Academic Staff

Professor Michael Davis

BA (Ohio State), JD (UC Hastings), LLM (Yale)


Michael C. Davis joined the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law as a Visiting Professor in August 2011 after holding a full professorship at the Chinese University of Hong Kong since 1996. He generally teaches in the areas of international human rights, comparative constitutional law, and public international law, as well as in foundation areas such as legal systems and law and society. He has held a number of academic appointments especially in the human rights field, including the J. Landis Martin Visiting Professor of Human Rights Law at Northwestern University Law School (2005-06), the Robert and Marion Short Visiting Professor of Law in the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Notre Dame Law School (2004-05), the Schell Senior Fellow at the Orville Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at the Yale Law School (1994-95) and the Frederick K. Cox Visiting Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University Law School (2001)

His numerous publications on international law, constitutionalism, security, human rights and development (see select publication list) have appeared in several leading law reviews and public affairs journals. He has developed a number of research projects on territorial sovereignty and autonomy in peripheral China and has published related articles on Tibet, Hong Kong and Taiwan. His books include Constitutional Confrontation in Hong Kong (Macmillan, 1990), Human Rights and Chinese Values (OUP, 1995) and International Intervention: From Power Politics to Global Responsibility (ME Sharpe, 2004). Professor Davis holds law degrees from the University of California, Hastings College of Law (JD), and the Yale Law School (LLM).

Professor Davis has actively supported human rights and public affairs research, having served as the Chair of both the Human Rights Research Committee of the International Political Science Association and the Pacific Rim Interest Group of the American Society of International Law and on the editorial boards of several human rights journals and book series.

His public service and advisory commitments have included a wide range of international and local human rights NGOs and other public entities. In Hong Kong such public service has included an active role in human rights and democracy initiatives, serving such diverse groups as the, International Chamber of Commerce, the Asian Human Rights Commission, the Article 23 and 45 concern groups and the Hong Red Cross. He assisted the Hong Kong Red Cross and the ICRC to develop an international humanitarian law moot that now attracts students from across the Asia-Pacific region. His frequent public testimonies have included the US Congress and the Hong Kong Legislative‚Ä® Council, as well as executive-based commissions both in the US and Asia. He is a frequent media commentator.