Dr Cora Chan


Associate Professor

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

BSocSc (Govt & Laws) (HKU)
BCL (Oxon)
DPhil (Oxon)


Dr Cora Chan’s research interests are in constitutional law and theory, administrative law, and human rights. She has written on such topics as proportionality, judicial deference, national security and rights, law and authoritarianism, legal pluralism, subnational constitutionalism, and China-Hong Kong constitutional relations. She is currently working on a monograph on methods of deference in human rights adjudication and a project on liberal regions in illiberal states.

Cora has received numerous research awards, including the Society of Legal Scholars Best Paper Prize (2012), Hong Kong Research Grants Council Early Career Award (2013), University Research Output Prize (2013), Outstanding Young Researcher Award (2017), and the inaugural Rosie Young 90 Medal for Outstanding Young Woman Scholar (2021). In 2017, she and Fiona de Londras (Birmingham) were awarded a British Academy / Leverhulme Small Research Grant.

Cora was appointed by Hong Kong’s University Grants Committee as a member of the Law Panel for the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2020. She is on the General Council of the International Society of Public Law, the editorial boards of Public Law, 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), and the advisory boards of the International Journal of Constitutional Law, Hart Studies in Constitutional Theory Series, and Springer series in Contemporary Chinese Civil and Commercial Law.

Cora holds a BCL and a DPhil in Law from the University of Oxford and a double degree in LLB and political science from the University of Hong Kong.

Research Area

  • Constitutional Law and Theory
  • Administrative Law
  • Human Rights
  • Legal Theory

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