Research Profile

Benny Tai Yiu Ting 戴耀廷

Benny Y. T. Tai, Associate Professor, specializes in constitutional law, administrative law, law & governance, law & politics and law & religion. He has been an Associate Dean of the Faculty of Law between 2000 and 2008. 

His major publications include: “The advent of substantive legitimate expectations in Hong Kong: two competing visions” (2002) Public Law 688-702; “Chapter One of Hong Kong’s New Constitution: Constitutional Positioning and Repositioning,” in Ming Chan and Alvin Y. So (ed.) Crisis and Transformation of China's Hong Kong (M.E. Sharpe, 2002); “One Principle...Two Principles...3,4,5,6,7,8,9 Factors for Constitutional Reform,” in Johannes Chan and Lison Harris (eds.), Hong Kong's Constitutional Debate, 2005, (Hong Kong: Hong Kong Law Journal Limited, 2005), pp15-28; “Developing an Index of the Rule of Law: Sharing the Experience of Hong Kong” (2007) 2 Asian Journal of Comparative Law89-109; “Basic Law, Basic Politics: The Constitutional Game of Hong Kong” (2007) 37 HKLJ 503-578; “An Unexpected Chapter Two of Hong Kong’s Constitution: New Players and New Strategies” in Ming Sing (ed.) Politics and Government in Hong Kong: Crisis under Chinese Sovereignty (Routledge, 2008); “Religious Faith, Language Games and Public Discourse” in Kang, Yeung and Leung (eds.), Religious Values and the Public Forum: Public Religion, an East-West Dialogue, (Beijing: China Social Sciences Press, 2008).

His current research projects include “The Rule of Law and Legal Culture,” “Political Legitimacy and the Development of Constitutionalism,” “Law in Governance Processes,” “Law and Deliberation,” and “Law and Religion: A Comparative Study”.

In 1997, he was awarded University Teaching Fellow by the University of Hong Kong. In 2002, he was awarded a Certificate of Merit in the IT in Education Awards Contest conducted by the Academic Council for IT in Education, University of Hong Kong. Benny is very active in promoting civic education in the community. He has been the member of the Committee on the Promotion of Civil Education, Hong Kong Government for eight years (1995-2003). He has also served on many government/public bodies including the Consultative Committee for the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (1988-90), the Bilingual Laws Advisory Committee (1995-2003) and part-time member of the Central Policy Unit, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (2007).