SOAS University of London

School of Law

Yan-Ho (Eric) Lai

BSSc (CUHK) MSc (LSE)

Overview

Eric Lai
Name:
Yan-Ho (Eric) Lai
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Working Title: Resilient Professionalism under Authoritarianism: Building Professional Legal Culture and the Rule of Law in Post-colonial Hong Kong
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Entrance: 2017/18
Website:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/laiyanhoeric/
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Biography

Mr. Yan Ho Lai is a Doctoral Candidate in Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He was awarded Bachelor Degree of Social Science in Government and Public Administration at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2008-2012. He began his service of research and teaching in universities and tertiary education institutions since 2014, after being awarded a degree of Master of Science in Political Sociology at London School of Economics and Political Science during 2012-2013. He was a Visiting Fellow in Centre for Comparative and Public Law (CCPL) in the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong in year 2018/19, and currently the Hong Kong Law Fellow at Center for Asian Law of Georgetown University Law Center. 

Publications

2022. “From Rule of Law to Rule by Fear: An Annual Review of the National Security Law in Hong Kong” in Joseph Yu-shek Cheng, Torbjörn Lodén and Larissa Stünkel (eds), Politics in East Asia Today: Between Democracy, Debates, and Discourse (Speical Paper). Stockholm: Institute for Security and Development Policy, pp. 17-27.

2021. 《破解香港的威權法治: 傘後與反送中以來的民主運動》[Unravelling Authoritarian Rule of Law in Hong Kong: From Post-Umbrella Resistance to the Anti-Extradition Bill Protests] Taiwan: Showwe Information. ISBN: 9789865540654 (In Traditional Chinese). 

2020. “Solidarity and Implications of a Leaderless Movement:  Its Strengths and Limitations” Communist and Post-communist Studies, Vol. 53, No.4, pp.41-67 (with Ming Sing). 

2019. "Lady Justice or the golden calf? The “China factor” in Hong Kong’s legal system", Social Transformations in Chinese Societies, Vol. 15 No. 2, pp. 178-196.

Research Reports

2021. The Tong Ying-kit NSL Verdict: An International and Comparative Law Analysis (A GCAL Briefing Paper), Center for Asian Law, Georgetown University Law Center, D.C. Washington, 19 October ( with Thomas E. Kellogg). 

2021. Hong Kong's National Security Law and the Right to Fair Trial: A GCAL Briefing Paper, Center for Asian Law, Georgetown University Law Center, D.C. Washington, 28 June. (with Lydia Wong and Thomas E. Kellogg)

2020. Edited with Kenneth Ka-lok Chan. Observation Report: Democrats 35+ Civil Voting. Hong Kong: Election Observation Project, Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre.

Conference and Panel Presentations

2022. “Autocratisation of the Rule of Law: The Autocratic Manual of Hong Kong's National Security Regime” Political Studies Association Annual International Conference. York: University of York 

2021. “Authoritarian Legal Transplant and Judicial Independence in Sub-national Governance: The Case of Hong Kong” International Society of Public Law Conference 2021.

2021. “Comprador Professionalism and Confrontational Professionalism: Lessons from Post-Umbrella Hong Kong” International Society of Public Law Conference 2021.

2021. “Professional Resistance and Lawyers’ Activism: Cause Lawyering in Hong Kong’s Anti-extradition Protest 2019” Law and Society Association Annual Conference 2020. Colorado: University of Denver. 

2020. “Professional Resistance and Lawyers’ Activism: Cause Lawyering in Hong Kong’s Anti-extradition Protest 2019” Paper to be presented at Law and Society Association Annual Conference 2020. Colorado: University of Denver (Virtual Meeting under COVID-19 arrangement), 27 - 30th May 2020.

2019. “Higher Education, Academic Freedom and the Hong Kong Protests” Guest Panelist. City University of London, 16th December 2019.

2019. “Creative Agency & Screening Ideas Present: Ten Years (2015) + Panel Discussion” Guest Panelist. The University of Melbourne, 29th November 2019.

2020. “State-society Contention under Authoritarianism: The Case of Anti-extradition Protest in Hong Kong” Paper to be presented at Civil Society in Asia: International Conference in Melbourne 3. Melbourne: University of Melbourne, 28 – 29th November 2019.

2019. “Resilient Activism under Emerging Authoritarian Governance: The Case of Anti-extradition Protest in Hong Kong” Paper to be presented at the workshop titled Modes of Activism under Authoritarian Governance Regimes in the Asia-Pacific. Sydney: Macquarie University, 14-15th November 2019.

2019. “Debating Hong Kong’s crises: launch event of the Hong Kong Studies Association” Guest Panelist. King’s College London, London, 3rd October 2019.

2018. “Lady Justice or The Golden Calf? The ‘China Factor’ in Hong Kong’s Legal Sector” Paper to be presented at the 2017/18 Hong Kong Studies Annual Conference. Hong Kong: The University of Hong Kong, 13 – 14th December 2018.

2018. “Depoliticising Contentious Politics by Law: A critical evaluation of legal politics in Post-colonial Hong Kong” Paper to be presented at the International Society of Public Law Conference 2018. Hong Kong: The University of Hong Kong, 25 – 27th June 2018.

2018. “Neutralising Contentious Politics in Hybrid Regime: Role of Law in Post-colonial Hong Kong” Paper to be presented at the British Postgraduate Network for Chinese Studies Annual Conference. UK: China Centre, University of Oxford, 21st June 2018.