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 in the Legislative Council elections. Nathan was elected with 50,818 votes in the Hong Kong Island constituency and became the youngest Legislative Councilor in history. However, despite receiving international criticism, his seat was overturned in July 2017 following Beijing’s constitutional reinterpretation.
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 were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by members of US Congress and British Parliament.
Due to the risk imposed by the draconian National Security Law, Nathan left Hong Kong and continues to speak up for the people of Hong Kong on the international level. In 2020, he was listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME.