Albert H Y Chen was born in and grew up in Hong Kong, and received his undergraduate and postgraduate education at the University of Hong Kong and Harvard University respectively. He began his academic career in 1984 at the University of Hong Kong. He served as Head of the Department of Law in 1993-96, and Dean of the Faculty of Law in 1996-2002. He is currently the Cheng Chan Lan Yue Professor in Constitutional Law in the Department of Law.
In addition to over 100 articles or chapters published in various English-language and Chinese-language journals and books, he has written several books, including: An Introduction to the Legal System of the People’s Republic of China (4th ed. 2011, in English), The Rule of Law, Enlightenment and the Spirit of Modern Law (1998; in Chinese) , The World of Jurisprudence (2003; in Chinese); The World of Jurisprudence (2014; in Chinese); and Hong Kong’s Explorations in the Rule of Law Under One Country Two Systems (2nd ed. 2014; in Chinese). He is also the editor or co-editor of the following books: Human Rights in Asia (Routledge, 2006); Administrative Law and Governance in Asia (Routledge, 2009); Legal Reforms in China and Vietnam (Routledge, 2010); Public Law in East Asia (Ashgate, 2013); and Constitutionalism in Asia in the Early Twenty-First Century (Cambridge University Press, 2014).