Making Hong Kong China: The Rollback of Human Rights and the Rule of Law

Cover of Michael C. Davis's book, Making Hong Kong China: The Rollback of Human Rights and the Rule of Law.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

7:00-8:15 PM Eastern Time

How can one of the world’s most free-wheeling cities transition from a vibrant global center of culture and finance into a subject of authoritarian control? Law scholar Michael C. Davis takes up this question in his new book, Making Hong Kong China: The Rollback of Human Rights and the Rule of Law, the latest title in the Asia Shorts series published by the Association for Asian Studies. In this AAS Digital Dialogue session, Davis will be joined by Mary Hui (journalist at Quartz), Maggie Lewis (Seton Hall University), and Shui-yin Sharon Yam (University of Kentucky) to discuss recent events in Hong Kong. Covering protest, politics, law, identity, and international relations, roundtable participants will assess Hong Kong’s present situation and what might lie ahead for the city and its residents. Moderated by AAS Digital Media Manager Maura Elizabeth Cunningham, registration for this Digital Dialogue is open to all current AAS Members. A recording of the session will be posted on the AAS website for public viewing following the event.

Session Participants

Michael C. Davis

Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong

Professor Michael C. Davis is in the Fall of 2020 a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong where he teaches core courses on international human rights. He is also currently a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC, a Senior Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asia Institute at Columbia University and a Professor of Law and International Affairs at O.P. Jindal Global University in India (where he is in residence each spring). A professor in the Law Faculty at the University of Hong Kong until late 2016, he has held a number of distinguished visiting professorships, including the J. Landis Martin Visiting Professor of Human Rights Law at Northwestern University (2005-6), the Robert and Marion Short Visiting Professor of Human Rights at the University of Notre Dame (2004-5) and the Frederick K. Cox Visiting Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University (2000).

His scholarship engages a range of issues relating to human rights, the rule of law and constitutionalism in emerging states, with frequent publication in such widely read public affairs journals as Foreign Affairs and the Journal of Democracy, as well more mainstream academic journals. He has contributed commentary and analysis to such popular media as the Washington Post, the New York Times, Nikkei, Apple Daily and South China Morning Post, the latter for which Amnesty International, the Hong Kong Journalists Association and the Hong Kong FCC awarded him a 2014 Human Rights Press Award for commentary.

Mary Hui

Journalist for Quartz

Mary Hui is a reporter for Quartz, based in Hong Kong, where she covers the intersection of geopolitics, technology, and business in Asia. Her coverage of the ongoing Hong Kong protests has explored major themes including protest tactics, police brutality, surveillance technology, geopolitical ramifications, and the ongoing crackdown on civil society. Prior to joining Quartz, she worked as a freelancer reporting for publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, CityLab, and South China Morning Post. She graduated from Princeton University in 2017 with a degree in Spanish and politics.

Maggie Lewis

Professor of Law, Seton Hall University

Maggie Lewis is a Professor of Law at Seton Hall University. She has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar at National Taiwan University, a Public Intellectuals Program Fellow with the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and a delegate to the US-Japan Foundation’s US-Japan Leadership Program. Professor Lewis is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar of NYU School of Law’s U.S.-Asia Law Institute. She is spending the 2020-21 academic year in Taiwan as a visiting scholar at the Judge’s Academy and a visiting professor at Academia Sinica.

Sharon Yam

Associate Professor, University of Kentucky

Shui-yin Sharon Yam is a diasporic Hongkonger, and Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky. Her book Inconvenient Strangers: Transnational Subjects and Politics of Citizenship (Ohio State University Press, 2019) examines how racialized subjects in Hong Kong navigate citizenship discourse. It was shortlisted for the 2019 Rhetoric Society of America Book Award. Her research is published in journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and Women’s Studies in Communication. She is a columnist in Hong Kong Free Press. Her writing on Hong Kong politics has also appeared in Foreign Policy, Hong Kong Protesting, Made in China Journal, and Lausan.

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