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Book Launch (online): Chan and de Londras (eds), China's National Security: Endangering Hong Kong's Rule of Law?

online (Zoom)
Arts and Law, Research
Monday 28th September 2020 (06:00-08:20)

Hosts: Birmingham Law School and the Centre for Comparative and Public Law, University of Hong Kong

28 September 2020, 06:00-08:20 UK time | 13:00-15:20 Hong Kong time

This event marks the publication of Chan and de Londras (eds), China’s National Security: Endangering Hong Kong’s Rule of Law? and places the book—written in 2019—into the context of events since its publication, including notably the passage of the Hong Kong National Security Law.

In this collection, contributing authors explored the potential and limits of Hong Kong’s laws, institutions and civil society in maintaining the rule of law in light of China’s national security imperatives. The collection was published shortly before the Chinese government introduced the Hong Kong National Security Law. In this event, some of the authors in the collection will reflect on to what extent are the safeguards identified in the book displaced or rendered ineffectual by recent events, and whether China’s national security law endangers Hong Kong’s rule of law. These author reflections will be preceded by a keynote address from Prof Victor Ramraj (University of Victoria). 


  • Prof Victor Ramraj, University of Victoria 

Speakers/ Authors

  • Dr Paulo Cardinal, University of Macau
  • Prof Lin Feng, City University of Hong Kong
  • Dr Pui Yin Lo, Barrister-at-law
  • Prof Carole Petersen, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Prof Simon Young, The University of Hong Kong

Other Attending Authors

  • Prof Johanes Chan, SC (Hon), The University of Hong Kong
  • Prof Albert Chen, The University of Hong Kong
  • Ms Surabhi Chopra, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Prof Fu Hualing, The University of Hong Kong
  • Prof Jill Cottrell Ghai, Katiba Institute
  • Prof Yash Ghai, Katiba Institute
  • Mr Danny Gittings, HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education
  • Dr Lam Wai-Man, Open University of Hong Kong
  • Dr Margaret Ng, Barrister-at-law 


  • Ms Cora Chan, The University of Hong Kong
  • Prof Fiona de Londras, University of Birmingham; Hon Prof, Australian National University

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