Professor Simon Young 楊艾文

The Department of Law

Professor and Associate Dean (Research)
Co-Director, Asia-America Institute in Transnational Law
B.ArtsSc. (McMaster), LL.B. (Toronto), LL.M. (Cantab.) 
Barrister at Parkside Chambers (Hong Kong), Barrister & Solicitor (Ontario)


Professor Simon Young is Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Law and a practising Hong Kong barrister. He teaches criminal law and evidence in the Faculty’s J.D. programme and a LL.M. course on human rights in the criminal process. He is known internationally for his scholarship on the Hong Kong political and legal systems, and the forfeiture of proceeds of crime. His book, Civil Forfeiture of Criminal Property (Edward Elgar 2009), is a leading work on the topic of forfeiture and has been cited by the High Court of Australia and the Constitutional Court of South Africa. His most recent co-edited books are The Integrity of Criminal Process (Hart 2016), Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal(Cambridge University Press 2014) and Reforming Law Reform (HKU Press 2014). He is also the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law, published by Brill.

His public policy research projects have focused on a wide range of topics including stalking law reform, anti-corruption law, money laundering, proceeds of crime, security and anti-terrorism laws, public sector disciplinary processes, screening processes for asylum seekers, laws for electing Hong Kong’s legislators and Chief Executive, and Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal.

As counsel, he has advised on important constitutional, public law and criminal law cases. He has advised the Hong Kong Government on its Convention Against Torture screening mechanism and led the Continuing Legal Education programme in the Prosecutions Division of the Hong Kong Department of Justice since 2011. He has been a member of the Review Body on Bid Challenges under the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement, Post-Release Supervision Board, and Disciplinary Panel A of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He served on the Hong Kong Law Reform Commission subcommittees on double jeopardy and hearsay in criminal proceedings and was a member of the Independent Police Complaints Council’s Observers Scheme.

Prior to joining the Faculty, Professor Young worked in Toronto as appellate counsel in the Crown Law Office-Criminal, Ministry of the Attorney General for Ontario, and before that as Assistant Crown Attorney in Hamilton, Ontario, where he prosecuted persons for sexual assaults, domestic assault, fraud, manslaughter and other offences.

Research Areas

  • Human Rights
  • Criminal Law and Evidence
  • International Humanitarian Law & International Criminal Law

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Publications - Human Rights

Publications - White Collar Crime

Publications - Constitutional Law

Publications - Criminal Law & Evidence

Publications - International Criminal Law