Ms. Becky Po Yee LEUNG 梁寶怡女士

Research Student

Working toward a PhD in Laws, expected 2020

Becky Leung is a PhD candidate at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law. Before enrolling in the PhD programme, she completed a Master of Arts in Psychology (Dean’s List) and a Bachelor of Laws also at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her major research interest is to explore criminal adjudicative process and criminal sentencing with an strong emphasis on empirical work in Hong Kong. She is particularly interested in exploring and inquiring about the challenges and experiences of defendants with mental disorders. Her research interests primarily focus on criminal justice, socio-legal studies and criminology.


The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts: Disadvantages of Defendants with Mental Disorders in the Criminal Adjudicative Process of Hong Kong, co-supervised by Professors Kevin CHENG and Christopher ROBERTS.


Becky is interested in studying the criminal justice system in Hong Kong, with a heavy emphasis on both qualitative and quantitative analysis. With her thesis, she hopes to investigate how and why defendants with mental disorders are receiving successive disadvantaged outcomes throughout the entire criminal adjudicative process. While sentencing is an integral part of the criminal justice system, the extant literature had a strong emphasis on statistical analysis of archival data and mostly explained sentence disparities by studying sentence outcomes alone. The aim of this research is to expand the scope of current literature by identifying any particular groups of defendants who receive multiple disadvantaged outcomes throughout the criminal process, and to explain such phenomenon using a mixed method approach combining courtroom observations and semi-structured interviews.

  • Cheng, K. K. Y., & Leung, B. P. Y. (2018). Passing the threshold of one justice system to the next: Challenges of emerging young adults in Hong Kong’s adult criminal justice process. International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology, 62(9), 2650-2668.
  • Cheng, K.K.Y., & Leung, B.P.Y. (2018, forthcoming). The punitive nature of pre-trial detention: Perspectives of detainees in Hong Kong. The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice.
  • Li Po Chun Charitable Trust Fund Postgraduate Scholarship, 2017.
  • Advanced Qualitative and Legal Methods in Criminology, Utrecht University, July 2017.
  • Master of Arts in Psychology (Dean’s List), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2016.
  • Bachelor of Laws, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 2015.