Alvin Y.H. Cheung

Alvin Y.H. Cheung


About Me

Alvin Y.H. Cheung is a J.S.D. Candidate at New York University School of Law and a Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar at NYU's U.S.-Asia Law Institute. His doctoral project, "Abusive Legalism," addresses the systematic abuse of sub-constitutional legal norms and institutions by authoritarian regimes.

Alvin holds degrees from NYU (LL.M. in International Legal Studies, 2014) and Cambridge (M.A. 2011), and has worked in Hong Kong as a barrister and as a lecturer in Law & Public Affairs at Hong Kong Baptist University. He has also written and presented extensively about developments in Hong Kong for academic, specialist, and lay audiences. 


US-Asia Law Institute, New York University School of Law

September 2016 - Present

Non-Resident Affiliated Scholar

December 2015 - July 2016

Affiliated Researcher

September 2014 - June 2015

Visiting Scholar

Hong Kong Baptist University

Autumn 2015

Lecturer in Law & Public Affairs, Masters of Public Administration programme


Sir Oswald Cheung’s Chambers, Hong Kong

January 2010 - July 2013

Member of barristers’ chambers primarily focused on civil litigation. One of the oldest barristers’ chambers in Hong Kong.



New York University School of Law

September 2016 - Present

Doctor of Juridical Science Candidate

September 2013 - May 2014

Master of Laws in International Legal Studies

University of Cambridge

February 2011

Master of Arts in Law (conferred as of right)

October 2004 - June 2007

Bachelor of Arts in Law (Class II, Division 1 Honours)

Prince Philip Scholar, 2004


University of Hong Kong

September 2007 - June 2008

Professional Certificate in Laws


Bar Admissions

Hong Kong (admitted April 2009; non-practicing as of July 2013)

New York (admitted June 2015)

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

Remedies, Halsbury’s Laws of Hong Kong (2d ed. 2011) (with Lester H.L. Lee).


Academic Freedom and Critical Speech in Hong Kong: China’s Response to Occupy Central and the Future of “One Country, Two Systems”, 42 N.C. J. Int’l L. 665 (2017) (with Carole J. Petersen).

Intra-Executive Policy Laundering: A New Look at an Old Problem, 41 N.C. J. Int'l L. 249 (2016).

Road to Nowhere: Hong Kong's Democratization and China's Obligations Under Public International Law, 40 Brook. J. Int’l L. 465 (2015).


The Deeper Malaise in Hong Kong’s Civil Service, Lowy Interpreter (June 17, 2019).

Why Hong Kong Protesters are Outraged by Extradition Bill, CNN Opinion (June 11, 2019).

The Express Rail Co-location Case: The Hong Kong Judiciary’s Retreat, Lawfare (Jan. 10, 2019).

Xinjiang and Hong Kong: The Periphery Playbook, Asia Dialogue (Oct. 26, 2018).

Hong Kong: Race-Baiting the Judiciary, Lowy Interpreter (Feb. 9, 2018).

Who’s to Blame for Hong Kong’s Weakening Rule of Law? ChinaFile (Jan. 23, 2018).

Beijing is Weakening Hong Kong’s Rule of Law. How Far Will it Go? ChinaFile (May 9, 2017).

A Mockery of China’s Pledge on Rule of Law, S. China Morning Post (H.K.) (Sept. 26, 2015) (with Jerome A. Cohen).

The Metastasis of “National Security” in China, Int’l J. Const. L. Blog (Aug. 6, 2015).

Lone Fight, S. China Morning Post (H.K.) (Mar. 13, 2015).

The International Law Case for Democracy in Hong Kong, Opinio Juris (Oct. 3, 2014).

Written Evidence to the UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee on the UK's relations with Hong Kong: 30 years After the Joint Declaration (Oct. 2014), HNG0270.

Melancholy in Hong Kong, 31(4) World Pol’y J. 97 (2014).





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