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
Phil C.W. Chan is an independent observer on Hong Kong, China and Asia-Pacific affairs. He holds a PhD in international law and Chinese law from the National University of Singapore and law degrees from the Universities of Hong Kong and Durham. He is author of the book "China, State Sovereignty and International Legal Order".