Holning Lau

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

Professor Lau teaches International Law of Human Rights, Comparative Constitutional Law, and Family Law. He served as Associate Dean for Faculty Development from 2016-2018. Professor Lau's current research examines international and comparative approaches to equality rights. He is also co-editing the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Constitutional Law in Asia.  

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 a 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 LGBT 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.

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Selected Publications

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  • Gender Recognition As a Human Right, in NEW HUMAN RIGHTS: RECOGNITION, NOVELTY, RHETORIC (A. von Arnauld, K. Odendahl & M. Susi, eds., forthcoming 2020). [SSRN]
  • From Loving to Obergefell: Elevating the Significance of Discriminatory Effects, 25 VA. J. SOC. POL'Y & L. 317 (2018). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination, 2(2) BRILL RESEARCH PERSPECTIVES IN COMPARATIVE DISCRIMINATION LAW (2018). [SSRN, BEPress]
  • American Equal Protection and Global Convergence (with H. Li), 86 FORDHAM L. REV. 1251 (2017). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Marriage Equality and Family Diversity: Comparative Perspectives from the United States and South Africa, 85 FORDHAM L. REV. 2615 (2017). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Comparative Perspectives on Strategic Remedial Delays, 91 TUL. L. REV. 259 (2016). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress, Document Link (PDF)]
  • Shaping Expectations about Dads as Caregivers: Toward an Ecological Approach, 45 HOFSTRA L. REV. 183 (2016). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress, Document Link (PDF)]
  • The Language of Westernization in Legal Commentary, 61 AM. J. COMP. L. 507 (2013). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
  • Grounding Conversations on Sexuality and Asian Law, 44 U.C. DAVIS L. REV. 773 (2011). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress, 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, BEPress]
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