Academic Staff

Kelley Loper

Associate Professor
Director of Centre for Comparative and Public Law
BA (Yale)

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Kelley Loper is Director of the Centre for Comparative and Public Law, Director of the LLM in Human Rights Programme, and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law. She has published extensively on the rights of refugees in Hong Kong and East Asia, the right of persons with disabilities to inclusive education, discrimination and sexual minorities, and the implementation of international human rights law in domestic contexts. She is on the Editorial Committee of Hong Kong Law Journal and the Editorial Board of the Australian Journal of Human Rights. She has served on the boards or advisory committees of several non-profit organizations including the Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre (as past Chairperson), Justice Centre Hong Kong, and Amnesty International (Hong Kong). She has also advised other international and local organizations including the UNHCR, UN Women, and the Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor on a range of human rights issues.


International and Regional Protection of Human Rights

Equality and Non-discrimination

International Protection of Refugees and Displaced Persons

National Protection of Human Rights

Hong Kong Legal System

Funded Research Projects

International Human Rights Law and Refugee Protection in Asia (General Research Fund, Hong Kong Research Grants Council) (2018-2020)

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Implementation in the Chinese Context (HKU) (2017-2019)

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

Attitudes Toward Same-sex Couple Rights in Hong Kong (HKU) (2011-13, 2015-2017)

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:
Human rights, refugee protection, the rights of persons with disabilities, and equality and non-discrimination