Dr Eric C. Ip

Department of Law

Associate Professor

Deputy Director, Centre for Medical Ethics and Law
Director of the BSocSc (Govt&Laws) & LLB Programme

DPhil (Oxford), MSt (Oxford), MBEth (Sydney), LLM (KCL), LLB (New England), BSocSc (Govt&Laws) (HKU) 


Eric C. Ip (DPhil, University of Oxford) is an Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law at The University of Hong Kong (HKU).

Ip is an expert in comparative public law, with applications to public health. His research on comparative administrative and constitutional law has been published in peer-reviewed periodicals such as The American Journal of Comparative Law, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, International & Comparative Law Quarterly, and International Journal of Constitutional Law. He is the sole author of Hybrid Constitutionalism (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and Judging Regulators (Edward Elgar, 2020), and a co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Administrative Law (Oxford University Press, 2021).

Ip’s work on the law and ethics of public health has appeared in The Lancet Public Health, The Lancet Planetary Health, American Journal of Public Health, Medical Law Review, Journal of Law and the Biosciences, Health Economics, Policy and Law, and Public Health Ethics. He is pioneering a new paradigm of planetary health law, which helps to develop a more coherent legal regime that addresses, among other things, the implications of the climate crisis on health and human rights. He teaches global health law for the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine at HKU. He holds an advanced degree from the Faculty of Medicine and Health at The University of Sydney, specialising in bioethics.

Prior to joining HKU, Ip taught at University College London (UCL) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), where he served as Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Law. He has received the Young Researcher Award (2014) and Research Excellence Award (2015) from CUHK, and the Faculty Research Output Prize (2017), Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award (2018), University Research Output Prize (2020), Faculty Research Output Prize (2021), and University Outstanding Young Researcher Award (2021) from HKU, in recognition of his achievements in research or teaching.

Research Area

  • Comparative Administrative Law
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Public Health Law and Ethics
  • Planetary Health Law and Ethics

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