Cora Chan 陳秀慧

Department of Law

Associate Professor

Deputy Head, Department of Law
Programme Director, Bachelor of Laws

BSocSc (Government and Laws) (HKU); LLB (HKU); BCL (Oxon)


Cora Chan’s research interests are in constitutional theory, human rights, and public law. Her works on judicial deference have been the subject of a number of awards, including the 2012 Society of Legal Scholars Best Paper Prize and the 2012-2013 University of Hong Kong Research Output Prize. In 2013, Hong Kong’s Research Grants Council awarded her the Early Career Award on top of a competitive grant in recognition of the excellent quality of her grant proposal. In 2017, she (with Fiona de Londras, Birmingham) were awarded a British Academy / Leverhulme Small Research Grants.

Cora is on the General Council of the International Society of Public Law, the advisory boards of the International Journal of Constitutional Law and the Springer series in Contemporary Chinese Civil and Commercial Law, and the editorial boards of Hart Studies in Constitutional Theory Series, Asian Journal of Comparative Law, Hong Kong Law Journal, Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law, and Revista de Investigações Constitucionais (Journal of Constitutional Research). She was appointed by Hong Kong’s University Grants Committee as a member of the Law Panel for the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2020. She was awarded the inaugural Rosie Young 90 Medal for Outstanding Young Woman Scholar in 2021, the Outstanding Young Researcher Award in 2017-2018, and the Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award in 2013-2014.

Cora is a graduate of the University of Hong Kong’s double degree programme in law and political science. Upon completion of the programme, she attended Brasenose College at the University of Oxford, where she obtained the BCL degree and was awarded the Ralph Chiles CBE Prize in Human Rights.


Research Area

  • Human Rights
  • Public Law
  • Legal Theory / Jurisprudence

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