Cora Chan’s research interests are in constitutional theory, human rights and public law. She is currently studying the phenomenon of judicial deference in human rights adjudication. Her works on this topic have been the subject of a number of awards, including the 2012 Society of Legal Scholars Best Paper Prize (for her paper “Proportionality and Invariable Baseline Intensity of Review”); and the 2012-2013 University of Hong Kong Research Output Prize (for her article “Deference, Expertise and Information-Gathering Powers”). In 2013, she received a competitive grant from Hong Kong’s Research Grants Council to examine deference in Hong Kong courts. The Council awarded her the Early Career Award on top of the grant in recognition of the excellent quality of her grant proposal. She was a visiting scholar at Cambridge in March 2014. In the same year, she was awarded the Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award.
Cora is a graduate of the University of Hong Kong’s double degree programme in law and political science. Upon completion of the programme, she attended Brasenose College at the University of Oxford, where she obtained the BCL degree and was awarded the Ralph Chiles CBE Prize in Human Rights. She was admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 2009.
|Awardees||Award Date||Honours / Awards / Prizes||Category|
|2013-06-01||In addition to obtaining the competitive Early Career Scheme grant of the Hong Kong Research Grants Council on judicial deference, my grant proposal was also awarded the 2013 Early Career Award by the same body in recognition of the excellent quality of the proposal. Only 5% of top junior scholars are shortlisted for this award, which consists of an honorary title and an additional amount of HK$100,000 for educational work. My application was ranked 5.0 (excellent). (PI; total fund awarded: HK$501,448; 36 months): Research Grants Council, Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2013-07-01||Doris Zimmern HKU-Cambridge Hughes Hall Fellowship 2013-2014, covering accommodation and college fees during my stay in University of Cambridge as visiting scholar in 3-31 March 2014: The Doris Zimmern Charitable Foundation and the University of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2012-10-01||My paper “Proportionality and invariable baseline intensity of review” was awarded the 2012 Best Paper Prize by the Society of Legal Scholars from eligible entries amongst some 270 papers presented at the Society’s annual conference. To date, it is the only instance when the award went to an academic from outside U.K. law schools. The award consists of a monetary award of £250 and having the final version of the paper published with the A* journal, Legal Studies. The criteria for selection were "originality, contribution to scholarship, and clarity and style." The judges described the paper as having made “an original, well-argued and important contribution to scholarship” in the field.: Society of Legal Scholars, U.K.||Research Achievement|
|2013-12-01||Article on “Deference, Expertise and Information-gathering Powers” awarded the University of Hong Kong’s 2012-2013 Research Output Prize.: University of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2011-09-01||Paper on “Deference, Expertise and Intelligence-Gathering Powers” - one of the four shortlisted for the 2011 Best Paper Prize by the Society of Legal Scholars from eligible entries amongst some 300 papers at the Society’s annual conference.: The Society of Legal Scholars, U.K.||Research Achievement|
|2015-01-01||Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award: The University of Hong Kong||Teaching Accomplishment|
|2015-12-01||My article, “Implementing China and Hong Kong’s Preliminary Reference System: Transposability of Article 267 TFEU Principles” was awarded the Faculty Research Output Prize: The University of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|2014-03-01||My article, "Proportionality and Invariable Baseline Intensity of Review” (2013) 33(1) Legal Studies 1-21, was awarded the Faculty Research Output Prize: The University of Hong Kong||Research Achievement|
|Term Period||Position||Professional Societies|
|Feb 2013 – present||Hong Kong Correspondent||U.K. Constitutional Law Association|
|Jul 2014 - present||Member||U.K. Constitutional Law Association|
|Aug 2011 - present||Member||Society of Legal Scholars|
|Jul 2016 - Jul 2018||Program committee member of the Inaugural Younger Scholars Forum at the XXth Congress||International Academy of Comparative Law|
|Jul 2018 - present||Member of RAE Law Panel||University Grants Committee|
|Jun 2017 - present||Council Member||International Society of Public Law|
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