Holning S. Lau

Print This Page (PDF) Reef C. Ivey, II Distinguished Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Faculty Development, and Faculty Director of the LL.M. Program


  • J.D., University of Chicago
  • B.A., University of Pennsylvania

Professor Lau teaches Family Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Asian Legal Perspectives, Children & the Law, and Sexuality & the Law. He also serves as Associate Dean for Faculty Development and as Faculty Director of the law school's LL.M. program.

Professor Lau's current research examines international and comparative approaches to issues of gender and sexuality. He is presently working on projects that focus on the European Union, Hong Kong, South Africa, and the United States.

Professor Lau joined the UNC faculty in 2009, after spending two years as an Associate Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School, where he also co-directed Hofstra's LGBT Rights Fellowship Program. Prior to joining the Hofstra faculty, Professor Lau worked at UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy. He has served twice as a visiting fellow at the University of Hong Kong's Centre for Comparative and Public Law. In addition, Professor Lau has worked for the Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor, Children Rights, and the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton in New York. He is also the immediate past president of the ACLU of North Carolina.

Professor Lau received his J.D. from the University of Chicago, where he was the Executive Topics & Comments Editor of the University of Chicago Law Review and served on the staff of the Chicago Journal of International Law. At the University of Chicago, Professor Lau was named a Stonewall Scholar for excellence in his work related to sexual orientation rights and was awarded the Ignacio Martín-Baró Award for the best human rights paper by a professional or master's degree student. Professor Lau completed his B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude.

Selected Publications

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  • Assessing the Tongzhi Label: Self-Identification and Public Opinion (with G. Yeung, R. L. Stotzer, C. Q. Lau & K. Loper), 63 J. HOMOSEXUALITY (forthcoming 2016). [SSRN]
  • Comparative Perspectives on Strategic Remedial Delays, 91 TUL. L. REV. (forthcoming 2016). [SSRN]
  • Shaping Expectations about Dads as Caregivers: Toward an Ecological Approach, 45 HOFSTRA L. REV. (forthcoming 2016). [SSRN]
  • Public Opinion in Hong Kong About Gays and Lesbians: The Impact of Interpersonal and Imagined Contact (with C. Lau & K. Loper), 26 INT'L J. PUB. OPINION RES. 301 (2014). [Document Link]
  • The Language of Westernization in Legal Commentary, 61 AM. J. COMP. L. 507 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, Document Link]
  • Rewriting Schalk and Kopf v. Austria: Shifting the Locus of Deference, in DIVERSITY AND EUROPEAN HUMAN RIGHTS: REWRITING JUDGMENTS OF THE ECHR (E. Brems, ed.) (Cambridge Univ. Press 2012). [KJC5132 .D58 2013]
  • Grounding Conversations on Sexuality and Asian Law, 44 U.C. DAVIS L. REV. 773 (2011). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, Document Link (PDF)]
  • Identity Scripts & Democratic Deliberation, 94 MINN. L. REV. 897 (2010). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, Document Link (PDF)]
  • Human Rights and Globalization: Putting the Race to the Top in Perspective, 102 NW. U. L. REV. 2021 (2008). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein]
  • Transcending the Individualist Paradigm in Sexual Orientation Antidiscrimination Law, 94 CAL. L. REV. 1271 (2006), reprinted in 6 THE DUKEMINIER AWARDS 69 (2007). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein, BEPress]
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