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University of Hong Kong


The University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law, 10/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong

Research Interests

Constituional law, Legal History, Law and Society, Human Rights, Law and Development


Topics to speak on:

Constitutional Law, Law and Development, Legal History, Human Rights, Global South, Scholar-activism


Dr. Cynthia Farid is a lawyer and legal scholar. Having completed her bar in the United Kingdom and Bangladesh, she graduated with advanced degrees from Cornell Law School (LLM) and the University of Wisconsin Law School (SJD).She is currently a Global Academic Fellow at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) Faculty of Law. Dr. Farid’s research interests include socio-legal history, constitutional and administrative law, law and development (with a focus on South Asia), and knowledge production processes in the Global South.   Prior to joining HKU, Dr Farid was practicing as an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh and had been working with the Human Rights Forum Bangladesh, a coalition of 20 human rights NGOs, to support its engagement with the United Nations Committee against Torture and the Universal Periodic Review. She is also the organizer of two International Research Collaboratives of the Law and Society Association on South Asian Legal Systems and Scholars in the Global South respectively, that have brought together scholars from around the globe to work on collaborative projects.


Scholars in the Global South: Scholactivists or Interlopers? International Research Collaborative 39, Law and Society Association, USA.

South Asian Legal Systems, International Research Collaborative 11, Law and Society Association, USA

The Making of Minorities in South Asia, American Society for Legal History