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Dr CHOW, Pok Yin Stephenson

LLM in Human Rights Law (University of Nottingham)
PhD in Law (University of Nottingham)
New York State Attorney (Not currently in practice)

Assistant Professor

Dr CHOW, Pok Yin Stephenson

Contact Information

Office: YEUNG-P5523
Phone: +(852)-3442-7387
Email: stephenson.chow@cityu.edu.hk

Research Interests

  • Public International Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Culture and International Law

Selected Publications:

Articles/Book Chapters

  • 'After Kong Yunming v Director of Social Welfare: The Status of Socio-Economic Rights in Hong Kong' (2018) Public Law Review 133-146
  • ‘Commentary on Article 30 of the CRPD: Participation in Cultural Life, Recreation, Leisure and Sport’ in I Bantekas, D Anastasiou and M Stein (eds), Commentary on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Oxford University Press, 2018) 864-921 (with I Bantekas, S Karapapa and E Polymenopoulou)
  • ‘Reservations as Unilateral Acts? Examining the International Law Commission’s Approach to Reservations’ (2017) 66(2) ICLQ 335-365, (Winner of the ICLQ 2017 Young Scholar Prize)
  • ‘Has Intersectionality Reached its Limits? Intersectionality in the UN Human Rights Treaty Body Practice and the Issue of Ambivalence’ (2016) 16(3) Human Rights Law Review 453-481
  • ‘Culture as Collective Memories: An Emerging Concept in International Law and Discourse on Cultural Rights’ (2014) 14(4) Human Rights Law Review 611-656


Book reviews

  • ‘The Cultural Defense of Nations: A Liberal Theory of Majority Rights’ by Liav Orgad (Oxford University Press, 2015).  Reviewed in (2016) 16(4) Human Rights Law Review 802-805, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/hrlr/ngw033
  • ‘The Culturalization of Human Rights’ by Federico Lenzerini (Oxford University Press, 2014). Reviewed in (2016) 14(1) International Journal of Constitutional Law 307-310, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/icon/mow017

Research Grants

  • 2019 Self-fulfilment and Human Flourishing: a Re-examination of Human Rights Theories and their Application to the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), Early Career Scheme (ECS), Research Grant Committee (RGC), Hong Kong Government, Estimate Amount: HKD 320,000
  • 2017 International Minority Protection in the Contemporary Global Legal Order: From the Treaty of Westphalia to the International Court of Justice, City University of Hong Kong, Start-up Grant, Estimate Amount: HKD 200,000

Selected Awards

  • 2017 ICLQ Young Scholar Prize
  • 2008-2011 University of Nottingham, School of Law, PhD Scholarship


  • Op-ed, ‘Could Hong Kong Policemen Face Prosecution for Violent Acts Committed during Crowd Control?’, SCMP, Oct. 3, 2014