Dr Yan-ho Lai

Associate Fellow
PhD in Law (SOAS University of London)

Academic and research departments

Hong Kong Studies Hub.


Areas of specialism

Socio-legal Studies; Judicial Politics; Contentious Politics; Legal Mobilisation; International Human Rights Law and Practice

My qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy in Law
SOAS University of London
Master of Science in Political Sociology
London School of Economics and Political Science

Affiliations and memberships

Center for Asian Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Non-resident Fellow
Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London
Visiting Researcher


Research interests



Lai, Yan-ho (2023). “Securitisation or Autocratisation? Hong Kong’s Rule of Law under the Shadow of China’ Authoritarian Governance”. Journal of Asian and African Studies, vol. 58 (1), pp.8-25.

Lai, Yan-ho & Thomas E. Kellogg (2022). "Departure from International Human Rights Law and Comparative Best Practice: HKSAR v Tong Ying Kit" Hong Kong Law Journal, Vol. 52, Part 2, pp.466 - 486.

Lai, Yan-ho & Ming Sing (2020). "Solidarity and Implications of a Leaderless Movement in Hong Kong: Its Strengths and Limitations", Communist and Post Communist Studies, Vol. 53, No.4, pp.41-67.