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Dr Eric C Ip 葉子暘

Associate Professor of Law
BSocSc (Govt&Laws) (HKU), LLB (UNE), LLM (KCL), MSt (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)

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Eric C. Ip (DPhil, University of Oxford) is an Associate Professor of Law at The University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law.

His research on comparative public law has been published in peer-reviewed periodicals such as The American Journal of Comparative Law, Oxford Journal of Legal StudiesInternational & Comparative Law Quarterly, and Supreme Court Economic Review. He is the author of Law and Justice in Hong Kong (Sweet & Maxwell, 2nd edn, 2016).

Prior to joining HKU, he taught at University College London (UCL) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he served as Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Law.

Research Interests

Administrative Law
Constitutional Law
Legal Theory


Research Excellence Award, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2015)
Young Researcher Award, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2014)


Founding Convenor and Co-convenor (Constitutional Law), Overseas Lawyers Qualification Examination (2014-2015)
Member, Constitutional and Human Rights Committee, Law Society of Hong Kong (2012-2016)
Member and Panel Chairman, Selection Board, Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowships/Scholarships, Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund Council (2012-2014)

Journal Editorship

Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Law and Social Inquiry (2016-)
Associate Editor, Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal (2010-2011)



Ip, Eric C. Hybrid Constitutionalism: Constitutional Adjudication in the Chinese Special Administrative Regions (under contract with Cambridge University Press).

Ip, Eric C. Judging Regulators: The Political Economy of Anglo-American Administrative Law (under contract with Edward Elgar).

Ip, Eric C. Law and Justice in Hong Kong (Sweet & Maxwell, 2nd edn, 2016).

Select Articles and Book Chapters

Ip, Eric C. "Comparative Subnational Foreign Relations Law in the Chinese Special Administrative Regions," 65 International & Comparative Law Quarterly 953 (2016).

Ip, Eric C. "The Politics of Constitutional Common Law in Hong Kong under Chinese Sovereignty," 25 Washington International Law Journal 565 (2016).

Partlett, William E. & Eric C. Ip. "Is Socialist Law Really Dead?" 48 NYU Journal of International Law and Politics 463 (2016).

Ip, Eric C., "Constitutional Conflict in Hong Kong Under Chinese Sovereignty," 8 Hague Journal on the Rule of Law 75 (2016).

Ip, Eric C. "Legal Profession and Representation," in Understanding Criminal Justice in Hong Kong 211 (Wing Hong Chui and T. Wing Lo eds., Routledge, 2nd edn, 2016).

Ip, Eric C. "Prototype Constitutional Supervision in China: The Lessons of the Hong Kong Basic Law Committee," 10 Asian Journal of Comparative Law 323 (2015).

Ip, Eric C. "The Constitution of Economic Liberty in Hong Kong," 26 Constitutional Political Economy 307 (2015).

Ip, Eric C. "Mapping Parliamentary Law and Practice in Hong Kong," 3 The Chinese Journal of Comparative Law 97 (2015).

Ip, Eric C. "Doctrinal Antithesis in Anglo-American Administrative Law," 22 Supreme Court Economic Review 147 (2014).

Ip, Eric C. "Constitutional Competition between the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal and the Chinese National People's Congress Standing Committee: A Game Theory Perspective," 39 Law & Social Inquiry 824 (2014).

Ip, Eric C. "Taking a ‘Hard Look’ at ‘Irrationality’: Substantive Review of Administrative Discretion in the US and UK Supreme Courts," 34 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 481 (2014).

Ip, Eric C. "The Democratic Foundations of Judicial Review under Authoritarianism: Theory and Evidence from Hong Kong," 12 International Journal of Constitutional Law 330 (2014).

Ip, Eric C. "The High Court of the People: Popular Constitutionalism in Hong Kong under Chinese Sovereignty," 36 Law & Policy 314 (2014).

Ip, Eric C. "Kong Yunming Manifest Unreasonableness: The Doctrinal Future of Constitutional Review of Welfare Policy in Hong Kong," 44 Hong Kong Law Journal 55 (2014).

Ip, Eric C. "The Judicial Review of Legislation in the United Kingdom: A Public Choice Analysis," 37 European Journal of Law and Economics 221 (2014).

Ip, Eric C. "The Evolution of Constitutional Adjudication in the Chinese Special Administrative Regions: Theory and Evidence," 61 The American Journal of Comparative Law 799 (2013).

Jordan, Sara R. & Eric C. Ip. "Demystifying the Hermit Kingdom: the Constitution and Public Administration in North Korea," 79 International Review of Administrative Sciences 544 (2013).

Ip, Eric C. "The Institutional Foundations of Supreme Court Power in Britain's Representative Democracy," 48 Representation: The Journal of Representative Democracy 281 (2013).

Ip, Eric C. "The Economic Structure of Hong Kong Administrative Law: Efficiency and Legality of Government Decision-making since China’s Resumption of Sovereignty," 12Washington University Global Studies Law Review 227 (2013).

Ip, Eric C. "Judicial Review in China: A Positive Political Economy Analysis," 8 Review of Law and Economics 331 (2012).

Ip, Eric C. & Michael K.H. Law. "Decentralization, Agency Costs, and the New Economic Constitution of China," 22 Constitutional Political Economy 355 (2011).

Ip, Eric C. "A Positive Theory of Constitutional Judicial Review: Evidence from Singapore and Taiwan," 2 Asian Journal of Law and Economics 1 (2011).

Ip, Eric C. "The Supreme People's Court and the Political Economy of Judicial Empowerment in Contemporary China," 24 Columbia Journal of Asian Law 367 (2011).

Ip, Eric C. "Globalization and the Future of the Law of the Sovereign State," 8 International Journal of Constitutional Law 636 (2010).

Ip, Eric C. The Supreme Court and the Making of Public Policy in Contemporary China,” 7 The Michigan Journal of Public Affairs 1 (2010).

Ip, Eric C. "The Idea of Law in Classical Chinese Legalist Jurisprudence." 9 Global Jurist 2 (2009).