Jane Alexandra RICHARDS

PhD (F/T)
Primary Supervisor: Simon Young
Co-Supervisor: Kelley Loper
Field of Study: Human Rights Law
Thesis Title: The Application of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the Insanity Defence.

My doctoral research focuses on the equality rights of persons with mental disabilities in the criminal justice system. I am especially interested in the notion of responsibility, both in the criminal law context and more broadly. I am a passionate believer in the equality and dignity of all people and aim to produce high impact scholarship in furtherance of the inclusion of all.
I am a host on New Books in Law, a channel on the New Books Network, for which I have the privilege of interviewing leading global scholars on all issues relating to human rights.
I am a proud mum of three gorgeous children, a wife, and spend my spare time running.


“Discrimination against defendants with mental disabilities in the Hong Kong Criminal Justice System: Unfitness to plead rules and disposition orders.” Hong Kong Law Journal (forthcoming September 2021).
“The Dark Side of Tourism to the 2019-2020 anti-extradition protests in Hong Kong”, Adam Lynes, Craig Kelly and James Treadwell (eds.), 50 Dark Destinations: A Criminological Analysis of Contemporary Tourism, Bristol University Press (Forthcoming).
“An Incremental Approach to Filling Protection Gaps in Equality Rights for Persons with Disabilities.” (2021) Human Rights Law Review
“‘It was you who taught me that peaceful marches did not work’; Uncivil Disobedience and the Hong Kong Protests – Justification, Duty and Resistance” (2020) 21 Asia-Pacific Journal of Human Rights and the Law, 63
(Book review) Human Rights Law Review: Anna Arstein-Kerslake, Restoring Voice to People with Cognitive Disabilities: Realizing the Right to Equal Recognition Before the Law Human Rights Law Review 2018(4): 803-808


HKU Advance Fellowship Scheme FHEA level: fellow of Advance HE, 2020
First-runner up HKU 3MT competition 2020