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.
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.