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CHOW, Pok Yin Stephenson
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)

Position Tag
Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building – 6212
(852) 3442 7387

Research Interests

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

Through a mix of doctrinal legal research and interdisciplinary methods, Dr Chow’s research explores new contours in international law and international human rights law that seek to make possible the accommodation of diversity in an increasingly globalised world. His research touches on themes such as cultural rights and multiculturalism, discrimination, ethnic conflicts, the rights of persons with disabilities and the use of treaty reservations. He published extensively in leading journals and his work was cited by international agencies and human rights bodies including the European Parliament and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (UK). In 2017, he was awarded the International and Comparative Law Quarterly’s (ICLQ) Young Scholar Prize. Prior to joining academia, Dr Chow worked in various human rights NGOs and public bodies. Dr Chow currently teaches the courses Hong Kong Legal System and the Law of Evidence and is happy to take up the supervision of research students

Selected Publications:

Articles/Book Chapters

  • ‘Re-considering Sentencing Principles in Cases of Civil Disobedience: Cuadrilla Bowland Ltd and others v Persons Unknown and others’ [2020] EWCA Civ 9 Modern Law Review (forthcoming)(case note)
  • 'International Court of Justice and Ethnic Conflicts: Challenges and Opportunities' Texas International Law Journal (Volume 56, forthcoming 2021)
  • 'On Obligations Erga Omnes Partes' (2021)  52(2) Georgetown Journal of International Law  469-504
  • ‘Cultural rights, the right to participate in culture’, in Christina Binder et. al. (eds), Elgar Encyclopedia of Human Rights (Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming) (by invitation)
  • '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) International & Comparative Law Quarterly 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
  • ‘Memory Denied: A Commentary on the Reports of the UN Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights on Historical and Memorial Narratives in Divided Societies’ (2015) The International Lawyer 191
  • ‘Culture as Collective Memories: An Emerging Concept in International Law and Discourse on Cultural Rights’ (2014) 14(4) Human Rights Law Review 611-656


  • Cultural Rights in International Law and Discourse: Contemporary Challenges and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (BRILL, 2018) DOI:
    • “The ability to comprehend and to transcend various aspects of human rights - law, politics, culture, anthropology, sociology, religion, philosophy – hence, to offer a profound interdisciplinary insight into the mutable area of culture and cultural rights is what distinguishes this book.”
      • Vanja Pavićević, ‘Book Review: Cultural Rights in International Law and Discourse: Contemporary Challenges and Interdisciplinary Perspectives’ (2018) The Review of International Affairs 65
    • “Given that intervention in the legal debate on cultural rights from an anthropological approach is only emerging in international legal discourse, the book is a natural addition to the rights based discourse. This book supplements that discourse with culture, anthropology and practical solutions. The book is highly recommended as part of any course's reading list on cultural rights discourse in the international system.”
      • Sean Morris, ‘Book Review: Cultural Rights in International Law and Discourse: Contemporary Challenges and Interdisciplinary Perspectives’ (2019) Nordic Journal of Human Rights 162

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:
  • ‘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:

Research Grants

  • 2020 Accommodating the Needs of Persons with Disabilities in Policies concerning Public Health Emergencies: Law, Ethics and Practice, Public Policy Research Fund, Policy and Innovations Coordination Office (PICO), Hong Kong Government, Amount: HKD $500,000
  • 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: HKD319,484
  • 2017 International Minority Protection in the Contemporary Global Legal Order: From the Treaty of Westphalia to the International Court of Justice, CityU, Start-up Grant, Estimate Amount: HKD199,430

Selected Awards

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