Calvin Ho

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Dr Calvin Ho is Associate Professor with the Monash Law School, a Research Fellow of the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law (CMEL) at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), a Fellow of PHG Foundation at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health UK. He co-chairs the Expert Group of the World Health Organization (WHO) on the Ethics of Social Listening and Infodemic Management, and is an Ethics Board member of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders). 

Prior to his current appointment, Calvin was Associate Professor with HKU Faculty of Law, and Co-Director of CMEL, which is jointly run by the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Medicine at HKU. Before this, he was Assistant Professor with the Centre for Biomedical Ethics of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore, and also Co-Head of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre on Bioethics in Singapore. Calvin has practiced law in London and Singapore with Messrs Linklaters Allen & Gledhill, and served as an Assistant Director of the Legal Aid Bureau (Ministry of Law) in Singapore.

Calvin’s research is on global health law and ethics, law and ethics in the context of emerging health technologies (with focus on Artificial Intelligence and data analytics), and on medical law and ethics. He is an editorial board member of Medical Law Review, Medical Law International and Asian Bioethics Review (formerly Editor-in-Chief). Calvin has served as an expert consultant to WHO and Health Action International, and as an expert witness of the Medical Protection Society. He is the author of Juridification in Bioethics (Imperial College Press, 2016), an author of the WHO Guidelines on Ethical Issues in Public Health Surveillance (World Health Organization, 2017), and an editor of the monographs Genetic Privacy (Imperial College Press, 2013) and Bioethics in Singapore (World Scientific, 2010).

Calvin’s current research projects includes:

  • Regulation and governance of medical devices, with focus on Artificial Intelligence and digital health technologies, in respect of which he leads a research project funded by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong and the WYNG Foundation, and is also involved in research projects funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Swiss National Research Foundation;
  • One Digital Health, or the digitalisation of One Health initiatives in response to public / global health threats like antimicrobial resistance, funded in part by the British Academy; and
  • Legal and ethical aspects of public health responses to an infodemic, with initial funding from the WHO.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Professional Certificate in Legal Tech in the Digital Era (PCLT), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Award Date: 22 Dec 2023

Law, Doctorate in Juridical Science (JSD), Cornell University

Award Date: 28 Jan 2013

Financial Economics, MSc, SOAS University of London

Award Date: 1 Aug 2009

Economic Sociology, BSc, London School of Economics and Political Science

Award Date: 1 Aug 2008

Law, LLM, Cornell University

Award Date: 1 Aug 2004

Solicitor, Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

Award Date: 2 Apr 2002

Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore

Award Date: 31 May 1999

Law, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Aug 1998

External positions

Fellow, PHG Foundation, University of Cambridge

Dec 2023 → …

Research Fellow, Centre for Medical Ethics & Law, University of Hong Kong

Dec 2023 → …

Co-Chair, Expert Group on Ethical Considerations of Social Listening and Infodemic Management, WHO - World Health Organization (Headquarters)

Jan 2023 → …

Member, Ethics Advisory Committee, Hong Kong Genome Institute

2021 → …

Fellow, Royal Society for Public Health

2021 → …

Member, COVID-19 Ethics & Governance Working Group, WHO - World Health Organization (Headquarters)

2020 → …

Member, GA4GH Regulatory & Ethics Work Stream, Global Alliance for Genomics and Health

2016 → …

Member, Ethics Review Board, Médecins sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) (Australia)

2015 → …

Research area keywords

  • Emerging technologies
  • Digital Health
  • Global health
  • Research ethics
  • health law
  • bioethics
  • Public health ethics
  • Genomics

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