Michael C. Davis

Michael C. Davis is professor of law and international affairs at the O.P. Jindal Global University in India and a resident fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre in Washington, DC. A professor in the Law Faculty at the University of Hong Kong until late 2016, he continues as a non-resident senior fellow in the university’s Centre for Comparative and Public Law.
Michael C. Davis
Michael C. Davis is professor of law and international affairs at the O.P. Jindal Global University in India and a resident fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre in Washington, DC. A professor in the Law Faculty at the University of Hong Kong until late 2016, he continues as a non-resident senior fellow in the university’s Centre for Comparative and Public Law.

Latest from Michael C. Davis

Opinion | Far from forsaking Hong Kong’s rule of law, extradition bill protesters are trying to defend it

The rule of law is not about enforcing government diktat. It is about the impartiality and independence of courts and leaders, which protesters fear are being eroded.

23 Jul 2019 - 3:02AM

The rule of law is not about enforcing government diktat. It is about the impartiality and independence of courts and leaders, which protesters fear are being eroded.

Far from forsaking Hong Kong’s rule of law, extradition bill protesters are trying  to defend it
Opinion | Hong Kong’s extradition protests are yet another crisis of the government’s own making

In this and other mass rallies since 2003, Hongkongers are rising up in defence of their rights and freedoms only because their government can’t – or won’t – find its voice to defend the city’s core values against pressure from Beijing.

18 Jun 2019 - 7:08AM

In this and other mass rallies since 2003, Hongkongers are rising up in defence of their rights and freedoms only because their government can’t – or won’t – find its voice to defend the city’s core values against pressure from Beijing.

Hong Kong’s extradition protests are yet another crisis of the government’s own making
China’s hard line on Hong Kong only undermines confidence in the city. So why do it?

The repeated dismissals of the relevance of the Sino-British Joint Declaration are unsettling, particularly as there is no question the document is a treaty under international law, and binding on its signatories.

16 Aug 2018 - 5:17AM

The repeated dismissals of the relevance of the Sino-British Joint Declaration are unsettling, particularly as there is no question the document is a treaty under international law, and binding on its signatories.

China’s hard line on Hong Kong only undermines confidence in the city. So why do it?
With Hong Kong’s young faces of democracy in jail, is civil society being put in chains?
How Hong Kong’s next chief executive can help kill talk of independence
Why Beijing should seek damage control following the South China Sea decision

Michael Davis says the Hague ruling uncovers livelihood issues and environmental damage that China should attend to, if it is to change course and repair its reputation

15 Aug 2018 - 3:28PM

Michael Davis says the Hague ruling uncovers livelihood issues and environmental damage that China should attend to, if it is to change course and repair its reputation

Why Beijing should seek damage control following the South China Sea decision
The rule of law needs more than lip service to survive in Hong Kong
Separation of powers is already a fact of life in Hong Kong
Reform failure should prod Hong Kong leaders to step up as defenders of our autonomy
Hong Kong's right to resolve its own problems, provided by law, is lost on Leung Chun-ying
Post Occupy, will the government speak for the Hong Kong people?
Hong Kong government must face up to responsibilities on human rights

As court orders, followed by more aggressive police tactics, seek to clear the streets in Mong Kok and Admiralty, the non-violent civil disobedience campaign in Hong Kong has reached a climax.

15 Aug 2018 - 3:28PM

As court orders, followed by more aggressive police tactics, seek to clear the streets in Mong Kok and Admiralty, the non-violent civil disobedience campaign in Hong Kong has reached a climax.

Hong Kong government must face up to responsibilities on human rights
Occupy protests breaking law, but not undermining Hong Kong's rule of law

A small group of lawyers has added to the chorus of establishment figures denouncing the Occupy movement as undermining the rule of law. Are they right?

15 Aug 2018 - 3:28PM

A small group of lawyers has added to the chorus of establishment figures denouncing the Occupy movement as undermining the rule of law. Are they right?

Occupy protests breaking law, but not undermining Hong Kong's rule of law
Real threat to rule of law lies in NPC's reform ruling

Hong Kong protesters have recently been under attack by prominent Beijing officials and the state media for allegedly violating the rule of law and for making democracy proposals that are said to violate the Basic Law.

15 Aug 2018 - 3:28PM

Hong Kong protesters have recently been under attack by prominent Beijing officials and the state media for allegedly violating the rule of law and for making democracy proposals that are said to violate the Basic Law.

Real threat to rule of law lies in NPC's reform ruling
Talks between protesters and government must proceed on basis of trust

Hong Kong people and the media are surely wondering whether anything positive can come out of the proposed democracy negotiations.

10 Oct 2014 - 4:32AM

Hong Kong people and the media are surely wondering whether anything positive can come out of the proposed democracy negotiations.

Talks between protesters and government must proceed on basis of trust
Beijing has failed to honour its promise to Hong Kong

Beijing's decision on universal suffrage marks a dark day in Hong Kong history. The shortcutting of its firm commitments in the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law signals a broken trust.

15 Aug 2018 - 3:28PM

Beijing's decision on universal suffrage marks a dark day in Hong Kong history. The shortcutting of its firm commitments in the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law signals a broken trust.

Beijing has failed to honour its promise to Hong Kong
Public opinion hijacked in CY Leung's electoral reform report

Reading between the lines of the consultation report and Leung Chun-ying's report to the National People's Congress Standing Committee, it seems clear that the government has all but decided in favour of a non-democratic model for the chief executive election.

17 Jul 2014 - 1:29AM

Reading between the lines of the consultation report and Leung Chun-ying's report to the National People's Congress Standing Committee, it seems clear that the government has all but decided in favour of a non-democratic model for the chief executive election.

Public opinion hijacked in CY Leung's electoral reform report
With white paper, Beijing may have achieved the opposite of what it wants

What is the purpose of Beijing's white paper on Hong Kong? Some argue that it is issuing a warning to unruly protesters. Others assert that this is nothing more than a progress report on "one country, two systems".

16 Jun 2014 - 3:03AM

What is the purpose of Beijing's white paper on Hong Kong? Some argue that it is issuing a warning to unruly protesters. Others assert that this is nothing more than a progress report on "one country, two systems".

With white paper, Beijing may have achieved the opposite of what it wants
Strike a middle path on Hong Kong's electoral reform for 2017

As the consultation over the method for selecting the chief executive in 2017 comes to an end, there is a need to evaluate various proposals. Much of the discussion has focused on what Beijing will or will not accept.

15 Aug 2018 - 3:28PM

As the consultation over the method for selecting the chief executive in 2017 comes to an end, there is a need to evaluate various proposals. Much of the discussion has focused on what Beijing will or will not accept.

Strike a middle path on Hong Kong's electoral reform for 2017
The middle way to electing the next chief executive

Dear chief secretary, considering your frequent calls that proposals for nomination of the chief executive conform to the Basic Law, and mindful that the Basic Law also requires conformity to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, I offer the following proposal.

15 Aug 2018 - 3:28PM

Dear chief secretary, considering your frequent calls that proposals for nomination of the chief executive conform to the Basic Law, and mindful that the Basic Law also requires conformity to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, I offer the following proposal.

The middle way to electing the next chief executive
Universal suffrage naysayers have no legal leg to stand on
Government's commitment to Basic Law text cannot be selective

The government has argued that civic and party nominations of chief executive election candidates being promoted by the democratic camp are contrary to the Basic Law. Both the chief secretary and the secretary for justice have based this view on what they argue is the plain meaning of the Basic Law text.

15 Aug 2018 - 3:28PM

The government has argued that civic and party nominations of chief executive election candidates being promoted by the democratic camp are contrary to the Basic Law. Both the chief secretary and the secretary for justice have based this view on what they argue is the plain meaning of the Basic Law text.

Government's commitment to Basic Law text cannot be selective
Hong Kong government must not blindly follow electoral 'instructions'
Government will have only itself to blame for Occupy Central turmoil

Condemnation has recently been hurled at the Occupy Central movement, accusing its organisers of setting out to foment turmoil. Critics argue that their proposed civil disobedience will damage Hong Kong and warn of the potential for the central government to step in.

19 Nov 2013 - 6:33AM

Condemnation has recently been hurled at the Occupy Central movement, accusing its organisers of setting out to foment turmoil. Critics argue that their proposed civil disobedience will damage Hong Kong and warn of the potential for the central government to step in.

Government will have only itself to blame for Occupy Central turmoil
An NPC interpretation is not the answer to Hong Kong's immigration problems
Government says it's just an ordinary litigant. Think again
Screening is not the way to 'love China, love Hong Kong'
Strong defence of autonomy needed for two systems to work

Is Hong Kong's autonomy model in crisis? It certainly seems a timely question to ask. Opinion polls tell us that more than 35 per cent of Hongkongers hold negative feelings towards mainlanders and both the central and local governments; British colonial flags have reappeared, democratic reform has been delayed, and the city's residents cannot even commemorate June 4 without a fight over patriotism.

15 Aug 2018 - 3:28PM

Is Hong Kong's autonomy model in crisis? It certainly seems a timely question to ask. Opinion polls tell us that more than 35 per cent of Hongkongers hold negative feelings towards mainlanders and both the central and local governments; British colonial flags have reappeared, democratic reform has been delayed, and the city's residents cannot even commemorate June 4 without a fight over patriotism.

Strong defence of autonomy needed for two systems to work
As outsiders try to help Hong Kong, Beijing and its local backers protest too much

In recent weeks we have seen heightened sensitivity to seemingly innocuous comments made by US and British officials about Hong Kong's political development.

15 Aug 2018 - 3:28PM

In recent weeks we have seen heightened sensitivity to seemingly innocuous comments made by US and British officials about Hong Kong's political development.

As outsiders try to help Hong Kong, Beijing and its local backers protest too much
Tibetan autonomy poses questions for Hong Kong