Professor Stephen Hall joined the School (now Faculty) of Law as a foundation member in 2005, after serving as an Associate Professor in the School of Law at City University of Hong Kong for three years. He was foundation director of the first Juris Doctor (JD) programmes in Hong Kong, at both City University of Hong Kong and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Professor Hall is a fellow of C. W. Chu College at The Chinese University of Hong Kong where he also teaches a class on the origins of Western civilisation. Before coming to Hong Kong, he was a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales for six years where he was also Director of the European Law Centre. Professor Hall has been admitted as a barrister and solicitor in Australia, and practised law with the Australian Attorney-General’s Department for nine years mainly in the areas of administrative law and judicial review. Professor Hall’s areas of research and teaching interest are: contract law, international law, the traditions of the natural law and the common law, European and Roman legal history and European Union law. He is always happy to talk to students, over a cup of tea, about any of these topics and the connections between them.
EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
- LLB (Queensland).
- LLM (Hons) (UTS).
- DPhil (Oxford).
- Admitted as a barrister in the High Court of Australia.
- Admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
- University Education Award 2015.
- CUHK Vice-Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award 2014.
- CUHK Vice-Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award 2009.
- CUHK Research Excellence Award 2006.
- Visiting Fellow, Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, 2000.
- Visiting Professor, Tulane University Law School, Tulane University Law School Alumni Endowed Lecture Series, 1998.
- Australian Attorney-General’s Department, Postgraduate Study Award, 1993-1994.
- Commonwealth Scholar, University of Oxford, 1992-1994.
- Overseas Research Student Award, University of Oxford, 1992-1994.
- Australian Attorney-General’s Department, Permanent Secretary’s Academic Prize, 1991.
- Contract law
- International law
- Traditions of the natural law and the common law
- European and Roman legal history
- European Union law
- Stephen Hall, Pacta Sunt Servanda, the Common Law, and Hong Kong, Chapter 1 (pp 3-19) in N. Witzleb (ed), Contract Law in Changing Times: Asian Perspectives on Pacta Sunt Servanda, London, Routledge, 2023 (forthcoming).
- Stephen Hall, Contract Terms in Hong Kong: Changed Circumstances and Variation, in M. Chen-Wishart and S. Vogenauer (eds), Studies in the Contract Laws of Asia V: Changing and Ending Contracts, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2023 (forthcoming).
- Stephen Hall, Contract and Human Purpose, in D. Rooney and P. Zoll (eds), Freedom and the Good: Beyond Classical Liberalism, London, Routledge, 2023 (forthcoming).
- Stephen Hall, Foundations of Contract Law in Hong Kong, Hong Kong, LexisNexis, 8th edition, 2023 (forthcoming) (7th edition, 2021, 6th edition, 2019; 5th edition, 2017 (and Supplement, 2018); 4th edition, 2015; 3rd edition, 2011; 2nd revised edition, 2009; 2nd edition, 2008; 1st edition, 2007).
- Stephen Hall, Foundations of International Law, Hong Kong, LexisNexis Butterworths, 5th edition, 2023 (forthcoming) (4th edition, 2019; 3rd edition, 2016; 2nd edition, 2014; 1stedition, 2012).
- Stephen Hall, Natural Law, Human Rights, and Jus Cogens, Chapter 23 (pp 338-352) in T. Angier, I. T. Benson, and M. D. Retter (eds), The Cambridge Handbook of Natural Law and Human Rights, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2022.
- Stephen Hall, Principles of International Law, Sydney, LexisNexis Butterworths, 7th edition, 2022 (6th edition, 2019; 5th edition, 2016; 4th edition, 2013; 3rd edition, 2011; 2nd edition (International Law), 2006; 1st edition (Public International Law), 2003).
- Stephen Hall, Ho & Hall’s Hong Kong Contract Law, Hong Kong, Lexis Nexis Butterworths, 6th edition, 2022 (5th edition, 2019; 4th edition, 2017; 3rd edition, 2013). 1st and 2ndeditions (Hong Kong Contract Law) by the late Betty M. Ho.
- Stephen Hall, Contract Terms in Hong Kong: Incorporation, Interpretation, Implication, and Unfair Terms, Chapter 4 (pp 62-91), in M. Chen-Wishart and S. Vogenauer (eds), Studies in the Contract Laws of Asia III: Contents of Contracts and Unfair Terms, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2020.
- Stephen Hall, Contract, Volume 18 in Halsbury’s Laws of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, LexisNexis Butterworths, 2nd edition (2020, 2018, 2015, 2012 and 2007 reissues).
- Stephen Hall, Researching International Law, Chapter 10 (pp 253-279), in M. McConville and W. H. Chui (eds), Research Methods for Law, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2nd edition, 2017 (1st edition, 2007).
- Stephen Hall, Beijing’s patriotism test finds no support in the Basic Law, South China Morning Post, Insight & Opinion, 23rd February 2015.
- Stephen Hall, International Law can provide Answers to Vital Questions about Flight MH17, South China Morning Post, Insight & Opinion, 22nd July 2014.
- Stephen Hall, North Korea, Nuclear Weapons and International Law, Hong Kong Lawyer (June 2013) 42-47.
- Stephen Hall, Custom, Enactment and Legal Order: A Natural Law Account (2011) 8 Journal of Catholic Social Thought 127-162.
- Stephen Hall, Review of “Exploring Contract Law”, J. W. Neyers, R. Bronaugh and S. G. A. Pitel (eds), (2010) 40 Hong Kong Law Journal 231-238.
- Stephen Hall, International Law, Hong Kong, LexisNexis, 2006.
- Stephen Hall, September 11 and International Law, in The Samuel Griffith Society, Upholding the Australian Constitution, Sydney, The Samuel Griffith Society, 2002.
- Stephen Hall, The Persistent Spectre: Natural Law, International Order and the Limits of Legal Positivism, (2001) 12 European Journal of International Law, 269-307.
- Stephen Hall, The European Convention on Nationality and the Right to Have Rights, (1999) 24 European Law Review 584-602.
- Stephen Hall, Determining the Scope ratione personae of European Citizenship: Customary International Law Prevails for Now, (2001) 28 Legal Issues of Economic Integration 355-360.
- Stephen Hall, Fundamental Rights, National Sovereignty and Europe’s New Citizens, Chapter 11 (pp 191-215) in C. O’Brien and L. Hancock (eds), Rewriting Rights in Europe, Aldershot, Ashgate, 2000.
- Stephen Hall, European Citizenship: Unfinished Business, Chapter 3 (pp 39-53), in P. Murray and L. Holmes (eds), Citizenship and Identity in Europe, Aldershot, Ashgate, 1999.
- Stephen Hall, Loss of Union Citizenship in Breach of Fundamental Rights, (1996) 21 European Law Review 129-143; reproduced at Chapter 3 (pp 54-68) in Selina Goulbourne (ed), Law and Migration, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar Publishing, 1998.
- Stephen Hall, Nationality, Migration Rights and Citizenship of the Union, Dordrecht, Martinus Nijhoff, 1995.
- Stephen Hall, Preventive Detention, Political Rights and the Rule of Law in Singapore and Malaysia,  Lawasia Annual 14-62.
- Stephen Hall, The European Convention on Human Rights and Public Policy Exceptions to the Free Movement of Workers under the EEC Treaty, (1991) 16 European Law Review 466-488.
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