In 2005, the University celebrated the inauguration of the first 8 Endowed Professorships,
a milestone in the University's history.
To date, a total of 120 Endowed Professorships have been established.
Mr Warren Chan

Warren Chan Professorship in Human Rights and Responsibilities

"Human rights are important, and human responsibilities are equally important. Ask not just what your rights are, but also what your responsibilities are, to yourself, to others and to the environment.

Every society will have to strike its own balance of such rights and responsibilities.

Mr Warren Chan
Fu Hualing

Fu Hualing

Appointed in 2018

Professor Fu Hualing is Professor of Law and holder of the Warren Chan Professorship in Human Rights and Responsibilities at the Department of Law, The University of Hong Kong (HKU). He specialises in constitutional law, legal institutions, human rights with a focus on China, and cross-border legal relations in the Greater China region.

Professor Fu's current research focuses on the rise of human rights lawyering in China and its implications for political and legal reform in the country, the politics of anti-corruption enforcement, popular justice, and a critical re-assessment of rule of law reform in China in the past four decades. His other research areas include the constitutional status of Hong Kong, in particular central-local relationships in the Hong Kong context and national security legislation.

He has a keen interest in building capacity in civil society, developing the rule of law, and enhancing legal protection of human rights in China. He has worked with and advised foreign governments and international institutions, as well as the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), with respect to their projects in China.

His teaching focuses on human rights in China, corruption issues, and cross-border legal relations between Hong Kong and the Mainland. He is committed to expanding experiential learning opportunities for Hong Kong law students in the Mainland and Mainland law students in Hong Kong. He continues to actively promote student and faculty exchanges with leading Mainland law schools, in a spirit of better mutual understanding.

Professor Fu received his LLB from Southwestern University of Politics and Law, Chongqing, in 1983; his MA from the University of Toronto in 1988; and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1991. Prior to joining HKU in 1997, he taught at his alma mater in Chongqing, and at City University of Hong Kong. Professor Fu has served as Director of the Centre for Comparative and Public Law (2004-06), Head of the Department of Law (2008-10) and, since 2014, has been Associate Dean (China Affairs) at the Law Faculty.

He has been a visiting professor at the University of Washington, New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan, and Zhongnan University. He served on the Mainland Affairs Committee of The Law Society of Hong Kong, and as an adviser to the Asian Law Centre, the University of Melbourne, and the Centre for Asian Legal Studies, National University of Singapore.

Professor Fu has published extensively in various books, and in local and international journals, including The China Quarterly, The China Journal and the Journal of Contemporary China. As a believer in collaborative approaches to scholarship, he has co-edited a number of significant studies including National Security and Fundamental Freedoms: Hong Kong's Article 23 Under Scrutiny (2005); Liu Xiaobo; Charter 08 and the Limits of China's Political Reform (2012); Mediation in Contemporary China (2017); Transparency Challenges Facing China (2018); and Socialist Law in Socialist East Asia (2018).

He is Co-editor of the Social Science Research Network Chinese Law eJournal, and Co-editor of The Routledge Rule of Law in China and Comparative Perspectives Series. Professor Fu was the recipient of the prestigious 2005 Gordon White Award from The China Quarterly for his 2005 article Re-education through Labour in Historical Perspective.

He is widely regarded as one of the foremost commentators on the development and operation of public law in China. Professor Fu's perspectives on a broad range of legal issues are keenly sought internationally and also within Greater China. Overall, the work of Professor Fu Hualing has been important in helping to build HKU's exceptional reputation for research and scholarship in relation to China's law reforms, legal institutions, and civil society.