Phil C.W. Chan 陳政偉
Dr. Phil C.W. Chan is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Security and Development Policy. He provides in-house legal advice, on international law and global governance, Chinese law and foreign policy, and comparative public law and human rights, for the Institute’s track 1.5 diplomacy with Chinese government officials, and helps liaise with Chinese government and People’s Liberation Army officials and with scholars in China. He has built an international scholarly reputation through his publications over the course of 15 years of research experience, incl. China, State Sovereignty and International Legal Order, over 30 original articles in refereed international journals incl. Chinese Journal of International Law, Human Rights Law Review, International Journal of Human Rights, Leiden Journal of International Law and Singapore Journal of Legal Studies, and over 15 reference, newspaper and online articles. He is guest editor of two refereed International Journal of Human Rights special double issues, both reprinted as books with Forewords by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Holder of a Ph.D. in international law and Chinese law from the National University of Singapore and law degrees from the Universities of Hong Kong and Durham, he has worked at universities in Asia, Australasia, Europe, North America and the Middle East, in law, international relations and Asia-Pacific area studies, incl. as Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University’s Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, Visiting Lecturer at Tsinghua University School of Law, Senior Lecturer in Public Law and Global Governance and Director of Postgraduate Programs at Macquarie Law School, Visiting Professor at Xiamen University School of Law, and Pemberton Fellow at Durham’s University College and Global Policy Institute, as well as Baker Botts and South China Morning Post.
On the basis of his research, cited by international bodies incl. the United Nations International Law Commission, he has delivered over 70 invited lectures and seminars at some of the most renowned universities and think tanks incl. Berkeley, Cambridge, Harvard, SOAS, Tsinghua, Clingendael and RSIS, as well as 12 papers at international conferences, and served as an editorial board member for three refereed journals, peer reviewer for 13 journals and Ph.D. external examiner for Asian and European universities. He has given media interviews to outlets incl. Associated Press, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Business Review Weekly, Lusa – Agência de Notícias de Portugal, and The Wire (Australian current affairs radio program). His views have been quoted in Asahi Shimbun, MarketWatch, The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, The Straits Times, The Washington Post, and Time.
Publications by Phil C.W. Chan 陳政偉
What choice do Hong Kong protesters have when the options are the PLA or dictator-in-the-making Carrie Lam?
Born, raised and educated to university level in Hong Kong, I returned to the city on September 27, just before the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of […]
For its 70th National Day, a strong China can afford to grant Hong Kong protesters’ wishes
Beijing had warned that its tolerance of protests in Hong Kong, now entering their 16th week, should not be taken as weakness. Thanks to Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, […]
China and the US should be wary of the historical parallels with 1914
The year 2019 is meaningful for China and the world in so many ways. It marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and the […]
Hong Kong in China’s Geopolitical Gaze
Dr. Phil C.W. Chan and Dr. Niklas Swanström return to the ongoing demonstrations in Hong Kong, examining the challenges they present for China. They unravel the international dimensions of Beijing’s […]
Hong Kong’s Summer of Rage
The year of 2019 is no ordinary one for China. It marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic, the 30th anniversary of the crackdown on Tiananmen […]
If China hears the Hong Kong people, it must let Carrie Lam go
Hong Kong society is disintegrating before our very eyes. The furore over the extradition bill has metamorphosed into generalised civil unrest permeating all corners of Hong Kong. At the fundamental […]
Amnesty for Hong Kong extradition bill protesters would heal society and close rifts with mainland China
The continuing political crisis in Hong Kong has reached, in the words of Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, an impasse. The impasse stems principally from the government’s refusal to extend amnesty […]
Why Hong Kong’s extradition Bill damages China’s interests
President Xi Jinping’s power continues to grow, domestically and internationally. Still, one prize eludes him. Taiwan’s reunification with China. Taiwan has featured in Beijing’s calculation in almost all domestic and […]
Hongkongers’ Post-1997 Identity Crisis at the Heart of Youthful Mistrust of Government
Phil C.W. Chan says it’s possible to be both a ‘localist’, who cares deeply about the city’s social and economic problems, and accept that Hong Kong is part of China […]
Hong Kong Electoral Officials have Overstepped their Boundaries by Barring Pro-independence Candidate
Phil C.W. Chan and Paul Serfaty say the electoral commission’s rejection of Edward Leung as a candidate for the Legislative Council election was unequivocally unlawful. In an international city famed […]