Professor Michael C. Davis

Visiting Professor


Professor Michael C. Davis is currently a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington DC, a Senior Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asia Institute at Columbia University and a Professor of Law and International Affairs at O.P. Jindal Global University in India (where he is in residence each spring).  A professor in the Law Faculty at the University of Hong Kong until late 2016, he has held a number of distinguished visiting professorships, including the J. Landis Martin Visiting Professor of Human Rights Law at Northwestern University (2005-6), the Robert and Marion Short Visiting Professor of Human Rights at the University of Notre Dame (2004-5) and the Frederick K. Cox Visiting Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University (2000).  

A widely sought-after scholar on human rights and democracy in Asia, he was previously a Residential Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC (2018-2019), the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (2016-2017), and the Schell Senior Human Rights Fellow at Yale Law School (1994-1995). His scholarship engages a range of issues relating to human rights, the rule of law and constitutionalism in emerging states, with frequent publication in such widely read public affairs journals as Foreign Affairs and the Journal of Democracy, as well more mainstream academic journals.

He has contributed commentary and analysis to such popular media as the Washington Post, the New York Times, Nikkei, Apple Daily and South China Morning Post, the latter for which Amnesty International, the Hong Kong Journalists Association and the Hong Kong FCC awarded him a 2014 Human Rights Press Award for commentary.

His books include:

Constitutional Confrontation in Hong Kong (Macmillan Press, 1990), 

Human Rights and Chinese Values (Oxford University Press, 1995), 

International Intervention in the Post-Cold War World (M. E. Sharpe, 2004), and 

Making Hong Kong China: The Rollback of Human Rights and the Rule of Law (Columbia University Press, Forthcoming 2020).