Holning S. Lau

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Education

  • 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 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 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 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.

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