Academic Staff

Dr Eric C Ip 葉子暘

Associate Professor of Law
Director of the BSocSc (Govt&Laws) & LLB Programme

BSocSc (Govt&Laws) (HKU), LLB (UNE), LLM (KCL), MSt (Oxon), DPhil (Oxon)

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Eric C. Ip (DPhil, University of Oxford) is an Associate Professor of Law at The University of Hong Kong.

His award-winning research on comparative public law has been published in peer-reviewed periodicals such as The American Journal of Comparative Law, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, International & Comparative Law Quarterly, and International Journal of Constitutional Law. He is the author of Law and Justice in Hong Kong (Sweet & Maxwell, 2nd edn, 2016), the leading textbook on the legal system of Hong Kong.

Prior to joining HKU, he taught at University College London (UCL) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he served as Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Law.

Research Interests

Administrative Law
Constitutional Law
Legal Theory


Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award, The University of Hong Kong (2018)
Faculty Research Output Prize, The University of Hong Kong (2017)
Research Excellence Award, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2015)
Young Researcher Award, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2014)


Founding Convenor and Co-convenor (Constitutional Law), Overseas Lawyers Qualification Examination (2014-2015)
Member, Constitutional and Human Rights Committee, Law Society of Hong Kong (2012-2016)
Member and Panel Chairman, Selection Board, Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowships/Scholarships, Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund Council (2012-2014)

Journal Editorship

Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Law and Social Inquiry (2016-2018)
Associate Editor, Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal (2010-2011)

Select Research Grants

Ip, Eric C. (Principal Investigator), RGC General Research Fund 2017, "The Constitutional Foundations of Free Markets: Economic Provisions of the Hong Kong Basic Law in Comparative Perspective," Amount: HKD 892,484.

Ip, Eric C. (Principal Investigator), RGC Early Career Scheme 2013, "Mitigating Cross-Border Constitutional Tensions: An Economic Analysis of the Design and Performance of the Committee for the Basic Law of Hong Kong," Amount: HKD 233,000.



Ip, Eric C. Hybrid Constitutionalism: The Politics of Constitutional Review in the Chinese Special Administrative Regions (Cambridge University Press, 2019).

Cane, Peter, Peter L. Lindseth, Herwig Hofmann & Eric C. Ip. (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Administrative Law (under contract with Oxford University Press).

Ip, Eric C. Judging Regulators: The Political Economy of Anglo-American Administrative Law (under contract with Edward Elgar).

Ip, Eric C. Behavioral Public Choice Economics and the Law (under contract with Springer).

Ip, Eric C. Law and Justice in Hong Kong (Sweet & Maxwell, 2nd edn, 2016) (with a Foreword by The Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers) (3rd edn, forthcoming 2019).

Select Articles and Book Chapters

Ip, Eric C. “The Virtuous Epidemiologist,” Journal of Public Health (forthcoming, 2019).

Ip, Eric C. “Anorexia Nervosa, Advance Directives, and the Law: A British Perspective,” Bioethics (forthcoming, 2019).

Ip, Eric C. & Po Jen Yap. “Substantive Review of Administrative Discretion in Hong Kong: Divergence between Judicial Rhetoric and Practice,” The Chinese Journal of Comparative Law (forthcoming, 2019).

Ip, Eric C. “Constitutional Finance: The Role of the Hong Kong Basic Law During the Global Financial Crisis,” Hong Kong Law Journal (forthcoming, 2019).

Ip, Eric C. & Kelvin Hiu Fai Kwok. “Judicial Control of Local Protectionism in China: Antitrust Enforcement against Administrative Monopoly on the Supreme People’s Court,” 13 Journal of Competition Law & Economics 549 (2017).

Ip, Eric C. “Debiasing Regulators: The Behavioral Economics of US Administrative Law,” 46 Common Law World Review 171 (2017).

Ip, Eric C. “Interpreting Interpretations: A Methodology for the Judicial Enforcement of Legislative Interpretations of the Hong Kong Basic Law,” 2017 Public Law 552 (2017).

Ip, Eric C. “Comparative Subnational Foreign Relations Law in the Chinese Special Administrative Regions,” 65 International & Comparative Law Quarterly 953 (2016).

Ip, Eric C. “The Politics of Constitutional Common Law in Hong Kong under Chinese Sovereignty,” 25 Washington International Law Journal 565 (2016).

Partlett, William E. & Eric C. Ip. “Is Socialist Law Really Dead?” 48 NYU Journal of International Law and Politics 463 (2016).

Ip, Eric C. “Constitutional Conflict in Hong Kong Under Chinese Sovereignty,” 8 Hague Journal on the Rule of Law 75 (2016).

Ip, Eric C. “Legal Profession and Representation,” in Understanding Criminal Justice in Hong Kong 211 (Wing Hong Chui and T. Wing Lo eds., Routledge, 2nd edn, 2016).

Ip, Eric C. “Prototype Constitutional Supervision in China: The Lessons of the Hong Kong Basic Law Committee,” 10 Asian Journal of Comparative Law 323 (2015).

Ip, Eric C. “The Constitution of Economic Liberty in Hong Kong,” 26 Constitutional Political Economy 307 (2015).

Ip, Eric C. “Mapping Parliamentary Law and Practice in Hong Kong,” 3 The Chinese Journal of Comparative Law 97 (2015).

Ip, Eric C. “Doctrinal Antithesis in Anglo-American Administrative Law,” 22 Supreme Court Economic Review 147 (2014).

Ip, Eric C. “Constitutional Competition between the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal and the Chinese National People’s Congress Standing Committee: A Game Theory Perspective,” 39 Law & Social Inquiry 824 (2014).

Ip, Eric C. “Taking a ‘Hard Look’ at ‘Irrationality’: Substantive Review of Administrative Discretion in the US and UK Supreme Courts,” 34 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 481 (2014).

Ip, Eric C. “The Democratic Foundations of Judicial Review under Authoritarianism: Theory and Evidence from Hong Kong,” 12 International Journal of Constitutional Law 330 (2014).

Ip, Eric C. “The High Court of the People: Popular Constitutionalism in Hong Kong under Chinese Sovereignty,” 36 Law & Policy 314 (2014).

Ip, Eric C. “Kong Yunming Manifest Unreasonableness: The Doctrinal Future of Constitutional Review of Welfare Policy in Hong Kong,” 44 Hong Kong Law Journal 55 (2014).

Ip, Eric C. “The Judicial Review of Legislation in the United Kingdom: A Public Choice Analysis,” 37 European Journal of Law and Economics 221 (2014).

Ip, Eric C. “The Evolution of Constitutional Adjudication in the Chinese Special Administrative Regions: Theory and Evidence,” 61 The American Journal of Comparative Law 799 (2013).

Jordan, Sara R. & Eric C. Ip. “Demystifying the Hermit Kingdom: the Constitution and Public Administration in North Korea,” 79 International Review of Administrative Sciences 544 (2013).

Ip, Eric C. “The Institutional Foundations of Supreme Court Power in Britain’s Representative Democracy,” 48 Representation: The Journal of Representative Democracy 281 (2013).

Ip, Eric C. “The Economic Structure of Hong Kong Administrative Law: Efficiency and Legality of Government Decision-making since China’s Resumption of Sovereignty,” 12Washington University Global Studies Law Review 227 (2013).

Ip, Eric C. “Judicial Review in China: A Positive Political Economy Analysis,” 8 Review of Law and Economics 331 (2012).

Ip, Eric C. & Michael K.H. Law. “Decentralization, Agency Costs, and the New Economic Constitution of China,” 22 Constitutional Political Economy 355 (2011).

Ip, Eric C. “A Positive Theory of Constitutional Judicial Review: Evidence from Singapore and Taiwan,” 2 Asian Journal of Law and Economics 1 (2011).

Ip, Eric C. “The Supreme People’s Court and the Political Economy of Judicial Empowerment in Contemporary China,” 24 Columbia Journal of Asian Law 367 (2011).

Ip, Eric C. “Globalization and the Future of the Law of the Sovereign State,” 8 International Journal of Constitutional Law 636 (2010).

Ip, Eric C. The Supreme Court and the Making of Public Policy in Contemporary China,” 7 The Michigan Journal of Public Affairs 1 (2010).

Ip, Eric C. “The Idea of Law in Classical Chinese Legalist Jurisprudence,” 9 Global Jurist 2 (2009).