Criminal law teaching and practice are increasingly divergent in their scope. Is it possible for criminal law educators to achieve a closer synchronicity in their teaching with the present demands of criminal practice, in order to better meet the needs of prospective graduates and the legal profession? In designing and redesigning their teaching practices, criminal law lecturers usually consider the findings of the extant pedagogical literature, the resource constraints of their institutions and the feedback of colleagues and students. However, the voices of legal practitioners are often absent from this conversation. Where literature from Hong Kong and the UK has occasionally discussed practitioners’ preferences over legal pedagogy, the assumption has been that solicitors and barristers would prefer traditional teaching methods to remain in place. Yet few, if any, scholars or regulators have attempted to systematically survey practitioners over their pedagogical preferences. This paper presents the results of such a survey conducted in Hong Kong, focusing on practitioners’ views of ‘active learning’ and ‘discovery-based’ pedagogical methods.
About the Speaker:
Prof. Daniel Pascoe, Associate Professor, School of Law, City University of Hong Kong
Born in Canberra, Australia, Daniel studied law and Asian studies at the Australian National University before working for short periods at the NSW-ACT Aboriginal Legal Service and the ACT Government Solicitor. In 2008 Daniel moved to the United Kingdom where he was Keith Murray Graduate Scholar at Lincoln College, Oxford, reading for an MPhil and a DPhil. Daniel joined City University of Hong Kong in January 2014 as an Assistant Professor, being promoted to Associate Professor in July 2020. Daniel’s research focuses on criminal law and punishment in comparative perspective, also extending to Southeast Asian law, Islamic Law, transitional justice and legal pedagogy. His monograph, Last Chance for Life: Clemency in Southeast Asian Death Penalty Cases, was published by Oxford University Press in 2019.