Eva Pils is Reader in Transnational Law at King's College London Dickson Poon School of Law, where she teaches human rights, law and society in China, and public law. She studied law, philosophy and sinology in Heidelberg, London and Beijing. She qualified as a lawyer in Germany and holds a PhD in law from University College London.
Her scholarship focuses on human rights, authoritarianism, and law in China with publications addressing the role and situation of Chinese human rights defenders, criminal justice, land and housing rights, access to justice, and legal and political resistance. She has written on these topics in both academic publications and the popular press. Her book China's human rights lawyers: advocacy and resistance was published in December 2014.
Before joining King's, Eva was an associate professor at The Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, where she co-founded CUHK's Centre for Rights and Justice. She is a Non-resident Senior Research Fellow at the US-Asia Law Institute of NYU Law School; an external member of the CUHK Centre for Social Innovation Studies; and an affiliated faculty member of the Lau China Institute , the Transnational Law Institute and the Yeoh Tiong Lay Centre for Politics, Philosophy & Law at King's.