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Phil C. W. Chan
Opinion

Opinion

Phil C. W. Chan

Why Hong Kong protesters are forcing university leaders to pick a side – academic freedom is at stake

  • Behind public support for the protesters is the realisation that Hong Kong has paid a steep price for silence over policies that pushed integration with the mainland
  • University leaders’ failure to speak up on the extradition bill and during the early days of the protests does not bode well for academic freedom

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Phil C. W. Chan

Phil C. W. Chan

Phil C.W. Chan is a scholar in public law, human rights, international law and global governance. His books include China, State Sovereignty and International Legal Order (2015), Protection of Sexual Minorities since Stonewall: Progress and Stalemate in Developed and Developing Countries (2010), and Equality in Asia-Pacific: Reality or a Contradiction in Terms? (2007). He holds a PhD in international law and Chinese law from the National University of Singapore and law degrees from the University of Hong Kong and the University of Durham.