Michael C. Davis

Michael C. Davis

Research Interest

Democracy, Governance, Human Rights, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding, Global Governance, International Development, Society and Culture, Asia, China Mainland, South Asia, Southeast Asia

Michael C. Davis is the Professor of Law and International Affairs at Jindal Global University in India and a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. A widely sought after scholar on human rights in Asia, he also holds non-residential fellowships at the Liu Institute for Asian Studies at the University of Notre Dame and the Center for Comparative Public Law at the University of Hong Kong. He was previously the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (2016-2017), and the Schell Senior Human Rights Fellow at Yale Law School (1994-5). A Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong until late 2016, he has also held distinguished visiting professorships at Northwestern University (2005-6), Notre Dame (2004-5) and Case Western Reserve (2000). His books include Constitutional Confrontation in Hong Kong (1990), Human Rights and Chinese Values (1995), and International Intervention in the Post-Cold War World (2004). He has contributed commentary and analysis to such newspapers as the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, the New York Times and South China Morning Post, the latter for which Amnesty International and the Hong Kong FCC awarded him a 2014 Human Rights Press Award for commentary.



Making Hong Kong China: The Rollback of Human Rights and the Rule of Law (Columbia University Press, 2020) Author.

International Intervention in the Post-Cold-War World: Moral Responsibility and Power Politics, (New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2004). Chief Editor, with Dieter Sepp, Wolfgang Dietrich and Bettina Scholdan.

Human Rights and Chinese Values: Legal, Philosophical and Political Perspectives (English Edition: Oxford University Press, 1995). Editor.

The Aftermath of the 1989 Crisis in Mainland China (Boulder: Westview Press, 1992). Coeditor with B. J. Lin, et. al.

Constitutional Confrontation in Hong Kong (London: Macmillan Press, 1990; New York: St. Martins Press, 1990) Author.



“Hong Kong: How Beijing Perfected Repression,” Journal of Democracy, Vol. 33/1 2022, pp. 100-115. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/843615

“Strengthening Constitutionalism in Asia,” Journal of Democracy, Vol. 28 (October 2017) pp. 147-161. www.journalofdemocracy.org/article/strengthening-constitutionalism-asia

“The Basic Law, Universal Suffrage and the Rule of Law in Hong Kong,” Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, Vol. 38/2, 2016, pp. 275-298.

“Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement: Beijing’s Broken Promises,” Journal of Democracy, Vol. 26, April 2015, pp. 101-110. https://www.journalofdemocracy.org/articles/hong-kongs-umbrella-movement-beijings-broken-promises/

“Can International Law Help Resolve the Conflicts Over Uninhabited Islands in the East China Sea?” Denver Journal of International Law, Vol. 43/2 (2015) pp. 119-163. http://researchblog.law.hku.hk/2015/03/michael-davis-on-east-china-sea.html

“Tibet and China’s National Minority Policies,” Orbis (Summer, 2012), Vol. 56, No. 3, pp. 429-446. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.orbis.2012.05.009