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Hoi Kong

Associate Professor
Associate Dean, Academic

3644 Peel Street
Room 425
Montreal, Quebec

514‐398‐6603 [Office]
514‐398‐3235 [Fax]
hoi [dot] kong [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Hoi Kong 

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Hoi Kong teaches and researches in the areas of Constitutional Law, Comparative Law, Administrative Law, and Municipal Law.

From 2002 to 2003, he was law clerk to Justices Marie Deschamps and Claire L’Heureux‐Dubé at the Supreme Court of Canada. From 2003 to 2006, he was an Associate‐in‐Law at Columbia University, and from 2006 to 2009, he was an Assistant Professor of Law, cross‐appointed with the School of Urban and Regional Planning, at Queen’s University.

He is a recipient of the Queen’s University Law Students Society Teaching Excellence Award (2008).

Hoi Kong joined the Faculty of Law of McGill University in August 2009 and he is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. 

In May 2013, during Convocation ceremonies for the Faculty of Law of McGill University, Professor Kong was awarded the John Durnford Award for Teaching Excellence by the Law Student Association.


J.S.D., Columbia University, 2010
LL.M., Columbia University, 2006
B.C.L./LL.B., McGill University, 2002
M.A., McGill University, 1998
B.A., McGill University, 1995


Associate Dean, Academic, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2014-

Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2013-

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University, 2009-2013

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, cross-appointed with the School of Urban and Regional Planning, Queen’s University, 2006‐2009

Associate in Law, Columbia University, 2003‐2006

Law Clerk to the Honourable Claire L’Heureux Dubé and the Honourable Marie Deschamps, Supreme Court of Canada, 2002‐2003

Areas of Interest

Public Law Theory, Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Municipal Law, Land Use Planning Law.



  • “Republicanism and the Division of Powers in Canada” (forthcoming) University of Toronto Law Journal.
  • “The Disaggregated State in Transnational Environmental Regulation” Missouri Law Review (forthcoming) Special Issue on Transnational Administrative Law.
  • “The Federalism Implications of the Assisted Human Reproduction Act Reference” in Milne, Lee and Lemmens (eds.), The Regulation of Assisted Human Reproduction: Legal, Ethical, and Social Implications of the Canadian Supreme Court Reference (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, forthcoming and under review).

Publications in peer reviewed journals

Other publications

  • “Sustainability and Land Use Regulation in Canada: An Instrument Choice Perspective” (2012) 13 Vermont Journal of Environmental Law (553-673).
  • “New Governance Theory and the Spending Power in Canada” in Courchene, Allan, Adam & Kong (eds.), Open Federalism and the Spending Power (McGill-Queen’s Press, 2012) 193-243.
  • Co-editor, Open Federalism and the Spending Power (McGill-Queen’s Press, 2012) 340 pages.
  • with Roderick A. Macdonald, “Judicial Independence as a Constitutional Virtue” in Sajo and Rosenfeld (eds.), Oxford Handbook on Comparative Public Law (Oxford University Press, 2012) 831-858.
  • “Beyond Functionalism, Formalism and Minimalism: Deliberative Democracy and Decision Rules in the Federalism Cases of the 2010-2011 Term” (2011) 55 Supreme Court Law Review 355-401.