Nathan Law

Nathan Law is a young Hong Kong activist, currently in exile and based in London. During the Umbrella Movement in 2014, Nathan was one of the five representatives who took part in the dialogue with the government, debating political reform. Upholding non-violent civic actions, Nathan, Joshua Wong and other student leaders founded Demosistō in 2016 and ran for the Legislative Council election. Nathan was elected with 50,818 votes in the Hong Kong Island constituency and became the youngest Legislative Councilor in history. Yet his seat was overturned in July 2017 following Beijing’s constitutional reinterpretation, despite international criticism. Nathan was later jailed for his participation in the Umbrella Movement. The persecution sparked global concern over Beijing’s crackdown on human rights and democratic movement in Hong Kong. In 2018, Nathan and his fellow student activists Joshua Wong and Alex Chow are nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by US congressmen and British parliament members. Due to the risk imposed by the draconian National Security Law, Nathan left Hong Kong and continues to speak up for Hong Kong people on the international level. In 2020, he was listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME.

Nathan can be found on Twitter at @nathanlawkc.

Additional Resources


W&J President John C. Knapp, Ph.D., interviews the afternoon keynote speaker Nathan Law, a young activist for democracy in Hong Kong, in the James David Ross Family Recreation Center during the Symposium on Democracy February 17, 2020 at Washington & Jefferson College.

The Democracy Crisis in Hong Kong:
Special Report from Nathan Law

February 17, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Nathan Law (Kwun-chung) joined us for last year’s Symposium on Democracy to share the story of the populist mass movement to protect democratic freedoms in Hong Kong. Since Mr. Law’s…

symposium on democracy 2020

Afternoon Keynote: “Students as Agents of Change: The Movement for Democracy in Hong Kong”

February 17, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm