SOAS University of London

School of Law

Yan-Ho (Eric) Lai

  • Research


Eric Lai
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
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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. His current doctoral research evaluates the significance of law schools on the development of the legal profession and the rule of law culture in Hong Kong. He is 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.


2020. Co-authored with Ming Sing. “Solidarity and Implications of a Leaderless Movement:  Its Strengths and Limitations” Communist and Post-communist Studies (under review).

Research Reports

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

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.

2019. “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.


Law and Politics, Law and Society, Law and Social Movement, Human Rights, Hong Kong Politics