Jiajun LUO

Luo Jiajun, having recently completed his PhD in Law from the University of Hong Kong (awaiting degree award letter), now serves as a Research Scholar within the Equality Rights Program at the HKU Faculty of Law. Luo has been honored with a Dissertation Year Fellowship from HKU for his outstanding thesis entitled “Chinese Courts: Unequal Justice.”

From 2021 to 2023, Luo served as a China Law Fellow at Georgetown University. He also shared his expertise as a Chinese Law Course Consultant at the University of Virginia School of Law and taught as a Tutor at HKU. Additionally, he was a visiting scholar at Cornell Law School. Luo holds an LLM from the University of British Columbia (fully funded) and graduated summa cum laude with an LLB from Shenzhen University in China.

Luo’s current research covers three primary areas: (1) the laws and legal institutions of the People’s Republic of China, concentrating on Chinese courts, dispute resolution, and legal reform; (2) comparative Study of constitutional systems; and (3) how China’s global rise influences the international legal order. His interdisciplinary research employs a diverse approaches and sources, including legal analysis, social science insights, field interviews and other qualitative methods.


(1) “Authoritarian Legal (Ir)rationality: The Saga of ‘Picking Quarrels’ in China” (Forthcoming, Asian-Pacific Law & Policy Journal, vol 25:3, Spring 2024, Available at SSRN:

(2) “China’s Challenge to Constitutional Democracies” (with Shuyu Chu) in Edward Elgar Research Handbook on Law and Democracy, Glenn Patmore ed. (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2024)

(3) “Picking Quarrels: The One Essential Charge in China,” (U.S.-Asia Law Institute Perspectives, Volume 4: No. 4, 2023)

(4) “Verdicts from China’s Courts Used to Be Accessible Online. Now They’re Disappearing” (with Thomas Kellogg, China File, 2022)

(5) “One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Judicial Accountability Reform in China” (Forthcoming, 2024)


HKU Dissertation Year Fellowship