Centre for the Rule of Law

The Basic Law enshrines the fundamental concept of “one country, two systems”. It guarantees an independent judiciary that upholds the rule of law and safeguards the rights and freedoms of individuals. However, since the social unrest in Hong Kong from June 2019, the concept of the Rule of Law has been under increasing strain. There is a need to reinforce the study, discussion and promotion of the meaning and importance of the Rule of Law in Hong Kong.

 "The rule of law is one of the greatest unifying factors, perhaps the greatest ... It remains an ideal, but an ideal worth striving for".
-- The Rt Hon Lord Bingham of Cornhill KG, ‘The Rule of Law’ 2010

The work of the Centre for the Rule of Law (CRL) includes:

  • Conducting research and analysis of the issues with public concern about the Rule of Law.
  • Promoting and clarifying the concept of the Rule of Law through legal education and capacity building.
  • Acting as a platform for cross-sector discussion on relevant issues.


Prof. Albert Chen
  • Cheng Chan Lan Yue Professor in Constitutional Law from 2015
  • Former Dean, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong
  • Member of the Committee for the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region under the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China
Dr. Lo Pui-yin
Hon. Research Fellow
  • PhD (HKU)
  • LLB (LSE)
  • Barrister (England & Wales and Hong Kong)
  • Deputy Chairman, Administrative Appeals Board
  • Vice-Chairman, Management Committee, Consumer Legal Action Fund
  • Non-Governmental Adviser, International Competition Network (for Hong Kong Competition Commission)
Ms. Doreen Kong
Hon. Research Fellow
  • China Appointed Attesting Officer
  • Council member, the Law Society of Hong Kong
  • Partner and Head of the Property Department, Reed Smith Richards Butler
Ares Lee
Research Fellow
Mr Chan Chak-Ming
Head, Centre for the Rule of Law
  • LLB(Hons), LLM (LSE)
  • MBA(Oxon)
  • MPA(Harvard)
  • President, the Law Society of Hong Kong
  • Research Reports :
  • "Judicial Path to Article 23 of the Basic Law”
  • "Hong Kong as an International Legal Hub -- Opportunities from the ‘Belt and Road’ Initiative”
  • "Enhancing the Judicial Review Mechanism”
  • "Review on Private Recreational Leases Policy:Case Studies and Land Supply”