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2021 Hku Legal and Political Theory Postgraduate Conference

On 5 May, the conference kicked off with an inspiring lecture by Professor Jonathan Wolff of the University of Oxford on “The Point is to Change It”, followed by 12 lectures by selected participants. The second day of the conference began with a wonderful lecture by Dr Kieran Oberman from the University of Edinburgh on “Immigration and the Hohfeldian Error”, followed by 12 more presentations by selected participants. The final day of the conference began with an information session by Chandran Kukathas of Singapore Management University on “John Rawls and the Immigrant”, followed by 12 more lectures by selected participants. We particularly welcome abstract contributions from scholars in the fields of philosophy, political theory, international relations theory and legal theory. I was a winnerThe link will open in a new window in the 2021 Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence for Postgraduate Researchers. The conference received more than 70 applications from academics and students from around the world, including Europe, North America, Australia and Asia. I teach or have taught modules in politics, philosophy and history of political thought. I have been involved in political cooperation with civil society institutions and the British Government. For example, I co-authored an article at the UK Government`s April 2021 consultation on proposed reforms to the flood insurance system (with David SchultzLink opens in new window at the University of Manchester). I also testified before the UK Parliament`s Risk Assessment and Risk Planning Committee on resilience to extreme risks and emergencies. I was a member of an international team of scientists who co-authored a short background paper on seismic vulnerabilities in soft story and non-ductile buildings for the Institute for Research in Seismic Engineering (EERILink will open in a new window).

My report on flood risk and housing has been printed in a brochureLink opens in a new window for Young Fabians. I am supervised by Keith HyamsLink opens in new window and Simon CaneyLink opens in new window, with Rebecca BellLink opens in new window and Douglas ToomeyLink opens in new window as informal advisors. The interdisciplinary orientation of this team reflects my interest in combining knowledge of normative political theory and empirical geosciences to motivate my project. The conference aims to give PhD students and academics from various fields working on topics related to the conference theme the opportunity to present and discuss their work and receive feedback from their colleagues and our distinguished speakers: Professor Jonathan Wolff (University of Oxford), Professor Chandran Kukathas (Singapore Management University) and Dr Kieran Oberman (University of Edinburgh). I have been appointed to the Young Members Committee and Student Leadership Council of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute for 2021-2022. I do other types of public relations, often in interdisciplinary contexts. What`s unusual for a political theorist is that I was a judge for EERI`s 2021 undergraduate seismic design competition. It involved dozens of engineering students representing universities around the world. In August 2021, I have introductory courses in politics, philosophy and law for the Sutton Trust Summer SchoolLink opens in a new window for high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Faculty of Law and the Department of Politics and Public Administration of the University of Hong Kong are pleased to announce their first joint postgraduate lecture in Legal and Political Theory, which will take place on 5, 6 and 7 May 2021 (16:00 to 19:30 HKT/SGT or 9:00 to 12:30 BST) via Zoom.

The theme of this year`s conference is global justice. The first joint postgraduate conference in legal and political theory, jointly organized by the Faculty of Law and the Department of Politics and Public Administration of the University of Hong Kong, was successfully held via Zoom on 5, 6 and 7 May 2021. As I come from a non-specialized and interdisciplinary academic background, I would like to encourage more students to move on to other areas of philosophy and political theory. Please contact me for more information. Abstracts should be about 500 words and speakers should be prepared to make a presentation of about 20 minutes. The deadline to submit abstracts is March 31, 2021, with speakers being notified of the result approximately three weeks after that date. My first name is pronounced “GAR-kay”. I am a third-year PhD student in PAIS who researches ethics and seismic risk management policies. Specifically, I am dealing with the risk of catastrophic earthquakes generating tsunamis in the Pacific Northwest of the United States and Canada. My studies are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRCLink will open in a new window). If you would like to apply, please send an anonymous abstract with the title of the article to [email protected] for blind review, with “Application to the Conference of Legal and Political Theory” as the subject line. Your name and institutional affiliation will be included in the body of the email.

Do not hesitate to send us an email with your questions. In Warwick, I am connected to the Centre for Ethics, Law and Public Affairs (CELPALink will open in a new window) and the Interdisciplinary Research Group in Ethics on Ethics in Climate and Development projectLink opens in new window. I am also a member of the UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDRLink will open in a new window), the Institute for Research in Seismic Engineering (EERILink will open in a new window) and the Consortium for a Socially Relevant Philosophy of Science and Engineering (SRPoiSELink opens in a new window).