Senior Programme Director

Dr. NG, Simon T.M. (Assistant Professor) 吳達明博士 (助理教授)



Simon holds LLB (Hons), M.Phil. in government and public administration and Ph.D. in laws. He is recipient of the Chinese University of Hong Kong Young Scholars Thesis Award 2017 for his outstanding doctoral thesis on the jurisprudential analysis of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal’s decisions in the Ng Ka Ling series of cases (right of abode) in the historical, political and social context, based on Ronald Dworkin’s rights thesis and moral reading of the constitution.  His academic interests include legal theories, constitutional jurisprudence, law and society, cultural studies of law, citizenship, disability equality and inclusive education, as well as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  He has written and lectured in these areas and details of his publications, academic activities and services can be accessed by visiting his page in the HKU Scholars Hub ( and personal blog “Law, Politics and Humanities”. (

Simon serves on the Steering Committee of the Rule of Law Education Project (ROLE) of the HKU Law Faculty and is a member of HKU Centre for Advancement in Inclusive and Special Education (CAISE).   He is co-investigator of a Law Faculty research project on the rule of law and legal culture funded by the RGC General Research Fund (2013-2016/ Project code: HKU 749513H) and was previously involved in the Indicators of Social Development Hong Kong (2001 and 2006), a long-term collaborative project undertaken by three universities in Hong Kong funded by the RGC.  He also holds a development grant funded by the University of London Undergraduate Laws programme in 2018 for a project on accommodating blind students to pursue the prestigious LL.B. degree externally via HKU SPACE.

Simon is active in promoting disability rights and equality.  He has been working with a group of global experts, researching on and advocating disability equality and inclusion.  He works closely with the Harvard Law School Project on Disability in the capacity-building training for local disability communities in China and Taiwan; and also and colleagues in the University of Leeds Centre for Disability Studies on other fronts.  He also serves on the Advisory Group of the International Therapeutic Jurisprudence in the Mainstream Project. (  At SPACE, he has initiated and organized the Workshop on Disability Rights and Equality.