Professor Michael Davis
2016-2017 Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow
National Endowment for Democracy Faculty
Professor Davis will discuss the impact of the 2014 “Umbrella Movement,” continued constitutional tensions in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and challenges to the “high degree of autonomy” the People’s Republic of China guaranteed to the Hong Kong SAR under the terms of the Basic Law. In the face of massive street protests, perceptions of increasing Beijing interference, foot-dragging over democratic development, challenges to academic freedom, interventions in the judicial process and even disappearances off the streets of Hong Kong have left Hong Kong in a state of constitutional crisis. These and other issues will be welcomed topics for discussion.
Professor Michael C. Davis has just completed a Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship at the National Endowment for Democracy, where his research related to constitutionalism and development in Asia. A professor in the Law Faculty at the University of Hong Kong until late 2016, he remains a senior fellow in the university’s Centre for Comparative and Public Law. He has held a number of endowed human rights professorships in both Asia and the US, including at India’s Jindal Global University, Northwestern University, and Notre Dame University, as well as the Schell Senior Human Rights Fellowship at Yale Law School. His books include Constitutional Confrontation in Hong Kong (1990), Human Rights and Chinese Values (1995), and International Intervention in the Post-Cold War World (2004). He has published widely in leading law and public affairs journals. As a public intellectual he has contributed commentary to the New York Times and the South China Morning Post, for which he won the 2015 Human Rights Press Award for commentary awarded by Amnesty International and the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents Club.
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