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Mr Po-Han Lee

Post:Research student (Law)
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Po-Han Lee completed his LLB at National Chung-Hsing University and his LLM at Soochow University. He once took part in the Observer Delegation representing the Republic of China (Taiwan) at the World Health Assembly meetings.

He is currently undertaking his PhD study at University of Sussex. Besides research, he serves as the editor-in-chief of Plain Law Movement, as well as a columnist for 01 Philosophy, a contributor to Queerology and other new-media publics (see below).

Beyond academia, he hopes to find out an alternative path – rather than investing all energy in government and elitist discourses – to knowledge production, community collaboration, and dialogue construction. He also shares critical thoughts and study notes on his own blog: les voix.

In addition to the interest in international law and global health, he is also interested in looking at the trajectory of development of human rights and social movements, especially in non-Western societies.


Thesis Title: Health Disparities among Sexual and Gender Minorities in the Global Health Context

Project Description:

Starting with the only debate regarding LGBT health issues in the WHO, this research is looking at how the health disparities among sexual and gender minorities are perceived, understood and discussed in the global health context. Beyond an international law perspective, this project is concerned with not only how multiple discourses are intertwined in this regard – such as health, rights, sexuality and gender, but also what are implied, in normative and practical terms, by ‘human rights-based global health governance’ (HRB-GHG). Considering political and sociocultural factors, this research identifies, problematises and interrogates the demagogies of ‘lack’ concerning the question at issue both theoretically and rhetorically. That is, the lack of definition of the affected communities, the lack of evidence regarding their health inequities, the lack of consensus on the implementation of the right to health, and the lack of capacity of the WHO in addressing political controversies. In fact, what is lacked actually matters – by piercing the camouflage the ‘nothingness’. All of these have been utilised by states to justify their unwillingness and inaction on this matter despite the international commitments and related obligations with respect to the realisation of HRB-GHG.



Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK), 2018

PGDip in Social Research Methods, University of Sussex (UK), 2016

LLM in International Law, Soochow University (Taiwan), 2013, with the dissertation on The Nexus of the Right to Health and Public Health in the Context of International Human Rights Law

LLB in Financial and Economic Law, National Chung Hsing University (Taiwan), 2007


Plain Law Movement

PLM Special Issue Editor


Queer Watch


Liberty Times

SOS Reader

01 Philosophy

Other writings



Grants & Awards:

  • Sussex Fund Doctoral Overseas Conference Grants (DOC), Doctoral School, University of Sussex (2018)
  • Sussex Rights and Justice Research Centre’s Postgraduate Bursary Scheme, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex (2016 & 2018) 
  • Government Scholarship for Study Abroad (GSSA), Ministry of Education, ROC (Taiwan) (2014-2017)
  • Soochow University Model Achievement & Elite Student Award (2010)
  • Excellent Teaching Assistant Award (on the Module 'Normative Theory of Human Rights'), Northern Taiwan Teaching & Learning Resource Centre (2010)
  • Diplomacy Scholarship for International Law and International Relations Study, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ROC (Taiwan) (2009)
  • Soochow University Law School Outstanding Graduate Student Award: LL.M. Total Waiver (2007-2008)

Moot court competition (winning): Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (national championship, 2008-10; 2012-13); Hardy C. Dillard Award for the Best Memorial & Winner of the National Round (2009); Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition (national championship, 2010)

Model United Nations (awarded): NTU National Taiwan Model United Nations (Outstanding Diplomacy Award, 2008); National Chengchi University Taipei Model United Nations (Excellent Delegation Award, 2008)