Prof. Michael Ng

Associate Professor

Associate Dean (Research)

LLB, PCLL (HKU), MSocSc (Criminology, HKU), MA, PHD (History, CUHK), Solicitor (HK, non-practising), Certified Public Accountant (HK & US, non-practising), Fellow (Higher Education Academy)


Dr Michael Ng is a legal historian specializing in the legal history of modern China and Hong Kong. Dr. Ng’s latest research monograph, Political Censorship in British Hong Kong: Freedom of Expression and the Law (1842–1997) (Cambridge), draws extensively on archival materials to challenge the widely accepted narrative that freedom of expression in Hong Kong is a legacy of British rule of law, and argues that Hong Kong’s free press, freedom of speech and judicial independence are products of Britain’s China strategy. Dr. Ng also authored Legal Transplantation in Early 20th Century China: Practicing Law in Republican Beijing (1910s-1930s) (Routledge), and co-edited Chinese Legal Reform and the Global Legal Order: Adoption and Adaptation (Cambridge) and Constitutional Foundings in Northeast Asia (Hart).  His works have appeared in leading international journals such as Law and History ReviewModern Asian Studies, Business History Review, Law and LiteratureInternational Journal of Asian Studies and China Quarterly, among others.  He has been appointed as visiting fellow of the University of Cambridge, visiting scholar of the University of Melbourne and the National University of Singapore, and visiting Associate Professor of National Taiwan University.

Prior to joining HKU in 2012, Dr Ng has served in the legal and finance sectors for more than 15 years.  As a solicitor, Dr Ng specialized in corporate transactions. After leaving the legal practice, he served in a listed multinational corporation as its Chief Investment Officer and Finance Director, focusing on merger and acquisition transactions in Asia. He also ran a private equity fund management firm as its Partner and CFO.

Dr Ng welcomes discussion on the supervision of graduate study in law and history, broadly defined.

Sole-authored Monographs

Edited Books

Knowledge -exchange Book

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

Book Reviews / Short Pieces

Grant, Award and Fellowship

Journal Editorship and Academic Society Management

Invited Talks/Conference Papers