Conference on Teaching and Learning in Law “Directions in Legal Education 2018”

Building on the success of the inaugural teaching and learning in law conference in 2016, the Faculty of Law of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (“CUHK Law”) hosted the international conference “Directions in Legal Education 2018” on 1-2 June 2018 where legal educators, practitioners, students, and interested stakeholders from across the globe assembled at CUHK Law to share their experiences and to discuss common challenges and best practices in legal education.

The highlights of the conference on the first day were the opening address delivered by the Honourable Mr Justice Joseph Fok, Permanent Judge of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal, and the keynote speech on “Three Portraits and a Seascape: An Exhibition of Future Law Schools” by Professor Paul Maharg, Distinguished Professor of Practice – Legal Education of the Osgoode Hall Law School, York University who also holds Visiting Professorship at CUHK Law. On the second day, Professor Julian Webb, Professor of Law and Director of the Legal Professions Research Network of the Melbourne Law School, made another keynote speech of the conference entitled “Beyond Future Shock: Will There Be a Law School in 2040?”. The Big Debate session on the theme “Directions in Legal Education” held in the afternoon provided a platform for a panel consisting of the keynote speakers and distinguished legal practitioners to respond to questions posed by students about how legal education can better prepare students for contemporary legal practice.

Over the two days, a total of 14 parallel panel sessions were held, addressing topics including but not limited to training for the professions, challenges facing legal education systems, future of legal education, flipped classrooms and videos/podcasts to support learning, development of student literacies, as well as collaborative and problem based approaches to legal education.

CUHK Law thanks all speakers and participants for making this event a success. For further details about the conference, please visit the conference website:

The Honourable Mr Justice Joseph Fok

The panel of the Big Debate on “Directions in Legal Education” consisted of (from left) Mr Edward King Sang Chan SC of Sir Oswald Cheung’s Chambers; Mr Jeremy Dein QC of 25 Bedford Row; Professor Paul Maharg of Osgoode Hall Law School; Mr Martin Rogers of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP; and Professor Julian Webb of Melbourne Law School.

The two-day conference included a total of 14 parallel panel sessions discussing issues related to teaching and learning in law. Pictured here was the panel on “Challenges Facing Legal Education Systems”.

The conference gathered speakers from across the globe to attend.