HJS Report Launch: 20 Years After Hong Kong’s Handover


Date: 12:00-13:00, 31st October 2017

Location: Committee Room 3A, House of Lords,
Houses of Parliament, SW1A 0AA


Dr John Hemmings
Director, Asia Studies Centre, at The Henry Jackson Society

Dr. Malte Philipp Kaeding
Lecturer in International Politics, at The University of Surrey

Benedict Rogers
Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission

Professor Carol Jones
Academic and Former Chairperson of the Committee on Legal Reform in Hong Kong

Edward Tin-kei Leung 
Hong Kong Political Activist

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Twenty years ago, the United Kingdom and China participated in the Handover of Hong Kong, supposedly closing the door on a “Century of Humiliation”. Despite its desire to reaffirm the rejuvenation of the Chinese Nation, China has a mixed record in Hong Kong. This report looks back over the history of Sino-UK negotiations, the status of the rule-of-law, and the decline in Hong Kong’s special autonomy.

By kind invitation of Lord Alton of Liverpool, The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to an event with Dr John Hemmings – Director of our Asia Studies Centre, who will examine the history of Sino-UK negotiations on the 20th anniversary year of the handover of Hong Kong.

DSC00832Dr John Hemmings is the founding Director of the Asia Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Society and an adjunct fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has a PhD in international relations at the London School of Economics, where he focused on security issues in the Asia Pacific region. He has authored a number of book chapters, academic journals, and newspaper articles commenting on Asia, contributing the Telegraph, the Diplomat, the lowy Interpreter, and the National Interest.

Malte Kaeding

Dr. Malte Philipp Kaeding is a lecturer (assistant professor) in international politics at the University of Surrey. He got his PhD from Hong Kong Baptist University and Magister from University of Heidelberg. Malte is member of the Hong Kong Transition Project. His research area includes topics such as identity, social movements, elections and democratisation with a regional focus on East Asia and particularly the so-called ‘Greater China area’ with China, Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Currently he works on emotions in international relations and Hong Kong localism.

B Rogers

Benedict Rogers is the Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, and principal author of their report The Darkest Moment: The Crackdown on Human Rights in China 2013-2016, which includes a chapter on Hong Kong. He is a human rights activist and writer specialising in Asia, particularly China, Burma, Indonesia and North Korea, is the author of six books, and lived in Hong Kong as a journalist from 1997-2002.

Carol Jones

Professor Carol Jones e was one of the first academics to study the post-Mao development of the legal profession in China. She has continued to undertake empirical research in China on the legal profession and the Chinese criminal justice system. Her latest book, Lost in China? Law, Culture and Identity in Post-1997 Hong Kong  (Cambridge 2015) examines how Hong Kong’s ‘walls of law’ have been damaged by Mainlandisation, and how this has prompted local resistance.


Edward Tin-kei LEUNG  is a Hong Kong localist political figure who came in third in the 2016 legislative by-election before being barred from running in 2016 Legislative Council election on the grounds of not respecting the Basic Law, despite publicly renouncing “Hong Kong Independence”. Mr. Leung recently finished a visiting fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School.”


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