CUHK LAW First Online International Conference “Directions in Legal Education 2020”


CUHK LAW had been organising a legal education conference biannually since 2016. Following the success of its previous two conferences, CUHK LAW proudly announces the successful completion of its third conference, “Directions in Legal Education 2020”, from 18-20 June 2020. 

Held online for the first time, this international conference brought over 90 speakers from around the world, including Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, India, Ireland, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, the Netherlands, Spain, Vietnam, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States, to discuss and reflect on the work as law teachers in the digital era, the implications of technological transformation in the legal profession, and how to foster new and innovative pedagogical legal education programmes to embrace the shifting legal education landscape that provide the best possible learning experience to help students achieve career success. More than 510 local and overseas individuals signed up to attend the conference. 

This year, the conference presentations covered issues and topics relating to “Students as Producers”, “Women in Law”, “Professionalism and Employability”, “Law, Technology and Going Online”, “Diversity in Legal Education”, “Pedagogy”, and “Innovative Subjects in Legal Education”. It also addressed a pressing topic, “Teaching Law in Time of Crisis”, as a recurring theme through panel presentations, the Big Debate and closing discussions. 

Speakers presented keynote speeches included Professor Richard Susskind OBE (Honorary Professor, Oxford Internet Institute), Professor Michael Martinek (Former Director of the Institute of European Law and Professor, University of Saarland in Saarbrücken), and Professor Geraint Howells (Professor of Commercial Law, University of Manchester and Former Dean of Law, City University of Hong Kong). The Closing Discussion on 20 June also featured a panel of US law school deans comprising Dean Danielle Conway (Dickinson Law, The Pennsylvania State University), Dean Rachel Janutis (Capital University Law School), and Dean Anthony Crowell (New York Law School), about the state of legal education in the United States, its rapid transformation over the past few months, and the impact for the future.

Revisit and watch the conference presentation videos on CUHK LAW website:

Keynote by Professor Michael Martinek on “The Future of Legal Education – A Civil Law Perspective”.

Keynote by Professor Richard Susskind OBE on “Law and Technology”.

Keynote by Professor Geraint Howells on “Legal Education in Hong Kong”.

Closing Discussion on the American legal education by US law school deans: Dean Danielle Conway (top left), the moderator Mr. Ari Kaplan (top right), Dean Anthony Crowell (bottom left), and Dean Rachel Janutis (bottom right).