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Hong Kong Law Fellow, Center for Asian Law, Georgetown University, PhD Candidate in Law, SOAS, University of London

Eric Yan-ho Lai is the Hong Kong Law fellow in Center for Asian Law at Georgetown Law. Lai is also a PhD Candidate in Law at SOAS University of London, where his research focuses on the dynamics of legal transplant and legal professionalism in authoritarian regimes, as well as Hong Kong and Chinese law and politics, social movements, and electoral integrity. Lai is a co-founder of Hong Kong Baptist University’s Hong Kong Election Observation Project and has also worked as a political science lecturer at several universities in Hong Kong.


  • 2021–present
    Hong Kong Law Fellow, Center for Asian Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • 2017–present
    PhD Candidate, SOAS University of London


  • 2013 
    London School of Economics and Political Science, MSc Political Sociology
  • 2012 
    The Chinese University of Hong Kong, BSSc Government and Public Administration


  • 2021
    Unravelling Authoritarian Rule of Law in Hong Kong: From Post-Umbrella Resistance to the Anti-Extradition Bill Protest (in Traditional Chinese), Xin-Rui Culture and Creation (Taiwan)
  • 2020
    Discernment of Spirits and Pastoral Circle in Social Movement: A Theological Reflection on Hong Kong’s Anti-extradition Movement, Hong Kong Journal of Catholic Studies Vol. 11
  • 2020
    Solidarity and Implications of a Leaderless Movement in Hong Kong: Its Strengths and Limitations, Communist and Post-communist Studies Vol. 53 (4)
  • 2019
    Lady Justice or the Golden Calf? The “China Factor” in Hong Kong's Legal System, Social Transformations in Chinese Societies, Vol. 15 (2)


Chevening Scholar