreement between Taiwan and China on “Cross-Strait Joint Crime-Combating Cooperation and Mutual Legal Assistance”. His research at the Centre focused on the Hong Kong approach to mutual legal assistance.
Visiting Period: Jan – Apr 2012

Mr. David Pimentel
He conducted research on post-conflict judicial reform and the concomitant exploration of comparative judicial systems. The research laid foundation for future research on judicial reform in developing and post-conflict Asia.
Visiting Period: Dec 2011

Mr. Bryane Michael
His research focused on the investigation and prosecution of corruption inside the PRC. Bryane continues to work with the Centre as a Senior Research Assistant, on a project related to local and international corruption laws.
Visiting Period: Sep 2011 – Feb 2012

Mr. Ben Bridge
Ben pursued two research areas during his fellowship: an investigation of the relationship between parliamentary privilege and trust in Parliament; and the boundaries of non-statutory executive powers.
Visiting Period: Sep 2011 – Feb 2012

Dr.  Louise Floyd
He is Director of Research at James Cook Law School, Australia & a Barrister to the Supreme Court of Queensland – also in Australia.  She is a former Visiting Scholar to Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, USA; and Visiting Fellow to the Industrial and Labor Relations School at Cornell, New York, USA.  Dr  Floyd’s most recent publications are appearing in: the Australian Business Law Review, the Australian Bar Review and the Hong Kong Law Journal.  A former Judge’s Associate, Dr  Floyd undertakes work as a consultant to governments and private law firms in addition to her research.  She also performs pro bono work and is involved in a number of charities promoting animal welfare.
Visiting Period: Apr 2009 – Apr 2010

Dr. Matthew Groves
He is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, Monash University, Australia. His main research interest is administrative law and parliamentary privilege. Matthew is co-author of the leading Australian work on administrative law – Judicial Review of Administrative Action (3rd ed 2004, 4th ed 2009). He has also edited several books and published many articles on public law. He is also part of a major project, funded by the Australian Research Council, on governance in India from 1,000-2000 AD. Prior to appointment, Matthew was Legal Adviser to the Chairman of the Victorian Bar and Clerk to the Executive Council of Victoria.
Visiting Period: 12 – 23 Jan 2009

Ms. Beatriz Garcia
She is concluding a PhD thesis on the International Legal Protection of the Amazon at the Law Department of the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. She has worked at the Biodiversity and Climate Change Section of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), where she carried out research on climate change, notably the Kyoto Protocol clean development mechanism, trade and environment, biodiversity and law of the sea. At UNCTAD she has also conducted the formulation of a regional BioTrade program in the Amazon, involving the eight Amazon basin States. She undertakes a comparative study between the Amazon and the Mekong international legal regimes. Her research interests are in international environmental law, particularly water management and tropical forests, international governance and policy.
Visiting Period: Mar – Jul 2008

Judge Kim Ye Young
Kim is Judge, Seoul Central District Court, Republic of Korea. Judge Kim was on special dispatch by the Supreme Court of Korea and the Ministry of Unification to develop unification related matters.
Visiting Period: Feb – Aug 2009

Mr. David S. Lee
He received a JD from UCLA School of Law, an MA from Harvard University, and a BA, cum laude, from Brigham Young University. David has a keen interest in international law, economic development, and issues related to the Korean peninsula, particularly North Korean human rights. He is currently an associate with Goldman Sachs. While affiliated with the Centre, David explored the relationship between Hong Kong and mainland China, hoping to garner insights relevant to the reconciliation of the two Koreas. Additionally, David hopes to work on a variety of projects ranging from human rights to examining the intersection between cross-border M&A activity and national security.
Visiting Period: Nov 2007 – Jun 2008

Judge Oh Seok Hoon
He is Judge, Seoul Central District Court, Republic of Korea (Visiting Fellow April-July 2009). He was previously a judge in the Seoul Busan District Court from 1999 to 2007. On special dispatch by the Supreme Court of Korea and the Ministry of Unification, he will research the practice and theories on solving conflicts of law between mainland China and Hong Kong during his visit.
Visiting Period: Apr – Jul 2009

Ms. Emily Y. Y. So
She obtained her LLM in public international law from the London School of Economics and Political Science as a Chevening Scholar. She is an alumnus of LLB and PCLL at the University of Hong Kong, with one year of exchange at Duke University. Before joining the CCPL, Emily interned in various organizations, including the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission Headquarters in Washington D.C. and Barnes & Daly in Hong Kong. Emily is keenly interested in the legal relations between Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland. At the CCPL, her research advances the arguments for the recognition of Hong Kong as a site for transformation of China in public international law.
Visiting Period: Jan – Feb 2008

Ms Dinusha Panditaratne
She obtained a BA in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford (Balliol) , and an LLM from Yale. After practicing in New York for three years, Dinusha taught at City University. She has also worked for the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission in Sydney, and as a researcher for the Law & Society Trust, Colombo, Sri Lanka. She is now teaching at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. During her time with CCPL Dinusha worked on a comparative study of pre-1997 and post-1997 reports on Hong Kong submitted to United Nations (UN) human rights committees. The project was initiated by Christine Loh of Civic Exchange. She also gave a Rights Talk on her PhD research, The Concept of the Family in International Human Rights Law.
Visiting Period: May 2004

Judge Chang-Ho Chung
He is a member of the Seoul High Court of Korea. He was inquiring into the relationship between the legal system of the HKSAR and that of China, with particular emphasis on issues that are relevant to the eventual reunification of North and South Korea.
Visiting Period: Apr – Sep 2005

Mary-Katherine Burke
She is a law student at Rutgers University-School of Law, Newark. She was working on the < href=”#”>Trafficking project.
Visiting Period: May – Jul 2005

Ms. Shanghee Ahn
She worked for the Policy Development and Coordination division of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRC) as a deputy director since its establishment in 2002. While she was with CCPL she examined the work of Hong Kong Equal Opportunities Commission.
Visiting Period: Nov – Feb 2005

Mr. Christopher Chaney
He is a law student from the University of Hawaii, was with the Centre as part of UH’s externship programme. He received a BA from Macalester College and an MA from the University of Hawaii’s Center for Chinese Studies. While this was Chris’s first time in Hong Kong, he has spent time in the mainland, including a year working at Peking University’s Office of International Relations. While at the Centre he conducted further research on functional constituencies and proposals for democratic development in Hong Kong. He prepared an Occasional Paper based on his research which is available on this website.
Visiting Period: Spring semester 2004

Ms. Helen Irving
She gave a public lecture and a rights talk during her time with the Centre. She returned in April 2005 to participate in a CCPL conference on autonomy.
Visiting Period: Nov – Dec 2004

Ms. Sophia Woodman
Her research, which focused on programs aimed at improving protections and respect for human rights in China, was funded by a fellowship from the Global Security and Cooperation Program of the US-based Social Science Research Council. Before joining the Centre, Sophia worked with the NGO Human Rights in China (HRIC), arriving in Hong Kong in 1996 to set up the group’s office here, and was responsible for the organization’s thematic research and for editing its quarterly publication China Rights Forum. Sophia has a master’s degree in politics from School of Oriental and African Studies in London, and another master’s degree from Columbia Journalism School.
Visiting Period: 2002 – 2003

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