Academic Staff

Dr Humphrey Ko 高敏鏗

Adjunct Associate Professor
BEng ACGI (Imperial), LLB (HKU), MA (Leeds), MA (Research) (Leeds), DPhil (Oxford)


Humphrey Ko is an Associate of the China Centre at the University of Oxford and a Research Associate at the National Institute of Chinese Studies in the UK. He is presently an editor of the Hong Kong Law Journal with responsibility for Chinese law.

Humphrey is interested in the non-mathematical histori-legal stability analysis of constitutional systems with specific interest in China and Japan. He was trained as a system engineer at Imperial College London and has been studying the systemic effects of legal reforms on late imperial and Republican China.

At the Law Faculty he collaborated with the former Sir Y K Pao Chair Professor Anthony Carty as co-investigator and was awarded a generous grant by the Research Grants Council for the investigation of 19th century Western international law’s systemic impact on the the Chinese Empire between 1842 and 1911.

Published Book: The Making of the Modern Chinese State: Cement, Legal Personality and Industry. Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

Current Project:  
The Idea of Legislation in 19th Century Imperial States.

Areas of Interest: Law and History