Prof. Michael C. Davis

Prof. Michael C. Davis

Professor of Law and International Affairs

B.A. (Ohio State University);

J.D. (University of California Hasting College of the Law);

LLM. (Yale Law School)


Prof. Michael C. Davis is the Professor of Law and International Affairs at O. P. Jindal Global University, a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars  in Washington, DC, and a Senior Research Scholar at both the Weatherhead East Asia Institute at Columbia University and the US Asia Law Institute at NYU.  He was the 2018-2019 Residential Fellow at the Wilson Center and the 2016-2017 Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at the US National Endowment for Democracy. He was a Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong for many years until late 2016.

He has held a number of distinguished visiting appointments, including J. Landis Martin Visiting Professor at Northwestern University (2005-6), the Robert and Marion Short Visiting Professor at Notre Dame University (2004-5) and the Frederick K. Cox Human Rights Professorship at Case Western Reserve University (2000), as well as the Schell Senior Human Rights Fellowship at Yale Law School (1994-5).

His articles have appeared in leading scholarly journals in law and politics. His books include Making Hong Kong China: The Rollback of Human Rights and the Rule of Law (Columbia University Press, author, 2020), International Intervention in the Post-Cold War World (M. E. Sharp, editor, 2004), Human Rights and Chinese Values (Oxford University Press, editor, 1995) Constitutional Confrontation in Hong Kong (St. Martin’s Press, author,1990).

As a public intellectual he has contributed commentary to a variety of international media, including Foreign Affairs, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Nikkei Asian Review and the South China Morning Post, as well as such broadcast media as CNN, the BBC, and NPR. Amnesty International and the Hong Kong FCC awarded him a 2014 Human Rights Press Award for a series of commentary published in the South China Morning. For highlights of his various interest and activities see