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TAM Ka-chai published three books on Chinese legal history, namely, Justice in Print: Discovering Prefectural Judges and their Judicial Consistency in late Ming Casebooks (Brill, 2020), Ming Zhongwanqi de falü shiliao yu shehui wenti 明中晚期的法律史料與社會問題 (Wanjuanlou 萬卷樓, 2020) and The Spread and Restrictions of Catholicism under the Judicial Perspective in Ming and Qing China 天道廷審—明清司法視野下天主教的傳播與限制 (co-authored in Chinese, HK CityU Press, 2021) in recent years. Before reading his D.Phil. in Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford, he had studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and received his B.A. (Hons) History (1st) and M.Phil. After teaching and researching in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and CUHK, he has been serving in the Department of History, the Hong Kong Baptist University, and now as an Associate Professor. Alongside legal history, his areas of interest include maritime and transportation history of East Asia from 14th to 21st centuries, and the development of Historical Geographical Information System (GIS).


Research Interests

  • History of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1645)
  • Chinese Legal History
  • Economic Development and Social Order of Ming-Qing China
  • Maritime and Transportation History
  • Historical Geographic Information System (GIS)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

MPhil, Ming Taizu dui xingfa qingzhong de taidu yu Hongwu lüfa dui jiceng shehui de musu明太祖對刑罰輕重的態度及洪武律法對基層社會的模塑, Chinese University of Hong Kong

PhD, Justice in Print: Prefectural Judges of Late Ming China in the light of Mengshui zhai cundu and Zheyu xinyu, University of Oxford


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