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Prof. Roman David  
Mgr. (Palacky), PhD (Masaryk), Post-Doc (Wits), Post-Doc (Yale)
  Office: WYL209, Dorothy Y L Wong Building
Department of Sociology and Social Policy
Lingnan University, 8 Castle Peak Rd., Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
  TEL: 852) 2616 7126
  FAX: (852) 2456 0737

My research is largely interdisciplinary, spanning political sociology, political psychology, and law & society. I am a specialist in the area of transitional (historical) justice but I also study collective memory, democratization, corruption, forgiveness and revenge. I am the author of Lustration and Transitional Justice (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011), which conceptualizes exclusive, inclusive and reconciliatory personnel systems and which received the Concept Analysis Award by the International Political Science Association in 2012. I have recently published a monograph entitled Communists and Their Victims (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), which uses surveys, survey experiments and qualitative methods to examine the impact of justice on victims, perpetrators and society; and which results in the transformative theory of justice. I have completed a co-authored monograph (with Ian Holliday) entitled Liberalism and Democracy in Myanmar (Oxford University Press, 2018) and proposed the concept of limited liberalism to explain various puzzles of political culture in democratizing countries. My major articles appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Political Psychology, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and other indexed journals. I am a recipient of grants from the British Academy, United States Institute of Peace, the South African National Research Foundation, and GRF Hong Kong. Previously, I held positions at various universities, including Newcastle (reader), Yale (post-doc), CityU (research), BaptistU (visiting), Wits (post-doc), Oxford (visiting), Harvard (visiting) and Masaryk (lecturer). I have served as the Head of Department (2017-) and the Associate Dean (Research and PGS) (2015-17).  My personal website is here.


Publications | Top

Books | Top

Roman David & Ian Holliday, Liberalism and Democracy in Myanmar, Oxford University Press, 2018 (UK), 2019 (US).

Reviews of the book: Asia Dialogue, Asian Journal of Law & Society (forthcoming) 

Roman David, Communists and Their Victims: The Quest for Justice in the Czech Republic, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018.

Reviews of the book: American Journal of Sociology (forthcoming), Human Rights Quarterly, Humanity and Society, Foreign Affairs, The Times Literary Supplement

Roman David, Lustration and Transitional Justice: Personnel Systems in the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.

Reviews of the book: Slavic Review, Choice, Comparative European Politics, International Journal of Transitional Justice, Social & Legal Studies, Perspectives on Politics, Czech Sociological Review, Harvard Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy.

Awarded the tri-annual Concept Analysis Award by Research Committee 01 on Concepts and Methods of the International Political Science Association in 2012.

Roman David, Politologie: Zaklady spolecenskych ved. Olomouc: Nakladatelstvi Olomouc, 6th edition, 2007
R. David, Ustava CR a Listina zakladnich prav a svobod, Olomouc: Nakladatelstvi Olomouc, 4th rev. ed. 2005.

R. David, Umluva o pravech ditete: uvod do problematiky, Olomouc: Nakladatelstvi Olomouc, 1999.


Journal Articles | Top

Roman David, “What we know about transitional justice: Survey and experimental evidence.”, Political Psychology: Advances in Political Psychology Vol. 38, Suppl. 1, 151-177.

Roman David, The past or the politics of the present? Dealing with the Japanese occupation of South Korea, Contemporary Politics, 2016, 22 (1), 57 - 76.

Roman David, "Transitional Justice and Changing Memories of the Past in Central Europe", Government & Opposition, 2015, 50(1), 24-44.

Roman David, “International Criminal Tribunals and the Perception of Justice: The Effect of the ICTY in Croatia”, International Journal of Transitional Justice, 2014, 8(3), 476-495.

R. David & H. Mzioudet, “Personnel Change or Personal Change? The Political Isolation Law and Its Alternatives in Libya.” Brookings-Doha-Stanford Paper No. 4 (March 2014) (Published in English and Arabic as إعادة النظر في قانون العزل السياسي في ليبيا:تغييرٌ في الوجوه أم تغييرٌ في السلوك؟) (available online).

Choi, S.Y.P., Cheung, A.K.L., Cheung, Y.W., David, R., "Bring the Subjective Back: Resources and husband-to-wife physical assault among Chinese Couples in Hong Kong."  Violence Against Women (VAW), 2014, 20, 1428-1446.

Susanne Y.P. Choi, Roman David, "Lustration Systems and Trust: Evidence from Survey Experiments in the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland." American Journal of Sociology, 2012, 117(4), 1172-1201.

Roman David, "Twenty Years of Transitional Justice in the Czech Lands." Europe-Asia Studies, 2012, 64(4), 761-784.

Roman David, Ian Holliday, "International Sanctions or International Justice? Shaping the Future in Myanmar." Australian Journal of International Affairs, 2012, 66(2), 121-138.

Roman David, "Transitions to Clean Government: Amnesty as an Anticorruption Measure." Australian Journal of Political Science, 2010, 45(3), 391-406.

Roman David, Susanne Y.P. Choi. "Getting Even, or Getting Equal? Retributive Desires and Transitional Justice." Political Psychology, 2009, 30(2), 161-192.

Roman David, Susanne Y.P. Choi, "Forgiveness and transitional justice in the Czech Republic." Journal of Conflict Resolution, 2006, 50(3), 339-367.

Roman David, "From Prague to Baghdad: Lustration systems and their political effects." Government and Opposition, 2006, 41(3), 347-372.

Roman David, Ian Holliday, "Set the Junta free: Pre-transitional justice in Myanmar's democratization." Australian Journal of Political Science, 2006, 41(1), 91-105.

Roman David, "In exchange for truth: The Polish lustration & the South African amnesty process." Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies, 2006, 32(1), 81-99.

Roman David; Susanne Y.P. Choi, "Victims on transitional justice: lessons from the reparation of human rights abuses in the Czech Republic." Human Rights Quarterly, 2005, 27(2), 392-435.

Roman David, "Transitional injustice? Criteria for conformity of lustration to the right to political expression." Europe-Asia Studies, 2004, 56(6), 789-812.

Roman David, "Lustration laws in action: The motives and evaluation of lustration policy in the Czech Republic and Poland (1989-2001)." Law and Social Inquiry, 2003, 28(2), 387-439.


Book Chapters | Top

R. David and C.M. Horne, "Lustration and Personnel Reform". In R. Cryer and H. Yusuf eds (submitted)

R. David, "Transitional Justice". In William Outhwaite and Stephen P. Turner eds. The Sage Handbook of Political Sociology, London: Sage, 2018, pp. 893-908.

R. David, “Ukrainian Lustration and Democracy Capable of Defending Itself.” In Lavinia Stan and Cynthia Horne eds., Transitional Justice in the Former Soviet Union. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018, pp.135-154.

R. David, “Lustration and Transitional Justice”. In George Ritzer et al. eds., Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, 2nd edition, 2017.

R. David, “Transitional Justice Effects in the Czech Republic.” In: Stan, L; and Nedelsky, N, eds. "Post-Communist Transitional Justice: Lessons from 25 Years of Experience", New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015, pp. 97-121.

Choi SYP; David R. "Law Enforcement, Public Health, and HIV/AIDS in China. In: Harris PG; Siplon PD, ed. The Global Politics of AIDS. London: Lynne Rienner, 2007.

David R. "Rehabilitation of Political Prisoners." In: Stan, L; Nedelsky, N, ed. The Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

David R. "The Czech Republic." In: Stan, L; Nedelsky, N, ed. The Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice. Cambridge University Press, 2013. P

David R." Retribution." In: Stan, L; Nedelsky, N, ed. The Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice. Cambridge University Press, 2013.


Research Grants | Top

GRF Research Grant, R. David (PI), J. Park (Co-I), V. Yeung (Co-I), Historical Justice and Reconciliation in Korea.

GRF Research Grant, Transitional Justice and Reconciliation in Myanmar (2014-2015) (PI; with Professor Ian Holliday as co-I).

ORS Research Grant, Transitional Justice and Memory in South Korea (2013-15) (PI).

ORS Research Grant, Transitional Justice in the Czech Republic (2015) (PI)


Research Impact | Top

Lustration in Ukraine, USAID’s FAIR Justice (2014-16).

R. David, “Who Wants What in Lustration: Analyses of the Public Views of Lustration Process in Ukraine.” Kyiv: USAID’s Fair Justice Project, 2016.

R. David, “The Prospects for Judicial Reform: Analyses of the Survey of Judges in Ukraine.” Kyiv: USAID’s Fair Justice Project, 2016.

R. David, “Lustration and Democracy Capable of Defending Itself,” Kyiv: USAID’s FAIR Justice Project, 2015.

R. David, “Lustration Model for Ukraine,” Kyiv: USAID’s FAIR Justice Project, 2014.


Conference Presentations (while at Lingnan) | Top

Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, “Apologies for historical injustices and psychological responses to them”, 2019

City University of Hong Kong, seminar on liberalism in East Asia, May 2019.

Book talks on Communists and Their Victims (Harvard, UCL, Glasgow, Newcastle, Prague), 2018-2019.

Book talks on Liberalism and Democracy in Myanmar (The University of Hong Kong, Asia Society, Southampton, Yangon Literary Festival), 2018-2019.

Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, June 7 - 10, 2018, ‘Legal Seeds of Intolerance: The Treatment of the Rohingya Minority in Myanmar’, 2018

BASEES Annual Conference, Cambridge University, 13-15 April 2018.  

Attitudes to Transitional Justice, Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa, February 1-2, 2018.

University of Hong Kong, Sociological Forum, Do Apologies by Perpetrators to Victims Matter? Dealing with Japan’s Occupation in Korea, November 2017.

The 3rd ISA Forum of Sociology, “The Future of the Past in Myanmar,” Vienna, 10-14 July, 2016.

Oxford University, St Antony’s College, “Lustration Systems and Their Symbolic Meanings”, International Conference “Dealing with a Difficult Past”, 31 May – 1 June, 2016.

Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, “Forgiveness and Transitional Justice in East Asia”, 19-23 August, 2016.

ASSSEES, “Lustration in Ukraine and Democracy Capable of Defending Itself.”, Washington, DC, November 2016.

Harvard University, “Limited Liberalism and Transitional Justice in Myanmar,” Carr Center, 5 Nov. 2015.

Yale University, “Limited Liberalism and Transitional Justice in Myanmar,” OCV Seminar, 30 Oct 2015.

Institute of National Remembrance, “Reappraisal of Communist Dictatorship. 25 Years of European Experience: Achievements and Failures”, Warsaw, Poland, June 15-16, 2015 (by invitation).

Law & Society Association Annual Meeting, “Transitional Justice in Myanmar’s Democratization”, Seattle, WA, May 27-31, 2015.

Human Rights in Korea Workshop, Department of Sociology, Harvard University, May 26, 2015 (by invitation).

USAID’s FAIR Justice and Open Dialogue Roundtable, “Lustration and democracy capable of defending itself”, Kyiv, Ukraine, February 12, 2015 (by invitation).

City University of Hong Kong, “Good Neighbours: Perceptions about Ethnic and Religious Minorities in Myanmar”, Hong Kong, February 9, 2015.

Hong Kong Sociological Association, “Good Neighbours: Perceptions about Ethnic and Religious Minorities in Myanmar”, Hong Kong Institute of Education, December 5-6, 2014.

Lingnan University, Workshop on War and Reconciliation, Paper “Apology and Collective Memory of Japan’s Occupation in Korea”, October 10, 2014.

Association for Assistance of Political Prisoners, Burma/Myanmar “Rehabilitation of Political Prisoners in the Czech Republic”, Yangon, Myanmar, 29 September 2014.

USAID's FAIR Justice & Open Dialog Roundtable, Lustration: International Experience and Ukrainian Perspectives, Kyiv (via video-link) 11 September 2014.

Yangon University, “Peoples and Their Constitutions”, 27 June 2014.

XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, 13-19 July 2014.

University of Edinburgh, conference “25 Years of Revolutions”, organized by CASAW, 8-9 January 2014.

Stiftung niedersächsischer Gedenkstätten, University of Hanover, and University of Oldenburg, Conference “Massengewalt und Menschenrechte”, Hanover, Germany, 9-10 December 2013 (by invitation).

Brookings Doha Center, Qatar. Workshop on Reconciliation: Lessons for Arab Spring Countries, 19-20 June (by invitation).

Law & Society Association Annual Meeting, Boston; Paper “Do International Criminal Tribunals Deliver a Shared Perception of Justice?”, 30 May – 2 June 2013.

14th International WSV Symposium on Victimology, Paper: Victims’ Reparation Programs, The Hague, 20-24 May 2012

5th CRCEES Annual Conference, Paper “Transitional Justice and Collective Memory”, Glasgow University, May 2012.


Book Reviews | Top

R. David, “Bogusia Puchalska, Constitutionalism in Eastern Europe: The Case of Poland”, Slavic Review (2013).

R. David, “Jon Elster, Closing the Books: Transitional Justice in Historical Perspective”, Perspectives on Politics 4(1): 207-09 (2006).

R. David, “Maria Los & Andrzej Zybertowicz, Privatizing the Police-State: The Case of Poland,” Democratization, 10(3) (2003), 207-209.

R. David, “E. Christodoulis & S. Veitch, Lethe’s Law: Justice, Law and Ethics in Reconciliation,” South African Law Journal Vol. 119 (2002), 460-63.


Ad Hoc Reviewer | Top


American Journal of Political Science, American Journal of Sociology, Asian Journal of Political Science, Asian Women, Canadian Slavonic Papers, Comparative Political Studies, Czech Sociological Review, East European Politics and Societies, Ethics & International Affairs, Europe-Asia Studies, Global Society, Human Rights Quarterly, International Journal of Transitional Justice, Journal of Historical Sociology, Journal of Human Rights, Journal of Peace Research, Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, Politics, Slavic Review, State Crimes Journa & Quadermos De Economia.

Research Councils:

Economic & Social Research Council, UK (ESRC), European Research Council (ERC), Research Grant Council (Hong Kong)

Book Manuscripts:

Cambridge University Press, Intersentia, Concept Analysis in Political Science Award Jury Member (IPSA).


 Teaching Subjects | Top

Academic Year:  2021- 2022:
1st Term:
Sociological Research Methods
Postgraduate Seminar
  SSC3319 Junior Research Project
2nd Term:
Introduction to Sociology
CLE9033 Truth and Justice
SSC3319 Junior Research Project
Chief Supervisor: Mr. AGBADI Pascal (PhD Student)
Co-supervisor: Mr. ABREFA BUSIA Kwaku & Mr. CHANDA Patrick (PhD Students)




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