Dean’s Forum – “The Future of Legal Education”

The School of Law of City University of Hong Kong is marking its 30th anniversary as a path-breaking provider of legal education in Hong Kong and Asia Pacific region. To celebrate this remarkable occasion, the School of Law hosted the Dean’s Forum on 10 and 11 May 2018. The objectives of Dean’s Forum was to provide a platform where Deans and leading scholars from prestigious law schools in the world shared and exchanged their opinions concerning the future of legal education and put forward useful suggestions to improve their law schools and legal education in general. It also improved knowledge relating to legal education and the ways the School of Law and other universities teach law and prepare their students for the legal market.

The Forum was kicked off by introductory remarks of the Dean of our Law School Professor Geraint Howells, who explained the themes of Forum, namely, straddling between liberal and professional education with law schools, legal education through the lens of students career prospects, and legal education and technology.

To promote international collaboration and efficient student exchanges, the School of Law signed various collaborative agreements with the institutions which participated in the Forum, including, Faculty of Law, KU Leuven University; School of International Law, East China University of Political Science and Law; and School of Law, Jilin University.

The conference speakers included (according to the order of presentation): Professor Toni Williams (Head & Professor of Law, Law School, University of Kent), Professor Alastair Mullis (Head, School of Law, University of Leeds), Professor Christopher Gane (Dean, Faculty of Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Professor Shi Yanan (Director of International Office; Director of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan Affairs Office, Renmin University of China), Professor Xu Diyu (Dean, Law School, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law), Professor Shen Weixing (Dean, School of Law, Tsing Hua University), Professor Li Weifang (Dean & Professor of Law, School of International Law, East China University of Political Science and Law), Professor Goh Yihan (Dean & Associate Professor, School of Law, Singapore Management University), Professor Dr. Bernard Tilleman (Dean, Faculty of Law, KU Leuven University), Professor Hoi Kong (Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, McGill University), Professor Martin Hogg (Dean, Edinburgh Law School, The University of Edinburgh), Professor Kong Qingjiang (Dean & Professor of Law, School of International Law, China University of Political Science and Law), Professor Zhang Liang (Vice Dean & Professor of Law, School of Law, Sun Yat-sen University), Dr. Zhang Sheng (Assistant Dean & Associate Professor, School of Law, Xi’an Jiaotong University), Dr. Ben Golder (Associate Dean (Education) & Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales), Professor Toby Seddon (Head, School of Law, University of Manchester), Professor Cai Lidong (Dean, School of Law, Jilin University) and Professor Alice Lee (Associate Dean (Academic Affairs) & Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong)

Through discussion and debate, the Forum’s atmosphere was full of enthusiasm. While the speakers delivered excellent and insightful presentations, the audience actively participated in the discussions sessions, giving critical comments and putting forward challenging questions to speakers. The Forum enhances the leading role of the CityU Law School as a major local and global actor in the field of legal education and research.

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