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Professor Eva  Pils

Professor Eva Pils

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Professor of Law

Research subject areas

  • Law
  • Human Rights
  • Policy and society

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Eva Pils  is Professor of Law at The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s College London. She studied law, philosophy and sinology in Heidelberg, London and Beijing and holds a PhD in law from University College London. Her scholarship focuses on human rights, authoritarianism, and law in China. Before joining King’s in 2014, Eva was an associate professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. At King’s, she is affiliated with the Lau China Institute, the Transnational Law Institute and the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy and Law. She is an affiliated scholar at the US-Asia Law Institute of New York University Law School and a legal action committee member of the Global Legal Action Network. 

Research interests

Professor Pils's scholarship focuses on human rights. Her current research addresses the challenges to human rights and the rule of law from authoritarian conceptions and practices of governance and the boundaries of legal and political resistance.  She has previously worked on human rights defence in a variety of contexts, including criminal justice, land and housing rights, freedom of expression and association, and wider issues of access to justice, with a focus on China. She has written on these topics in both academic publications and the popular press. Eva is author of China's human rights lawyers: advocacy and resistance (Routledge, 2014) and of Human rights in China: a social practice in the shadows of authoritarianism (Polity, 2018).

Selected publications

  • Human rights in China: a social practice in the shadows of authoritarianism, Polity, Cambridge, October 2018.
  • Human Rights Lawyers: Advocacy and Resistance, Routledge, Abingdon, December 2014.


Human rights: international and transnational perspectives; Law and Society in China; Public Law