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Ethnicity and Democratic Governance

Ghai.jpgYash P Ghai

Professor Emeritus of Constitutional Law
Faculty of Law
University of Hong Kong
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Research Statement (66 kB)Yash Ghai is professor of public law at the University of Hong Kong. He comes from Kenya and was educated at Oxford and Harvard. For a while he was an advocate of the High Court of Tanzania. He has taught in a number of countries, including Tanzania, Sweden, Britain, Fiji, Hong Kong, Singapore and the US. His primary interests now are constitutions arising out of conflict, particularly ethnic conflict, as well as human rights. In most of his research he adopts the comparative approach, and tries to locate constitutions and law within a broad political and societal framework. He is also interested in political and constitutional issues of autonomy, particularly in the context of Greater China. Some of his principal writings have been published in non-legal journals.

He has combined an active engagement in advisory work during his academic career. He has been a consultant to a number of countries, including Tanzania, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Seychelles, Afghanistan, Maldives, Cambodia, and East Timor. He chaired Kenya's constitutional review from 2001-04. He is currently an advisor to the Constitution Committee of the National Assembly of Iraq. He has facilitated various consultations in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, and has advised the Tibetan Government in Exile on autonomy regimes in China.

On September 2006, he took up his appointment as the UN Special Representative for Human Rights to Cambodia. He succeeded Peter Leuprecht, also a member of the SSHRC MCRI Ethnicity and Democratic Governance research team.

Expertise:

  • Constitutions arising out of conflict, particularly ethnic conflict
  • Human rights
  • Political and constitutional issues of autonomy, particularly in the context of Greater China

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