From 1989 to 1998, he was the principal China researcher and Director of the Hong Kong office of Human Rights Watch, during which he witnessed first-hand the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 and their suppression by the government. From 1999 to 2001, he was the Sir Joseph Hotung Senior Research Fellow at the Law Department and Centre of Chinese Studies, University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. He also worked for Amnesty International.
Munro is currently the Research Director of the China Labour Bulletin, a Hong Kong based organization which promotes labor rights in China. He has written on the psychiatric abuse of the Falun Gong sect and other groups in China. In 2008 he testified before the United States Congress on the impact of the 2008 Olympic Games on human rights and the rule of law in China
- China’s Psychiatric Inquisition: Dissent, Psychiatry and the Law in Post-1949 China, (London: Wildy Simmonds and Hill, 2006)
- Dangerous Minds: Political Psychiatry in China Today and its Origins in the Mao Era (New York: Human Rights Watch and Geneva Initiative on Psychiatry, 2002)
- (with Jeff Rigsby) Death By Default: A Policy of Fatal Neglect in China’s State Orphanages (New York: Human Rights Watch, 1996)
- Detained in China and Tibet: a directory of political and religious prisoners (New York: Human Rights Watch, 1994) ISBN 1-56432-105-3, ISBN 978-1-56432-105-3
- (with George Black) Black Hands of Beijing: Lives of Defiance in China’s Democracy Movement (New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1993)
- (with Tang Baiqiao) Anthems of Defeat: Crackdown in Hunan Province, 1989-92 (New York: Human Rights Watch, 1992)
- Punishment season: human rights in China after martial law (New York: Human Rights Watch, 1990) ISBN 0-929692-51-9, ISBN 978-0-929692-51-7
- Syncretic sects and secret societies: revival in the 1980s (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1989)
- New book: "China's Psychiatric Inquisition", Donald C. Clarke, Professor of Law, George Washington University
- Munro, Robin (2002). "On the Psychiatric Abuse of Falun Gong and Other Dissenters in China: A Reply to Stone, Hickling, Kleinman,and Lee". The Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 30 (2): 266–274. PMID 12108564.
- "Robin Munro's Interview". The Public Broadcasting Service. 2005.
- "Contortions of Psychiatry in China". The New York Times. 25 March 2001. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
- Interview with Robin Munro, Research Director of the China Labor Bulletin, World Movement for Democracy
- The Impact of the 2008 Olympic Games on Human Rights and the Rule of Law in China, Congressional-Executive Commission on China, 2008-2-27