Prof. Michael RAMSDEN

Associate Professor






(852) 3943 1141

(852) 2994 2505

Room 530
Faculty of Law
5/F, Lee Shau Kee Building
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Sha Tin, NT, Hong Kong SAR

Professor Michael Ramsden currently serves as Assistant Dean (Research), Director of the  Centre for Rights and Justice, and Co-Director of the Clinic for Public Interest Advocacy. He previously held visiting research positions at Auckland, Cambridge, Columbia, Oxford and UCL, and served on Nuon Chea’s defence legal team at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. Michael is also a legal advisor to the Universal Rights Group in Geneva.

Michael’s research focuses on the intersections between different branches of public international law, the use of international law in common law courts, the utility of strategic litigation, and human rights law. Michael’s papers have appeared in the International & Comparative Law Quarterly, Human Rights Law Review, Public Law, and Journal of International Criminal Justice. In 2014, Michael won CUHK’s Young Researcher Award for his work in the Journal of Conflict and Security Law on the legal framework governing US targeted killings.

Michael is committed to experiential learning at CUHK. He co-founded the ‘Clinic for Public Interest Advocacy’, providing students with real life experience of advocacy campaigns and strategic litigation to advance social justice and fundamental rights. He has also coached CUHK students participating in international law moot competitions to great success, with them winning several major international competitions and prizes over the years.

Michael holds degrees in international law and international relations from Berkeley, Cambridge and King’s College London.