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Yan-ho Lai (黎恩灝), PhD

Expert in Law, Politics & Human Rights in HK, China
Research Fellow, Georgetown Center for Asian Law

PhD (SOAS) | MSc (LSE) | Chevening Scholar

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  • PhD in Law, SOAS University of London (2022)

  • MSc Political Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science (2013)

  • Certificate in Understanding Children’s Human Rights, Human Rights Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science (2013)

  • BSSc (Government and Public Administration), The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2012)

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Law, BPP Law School (2023)

  • Certificate in Business and Human Rights, Council of Europe (2022)

  • Certificate in International Labour Standards, Global Labour University & the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (2022)

  • Certificate in Essex Human Rights Summer School (Online), University of Essex Human Rights Centre, UK (2021)

  • Certificate in Fundamentals of Ignatian Retreat-giving and Spiritual Direction in a Community and Institutional Context and Supervised Retreat-giving Experience (1), Centre of Ignatian Spirituality, Ateneo de Manila University, the Philippines (2016)

Professional Service & Projects

  • Provision of consultancy and advisory service on Hong Kong’s developments of the rule of law, judicial independence and human rights protections 

  • Media enquiry on law, politics, public affairs and human rights in Hong Kong and China

  • Country Expert (Hong Kong) for the Varieties of Democracy Project (V-Dem), The V-Dem Institute, University of Gothenburg 

  • Expert report-writing for asylum-seekers in the United Kingdom

  • Co-convenor, Hong Kong Studies Association, UK

  • Member, Asian Civil Society Research Network, University of Melbourne

  • Election Observation Project, Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University (2019 - 2020)

  • I. CARE Community Research Project, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2014-2015)

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