Professor Marco Wan
Department of Law
Director, Law and Literary Studies Programme
PhD., University of Cambridge
LLM, Harvard Law School
MA/BA Law (Hons)., University of Cambridge
BA., Yale University
Member, New York State Bar
CEDR and HKMAAL Mediator
Marco Wan is Professor of Law and Director of the Programme in Law and Literary Studies at the University of Hong Kong. His research focuses on the intersections between law and the humanities, especially law and literature, law and film, and the ways in which perspectives from the humanities shed light on the legal regulation of gender and sexuality.
His first book, Masculinity and the Trials of Modern Fiction (Routledge, 2017), examines literary trials in nineteenth-century England and France; it was awarded the Penny Pether Prize from the Law, Literature, and the Humanities Association of Australasia and the University Research Output Prize from HKU. His second book, Film and Constitutional Controversy (Cambridge University Press, 2021) explores how constitutional debates are refracted in Hong Kong cinema. His current work draws on literary and cultural theory to examine the legal regulation of sexuality. All three projects are supported by three-year grants from the General Research Fund (GRF) of the University Grants Committee.
He is Managing Editor of Law & Literature, which was founded as the journal of the Law and Literature movement. He serves on the editorial boards of the Critical Studies in Law, Literature and the Humanities series (Edinburgh University Press); Law and Visual Jurisprudence (Springer); the Hong Kong Law Journal; and the Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law. He has held visiting positions at the University of Cambridge, the National University of Singapore, and the Käte Hamburger ‘Law as Culture’ Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities in Germany.
Marco received his PhD and his law degree from the University of Cambridge, where he was an Evan-Lewis Thomas Law Scholar and a Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellow. He also holds an LLM from Harvard Law School. He received his BA in Comparative Literature from Yale University, where he was awarded the Fox International Fellowship.
Marco’s courses include: Law and Literature; Law and Film; Law, Meaning and Interpretation; Gender, Sexuality and the Law; Constitutional Law; and Contract Law. He has been the recipient of the University of Hong Kong Outstanding Teaching Award.
- Legal Regulation of Gender and Sexuality
- Law and Literature
- Law and Film
Editorships and External Positions