Teaching Excellence

CUHK LAW takes pride in its uncompromising commitment to teaching excellence. Its efforts and achievements in teaching are recognized locally, regionally and globally. 


CUHK LAW offers a diverse range of taught programmes designed for critical and creative thinkers who are ready to become leaders in law and related fields.


At Faculty and University levels CUHK LAW has agreements with institutions from all over the world, including relationships with key institutions in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, South America, South Africa, and the USA. In some instances study completed on an exchange programme may be counted towards the completion of a student’s degree. Click here for more details.

Through a Summer Study Abroad Programme (SSAP), CUHK LAW provides support to LLB students to cover part of the cost for participating in exchange programmes. The SSAP is intended to encourage students to experience a broad and diverse legal education and gain exposure to different cultures and legal systems. Details are available here.

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    • Best Regional Memorial for Asia
    • Best Defense Counsel Memorial
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    • Second Runner-up Best Prosecution Memorial


CUHK LAW offers the following new courses in the academic year 2020-21.

The course explores the manner in which the history of empire has shaped both national and international legal orders. It aims to explore the tensions inherent in the concept by examining the history and evolution of public order governance in the British Empire. The course will examine the ideologies that underpinned approaches to public order governance, considering (elite) attitudes towards the masses of the people and the challenges of governance both at home and in the colonies. The next portion of the class explores ‘everyday’ forms of public order governance, including informal and state violence, the evolution of the police, and the ways in which law evolved in order to ensure wealth generation. Following these examinations, the course turns to consider more exceptional modes of public order governance, including the policing of protests, the imposition of emergency and martial law, the development of intelligence services and counterinsurgency policy. The course concludes with some reflections on the rule of law in the colonial context more broadly, as well as with an examination of some of the ongoing resonances of colonial legality in the contemporary period.

The course examines the ways in which law and the legal system are represented in a variety of films. It also considers the ways in which films engage with legal debates and controversies. It aims to encourage reflection on the cultural lives of the law and also on a central theme in film studies. The course is organised thematically and analyses film and legal process from a variety of jurisdictions across the globe. It explores how key legal issues, procedures, and actors are represented on film and how these representations in popular culture in turn influence understandings of the law, and in certain circumstances even its development. In particular, the module will focus on the genre of documentary film because of its commitment to authenticity and investigation of reality, while giving the students the freedom to explore feature films, TV series, and podcasts.

The course equips research postgraduate (RPg) students with the skills and the necessary confidence to engage in law school classroom teaching as well as to reflect critically and constructively upon that teaching.

The course provides a broad introduction to the future of the legal profession in times when legal technologies are rapidly gaining importance. It discusses the different forms of legal technologies, explores the actual and potential impact of legal technologies on legal systems, concepts and rules, considers the application of legal technologies in particular areas of law, analyses and critiques the impact of legal technologies, including advantages and risks, on legal systems and the society as a whole.

The course discusses the development of the common law during times of decolonization. Students will establish an understanding of the basic concepts involved in the relationship between law and colonial systems and the historical background of colonial legal systems and their current and former international legal status. The course will examine the specific legal standards that developed under the conditions of colonialism, e.g. those related to slavery, restricted definitions of citizenship, capacity for territorial acquisition and native title, and others. Related academic theories and detailed historical studies will also be introduced. The course will also address the various forms that “decolonisation” has taken at the domestic and international levels, and help students to develop their own arguments regarding the best approach for legal systems transitioning towards self-determination.

Browse the course catalog for further details.



CUHK LAW was ranked the most international law school worldwide in 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings: Law. In fact, CUHK LAW’s taught programmes comprise highly international features in terms of content and delivery . They are consistently ranked top in international rankings.

In the Eduniversal Best Masters and MBAs Ranking 2019, CUHK LAW’s LLM in Chinese Business Law (CBL) Programme was ranked 1st in “International Business Law in Far East Asia”. Being the third consecutive year to rank top in the ranking exercise, the CBL programme was consistently rated as a Top 200 master programme worldwide since 2013.

CUHK LAW’s LLM in Energy and Environmental Law (LEL) Programme was ranked 5th in “Energy and Natural Resources in Far East Asia” by the Eduniversal Best Masters and MBAs Ranking 2019. The achievement came only one year after the LEL programme was launched in 2018-19 as the first programme specifically dedicated to the legal aspects of energy security and sustainability in Hong Kong.

CUHK LAW’s LLM in International Economic Law (IEL) Programme has been awarded Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships 2021-22 by Hong Kong’s University Grants Committee (UGC) in recognition of the programme’s contribution to the training of legal talent to support Hong Kong’s strategic position as a regional and international business centre.


The following CUHK LAW professors received awards in recognition of their teaching excellence in 2019-20:


The following CUHK LAW members were awarded the Teaching Development and Language Enhancement Grant (TDLEG) for 2016-2019 Triennium from the University Grants Committee (UGC) of Hong Kong which supports projects to promote innovative and improved methods of teaching at both the University-wide and faculty/department levels. Results of the TDLEG for 2019-22 will be available here.

Project TitleAwardeeDurationAwarded Amount (HK$)
Using Superhero Films to Construct Transitional Courses to Assist Students in Developing their Learning Skills for University Studies
(Funded by the Special Funding Scheme to Enhance Student Engagement and Address Student Learning Needs supported by the TDLEG for 2019-22)
Prof. Steven GALLAGHER9 months200,000
Standardized Clients in Professional Legal Education: Training Law Students to be Effective Corporate Legal Practitioners Prof. Queenie LAI2 years and 7 months459,250
Learn with a Purpose: Forging a Community of Inquiry in Undergraduate Courses Prof. Michael LOWER1 year and 8 months66,300
Online and Blended Problem Based Learning (PBL) Pilot Project Prof. Steven GALLAGHER1 year and 5 months599,100
Prof. Michael LOWER
Mr. Mitchell STOCKS
Prof. Paul MAHARG

In addition, the below CUHK LAW members’ projects were also awarded the Courseware Development Grant Scheme (CDGS) for 2018-19 from the University. The CDGS for 2019-2022 allocated by the Teaching Development and Language Enhancement Grant will be available here.

Project TitleAwardeeAwarded Amount (HK$)
Collaborative learning: co-creating innovative materials for an innovative Law courseProf. Angela DALY90,000
Micromodules for Conflict of Laws; Contract Law and Commercial Law (Final Report – PDF)Mr. Alan GIBB30,000


CUHK LAW runs a ‘Learning Matters‘ blog which serves as a platform for the exchange of ideas on how to improve teaching and learning. The blog features interviews with teachers about their teaching practice and draws attention to articles and policy documents about legal education. It has a special focus on innovations that promote collaborative approaches to learning, promote active students engagement and develop students creative, critical and caring thinking skills.

CUHK LAW’s Centre for Financial Regulation and Economic Development (CFRED) has created a ‘Machine Lawyering’ blog designed as a public forum to bring together leading thoughts and important developments in the ensemble of processes and questions that are arising from the application of information technology to law, legal transactions and regulation.


CUHK LAW organised the third biannual international conference “Directions in Legal Education 2020” from 18-20 June 2020, bringing together over 90 speakers and 420 registrants from around the globe to discuss the challenges of and best practices in legal education and teaching law in times of crisis. Watch the presentation videos on the conference website here.

CUHK LAW also organised the following seminars and career activities in 2019-20:

Career Seminars
9 September 2019Introductory and Career Planning (GLC)
19 September 2019Career Planning (LSK)
23 September 2019Introduction to Career Planning and Professionalism (LSK)
26 September 2019Finding and Applying for Internships and Mini Pupillages (LSK)
27 September 2019Finding and Applying for Internships and Mini Pupillages (GLC)
10 October 2019Job Interviews and Follow-up (LSK)
10 October 2019Job Interviews and Follow-up (GLC)
14 October 2019Career Seminar for LLM Students
13 February 2020“The Hong Kong Bar and Applying for Pupillage/Mini Pupillage” (online)
28 February – 31 August 2020“Personal and Professional Skills” (video recording)
28 February – 31 August 2020“What to Expect from a Law Firm” (video recording)
17 March 2020Online Career Seminar for LLM Applicants – “My Life as a Lawyer”
24 March 2020Online Career Seminar for JD Applicants – “Careers of Solicitor vs Barrister”
25 March 2020Online Career Seminar for LLB Applicants – “Legal Careers Sharing by CUHK LAW Alumni”
26 March 2020Online Career Seminar for LLM Students
3 April 2020Online Seminar for PCLL Applicants – “Legal Careers Sharing by CUHK LAW Alumni”
17 April 2020Online Career Seminar for PCLL Applicants – “My Life as a Lawyer”
Career Talks / Conferences
21 May 2020Asia Bar Review “Online Legal Career Seminar 2020”
Career Talks
20 September 2019Career Talk by Herbert Smith Freehills
9 October 2019Career Talk by Eversheds Sutherland
11 October 2019Career Talk by Luk & Partners
16 October 2019Career Talk by Deacons
23 October 2019Career Talk by King & Wood Mallesons
23 October 2019Career Talk: The Best of Times – The Worst of Times
30 October 2019Career Talk by Securities and Futures Commission
30 October 2019Career Talk by Clifford Chance
6 November 2019Career Talk by Morrison Foerster – “Acing the Law Firm Recruitment Process” Workshop
8 November 2019Career Talk by Lipman Karas
Firm Visits
10 July 2019Skadden Outreach, Action & Respect (SOAR) Reception
28 August 2019J.P. Morgan – Winning Women in Markets
6 September 2019Kao, Lee & Yip Solicitors & Notaries Information Session
11 September 2019Clifford Chance Hong Kong Open Evening
12 September 2019Kao, Lee & Yip Solicitors & Notaries Information Session
18 September 2019Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Hong Kong Office Open House Event
4 October 2019Ribeiro Hui Sharing Session
10 October 2019Allen & Overy Open Evening
7 November 2019Eversheds Sutherland Open House 2019
27 November 2019Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Hong Kong Office Open House Event
12 & 13 December 2019Herbert Smith Freehills First Year Workshop 2019
9 January 2020Stephenson Harwood Hong Kong Open Evening
Fair / Information Day / Open House
6 March 2020Hong Kong Monetary Authority Information Day of Fintech Career Accelerator Scheme (FCAS)
3 April 2020Clifford Chance GLOW 2020
6 July 2020Slaughter and May Open Evening
CV Workshops
26 – 30 September 2019Personal CV Workshops at LSK and GLC
2 – 24 October 2019Personal CV Workshops at LSK and GLC
Personal Meetings for Career Advice
OngoingPersonal Meetings for Career Advice at LSK and GLC
OngoingPersonal Meetings for Career Advice (online)

On 28-30 July 2020, the following CUHK LAW members presented at the Teaching and Learning Innovation Expo 2019/20 organised by CUHK’s education support departments:

In addition, the following CUHK LAW members were invited to speak and be interviewed  in 2019-20:


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