Prof. Michael LOWER
Associate Professor
Tel (852) 3943 1112
Fax (852) 2994 2505

Room 636,
Faculty of Law,
6/F, Lee Shau Kee Building,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Sha Tin, NT, Hong Kong SAR

Michael Lower is Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning). Michael Lower's main interests are in the fields of land law, legal education, corporate governance and social ethics. He currently teaches land law and is carrying out research projects looking at the ownership of the family home and at the creation of communities of inquiry in legal education. He has also conducted research looking at employee participation in corporate governance from the legal and social ethics perspectives. Michael was formerly Assistant Dean (Undergraduate Studies) and the LLB programme director in the Faculty of Law at CUHK. He has extensive teaching and research supervision experience. He is interested in blended learning approaches to legal education.

Education and Professional Qualifications

  • LL.B. (Hons) University of Manchester
  • M. Phil. University of Manchester
  • Solicitor (non-practising) of England and Wales
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (United Kingdom)

Research Interests

  • Ownership of the family home
  • Communities of inquiry and blended learning
  • Catholic Social Thought

Representative Publications


  • Employee participation in corporate governance. A legal and ethical analysis, (Cambridge University Press, 2010)
  • Principles of Equity and Trusts Law in Hong Kong, with Lawrence Ma (LexisNexis, 2009)

Articles and chapters

  • ‘Marriage and the acquisition of a beneficial interest in the family home in Hong Kong’, [2016] Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 453 - 465
  • ‘The Pallant v Morgan equity’ [2012] Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 379 - 386
  • ‘The constructive trust: from common intention to relationship? Kerr v Baranow’ [2011] Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 515 - 521
  • Bruton v London & Quadrant Housing Trust. Opening Pandora’s Box’, (2011) 22 King’s Law Journal 403 - 413
  • Landlord and Tenant’ in Chitty on Contracts: Hong Kong Specific Contracts (Hong Kong & London Sweet & Maxwell, 2010)
  • “Using podcasts to support students in a land law class”, (with Keith Thomas and Annisa Ho) Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on e-learning
  • “The Bruton tenancy”, (2010) 1 Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 38 - 56.
  • "Christian anthropology and the theory of the firm", (2008) 5 Journal of Catholic Social Thought 413 - 435
  • "John Paul II and Employee Participation in Corporate Governance", (2007) 21 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy 111 – 158
  • "Subsidiarity and employee participation in Corporate Governance", (2005) 2 Journal of Catholic Social Thought 431 - 461
  • "57 Channels and Nothing On", (2003) 12 Information & Communication Technology Law 147 - 162
  • "The Modernising Company Law White Paper and SMEs", Sweet & Maxwell Special Report (2003)
  • "The Regulation of Intra-Group Transactions" in The Reform of United Kingdom Company Law, J. de Lacy (ed), (Cavendish Publishing, London, 2002)
  • "Limited liability for small, closely-held businesses", (2000) 22 Liverpool Law Review 1 - 12
  • "Good faith and the partly-owned subsidiary", [2000] Journal of Business Law 232 - 253.
  • "Joint Ventures" in Regulating Enterprise: Law and Business Organisations in the UK, D. Milman (ed). (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 1999)



  • ‘Student control of the means of knowledge production’, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Teaching and Learning Expo, 16th December 2016
  • ‘Learning in collaborative groups’, Teaching and Learning seminar, Faculty of Law, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, 28th October 2016
  • 'Blended learning: Using Blackboard to create a Community of Inquiry', School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 13th June 2016
  • 'Blended learning: Using Blackboard to create a Community of Inquiry', Directions in Legal Education. Conference on Teaching and Learning in Law. Faculty of Law, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, 4th June 2016
  • 'Ownership of the family home', Land Law Conversation, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong, 29th April 2016 (organised by the Asian Institute of International Financial Law)
  • 'The rights and duties of property owners under the BMO and DMC', Building Safety Symposium, 22nd April 2016 (organised by the Buildings Department)
  • 'Ownership of the family home', Research Seminar, Faculty of Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 20th March 2016
  • 'Using Blackboard to create a Community of Inquiry', The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Teaching and Learning Expo, 16th December 2015


Book Reviews

  • "National corporate law in a globalised market" by David Milman (2010) 2 Web Journal of Current Legal Issues
  • "Working within two kinds of capitalism. Corporate governance and employee stakeholding. US and EC perspectives", by Irene Lynch Fannon, (2003) 3 Journal of Corporate Law Studies 435 - 438

Working Papers

Blog and SCMP articles