We are deeply saddened that our beloved colleague, Professor Julius Yam, passed away in the evening of 19 March 2024.

Julius was a stellar researcher. He joined our Faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2021. He studied constitutional law and courts from an interdisciplinary perspective. Within a short span of time, he has published numerous works, including articles in leading journals such as Modern Law Review, Law and Social Inquiry, and Economic Review of Law and Economics. His monograph on Judging for Democracy is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. In addition, he was the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Hong Kong Law Journal and a Research Associate at the Programme for the Foundations of Law and Constitutional Government, University of Oxford. He held a D.Phil. in Law from the University of Oxford, an LL.M. from the University of Chicago and an LL.B. from the University of Hong Kong. Prior to joining HKU, he held visiting positions at the University of New South Wales, the University of Melbourne, the Max Planck Fellow Group in Comparative Constitutionalism and Alexander von Humboldt Chair of Comparative Constitutionalism, University of Göttingen.

Julius is loved by students. His dedication to teaching was recently recognized by the Faculty’s Outstanding Teaching Award 2023.

Julius will always be remembered as an outstanding scholar, compassionate teacher, generous colleague, and kind friend. His talent, wit, energy, determination, righteousness, and above all, authenticity and sincerity, have had a deep impact on everyone around him.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Julius’s family and will continue to honour his contributions to our Faculty and the field of law.