Academic Staff

Kelley Loper

Associate Professor
BA (Yale)

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Kelley Loper serves as Director of the LLM in Human Rights Programme, Deputy Director of the Centre for Comparative and Public Law (CCPL), and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law. She is a member of the Advisory Committee of Justice Centre Hong Kong, formerly the Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre, a non-profit organisation that works to protect the rights of Hong Kong's most vulnerable forced migrants including refugees, other people seeking protection and survivors of modern slavery.  Previously, she served as Chairperson and subsequently a member of the board of the Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre and as a member of the board of Justice Centre Hong Kong. She has also advised a number of other international and local organizations including the UNHCR, UN Women, Amnesty International, and the Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor on a range of human rights issues.


Current teaching (2013-14)
International and Regional Protection of Human Rights

Equality and Non-discrimination

International Protection of Refugees and Displaced Persons

Past teaching
National Protection of Human Rights

Human Rights Research, Sources and Methodology

Hong Kong Legal System

Funded Research Projects

Refugee Protection in East Asia (HKU) (2013-15)

Attitudes Toward Same-sex Couple Rights in Hong Kong (HKU) (2011-13)

Legal Assistance for Asylum Seekers and Torture Claimants in Hong Kong (Hong Kong Research Grants Council, Public Policy Research Grant) (2009-2012)

Emerging Strategic Research Theme in Diversity Studies (HKU) (2009-12)

The Rights of Refugees and Torture Claimants in Hong Kong (Amnesty International, Hong Kong)

The Concept of Substantive Equality and the Work of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (HKU) (2008-09)

Equality Law and Inclusive Education for Students with Disabilities (the Henry Chan
Inclusive Education Fund) (2007-09)

Ethnic Minorities in the Hong Kong Education System (CCPL) (2003-04)

Specialized Areas:
International human rights law, equality and non-discrimination,
international refugee law, minority rights