Jean-Pierre Cabestan is Director of Research at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Associate Researcher at Asia Centre (Paris) and at the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (Hong Kong). He has also been Professor and Head of the Department of Government and International Studies at Hong Kong Baptist University since 2007. From 2003 to 2007, he was Senior Researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (Centre national de la recherche scientifique), attached to Institute of Comparative Law of the University of Paris 1.