Kelley Loper


Associate Professor

Fellow, Centre for Comparative and Public Law

BA (Yale)


Kelley Loper is Director of the LLM in Human Rights Programme and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law. She also sits on the advisory board of the Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality and Anti-discrimination Law. Her work centres on the implementation of international human rights law in domestic contexts, especially Hong Kong. She has researched and published on several related topics including: UN human rights treaties and refugee protection in states not party to the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees; the rights to education and legal capacity in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination; public opinion on the rights of same-sex couples; dignity as a constitutional value; and gender constitutionalism. She teaches courses on international human rights law and equality and non-discrimination. In addition to her academic work, she serves on the board of the Hong Kong Dignity Institute and has previously served on the boards of the Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre (as past Chairperson), Justice Centre Hong Kong, and Amnesty International (Hong Kong). She has advised various other organisations including the UNHCR, UN Women, and Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor on a range of issues.

Research Areas

  • Human Rights
  • International Refugee Law
  • Equality Law

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