CCPL was established in 1995 as a non-profit virtual research centre in the Faculty of Law.  Its goals are to (1) advance knowledge on public law and human rights issues primarily from the perspectives of international and comparative law and practice; (2) encourage and facilitate collaborative work within the Faculty of Law, the University of Hong Kong, and the broader community in the fields of comparative and public law; and (3) make the law more accessible to the community and more effective as an agent of social change.

The Centre’s projects and events generally come within one of the following themes: Comparative Public Policy; Comparative Human Rights; Constitutional Societies; and International Law in the Domestic Order.


On 20 November 2017, Centre Director Kelley Loper made a deputation to the Legislative Council Panel on Administration of Justice and Legal Services on the Consultation on Gender Recognition issued by the Hong Kong Government's Inter-departmental Working Group on Gender Recognition (IWG).  CCPL also made a submission to the IWG which is available here and includes the results of a recent telephone survey measuring public attitudes toward transgender people in Hong Kong.

CCPL Fellow and former Director, Puja Kapai, spoke on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace on RTHK Radio 3 on 27 November 2017. More information here.

CCPL congratulates CCPL Fellow, Dr. Po Jen Yap, on his newly published book, Courts and Democracies in Asia. A summary is available on the HKU Legal Scholarship Blog here, and the launch took place on 29 November 2017.

CCPL congratulates CCPL Deputy Director, Dr. Alex Schwartz, on the publication of his new article, "International Judges on Constitutional Courts: Cautionary Evidence from Post-Conflict Bosnia," in Law & Social Inquiry. The abstract is available on the HKU Legal Scholarship Blog here, and the article is available here.

CCPL is excited to announce that HKU, in conjunction with CCPL, will be hosting the ICON-S 2018 Annual Conference. The theme of this year's conference will be "Identity, Security, Democracy: Challenges for Public Law." Please see the call for papers here.

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Upcoming Events

ICON-S 2018 Annual Conference: Identity, Security, Democracy: Challenges for Public Law

Multiple Speakers

University of Hong Kong

25-27 June 2018

Call for Papers

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