CCPL Visiting and Student 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 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;

-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

to Dr. Sherif Elgebeily, Assistant Research Officer, CCPL.

Visiting Fellow: External academics who visit the Centre and conduct research here, deliver lectures, or participate in other significant ways.

Student Fellow: HKU and visiting postgraduate and undergraduate students who undertake research and play a role in the Centre.

Visiting Fellows 2015

Ben Capell 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.

Walter Lee 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 Fellows 2014

Dr. Carol Tan 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.

Daniel Yip is a former CCPL Student Researcher (2012 – 2103), who assisted on the Conduct Unbecoming Project. His proposed research will examine how the interdisciplinary theory of constructivism and Harold Koh’s Transnational Legal Process can be used to explain the development of the Unified Screening Mechanism, and how Hong Kong now de facto screens for refugees according to the “refugee definition” in the Refugee Convention despite not being a signatory to the Convention. Daniel's apointment as a Visiting Student Fellow will run from June through August 2014.

Sophie Christabel Palombo 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.

S.R. Subramanian is an Assistant Professor of Law and the Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law, the Indian Institute of Technology. In addition to his teaching, he is currently leading a research project on international law sponsored by the Indian Institute for Innovative Research and Development. He was recently awarded the Erasmus Mundus scholarship by the European Commission to pursue a Masters program at the University of Leipzig. He will visit the Centre from June to July to conduct research on the relationship between international humanitarian law and arms control law.

Visiting Fellows 2013

Dr. Bryane Michael 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.

Dr. Simon Hoey Lee 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). He has also served as the Deputy Governor in the Xifeng County of GuiZhou Province with his legal expertise in 2009-2012. His recent publications include “A Study on the Hong Kong Basic Law Drafting Materials”, and “Hong Kong Basic Law: Case Studies” (in Chinese) published by the Joint Publisher in 2012. During his fellowship at the Centre, he intends to further his research on the Hong Kong Basic Law.

Phil C.W. Chan 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.

Walter Lee is visiting the Centre from January through June 2013. During his stay, he is focussing 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.

Alison Duxbury visited the Centre during the months of March and April 2013. 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 Fellows 2012

Dr. Stefan Gruber visited the Centre in October / November 2012.  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 will present a seminar on illicit trafficking in Chinese antiquities.

Barry Weisberg visited the Centre from August through December 2012. Barry 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 will develop his research in this area while based in the Centre.

Professor Norbert Varga visited the Centre in August/September 2012. 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.

PY Lo joined the Centre as a Visiting Fellow in March 2012. During the tenure as Visiting Fellow of the Centre, Dr Lo will conduct 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 will report his findings in seminar(s) to be organized by the Centre.

Holning Lau spent his fellowship in January 2012 focussing 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 Fellows 2011

David Pimentel joined the Centre as a Visiting Fellow in December 2011. 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.

Bryane Michael visited the Centre from September 2011 through February 2012. His research focussed 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.

Kevin Ladouceur 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, which ran from March 2012 through June 2012.

Henry Lin, a senior prosecutor with the Taichung District Prosecutors Office, was appointed as a CCPL Visiting Fellow from January through April 2012. Henry 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 focussed on the Hong Kong approach to mutal legal assistance.

Ben Bridge was appointed as a CCPL Visiting Fellow from September 2011 through February 2012. Ben pursued two research areas during his fellowship: an investigation of the relationship between parliamentary privilege and trust in Parliament; and the boudaries of non-statutory executive powers.

Former Visiting Fellows and Student Fellows

Dr  Louise Floyd (Visiting Fellow April, 2009 and April, 2010) 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.

Dr Matthew Groves (Visiting Fellow 12-23 January 2009) 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.

Beatriz Garcia (Visiting Fellow March-July 2008) 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.

Kim Ye Young, Judge, Seoul Central District Court, Republic of Korea (Visiting Fellow February-August 2009). Judge Kim is on special dispatch by the Supreme Court of Korea and the Ministry of Unification to develop unification related matters.

David S. Lee (Visiting Fellow November 2007-June 2008) 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.

Oh Seok Hoon, 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.

Emily Y.Y. So (Visiting Fellow January-February 2008) 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.

Dinusha Panditaratne 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.

Judge Chang-Ho Chung (April-September 2005) 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.

Mary-Katherine Burke (May-July 2005) is a law student at Rutgers University-School of Law, Newark. She was working on the < href="#">Trafficking project.

Sophia Woodman (2002-2003) joined the Centre in January 2002 as a visiting scholar. 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.

Christopher Chaney (Spring semester 2004), 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.

Helen Irving (November-December 2004) 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.

Shanghee Ahn (November-February 2005) 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.




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