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Jane Alexandra Richards

My doctoral research focuses on the equality rights of persons with mental disabilities in the criminal justice system. I am especially interested in the notion of responsibility, both in the criminal law context and more broadly. I am a passionate believer in the equality and dignity of all people and aim to produce high impact scholarship in furtherance of the inclusion of all.
I am a host on New Books in Law, a channel on the New Books Network, for which I have the privilege of interviewing leading global scholars on all issues relating to human rights.
I am a proud mum of three gorgeous children, a wife, and spend my spare time running.

Field of Study: Human Rights Law

Thesis Title: The Application of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the Insanity Defence.

Programme of Study: Ph.D.

Supervisor(s): Simon Young and Kelley Loper

Publications: 

“Discrimination against defendants with mental disabilities in the Hong Kong Criminal Justice System: Unfitness to plead rules and disposition orders.” Hong Kong Law Journal (forthcoming September 2021).
“The Dark Side of Tourism to the 2019-2020 anti-extradition protests in Hong Kong”, Adam Lynes, Craig Kelly and James Treadwell (eds.), 50 Dark Destinations: A Criminological Analysis of Contemporary Tourism, Bristol University Press (Forthcoming).
“An Incremental Approach to Filling Protection Gaps in Equality Rights for Persons with Disabilities.” (2021) Human Rights Law Review https://doi.org/10.1093/hrlr/ngab013
“‘It was you who taught me that peaceful marches did not work’; Uncivil Disobedience and the Hong Kong Protests – Justification, Duty and Resistance” (2020) 21 Asia-Pacific Journal of Human Rights and the Law, 63
(Book review) Human Rights Law Review: Anna Arstein-Kerslake, Restoring Voice to People with Cognitive Disabilities: Realizing the Right to Equal Recognition Before the Law Human Rights Law Review 2018(4): 803-808

Awards: 

HKU Advance Fellowship Scheme FHEA level: fellow of Advance HE, 2020
First-runner up HKU 3MT competition 2020