The Faculty of Law of The University of Hong Kong (HKU) held the Third Legal Scholarship Workshop @ HKU (LSW@HKU) from May 26-27, 2016 on the HKU Campus. The two-day workshop hosted eight current or recently graduated PhD candidates from University of Stanford, University of Michigan, University Oxford, University College London, National University of Singapore, Peking University, University of British Columbia and HKU. Papers presented covered a wide range of legal topics, with no restrictions on jurisdiction and methodology.  Topics included were comparative corporate governance, regulation of Chinese shadow banking, socio-legal studies of foreign lawyers in Myanmar, the role of “social license to operate” in mining law, alternative legal resolution of territorial dispute over the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands, the legal status of Air Defense Identification Zone, developments of common law constitutional rights, and the legal theory of authoritative agency in constitution-making.

Presenters, together with HKU law students and invited guests from Queen Mary University of London, the University of Wisconsin Law School and The Chinese University of Hong Kong, engaged in intensive, vibrant and earnest discussion of both substance and style of the papers and presentations. Participants learned a lot from the keynote speeches by Professors Johannes Chan and Fu Hualing who shared their invaluable experiences and insights on the process of appointments to an academic career.

The LSW@HKU was started in 2013.  It has offered a unique forum for current doctoral candidates in law to present their work in a focused workshop setting that aims at approaching legal scholarship holistically.  In addition to the traditional emphasis on the papers’ content and argument, the LSW@HKU is also oriented towards academic training in preparation for academic career development.

Dr Chen Jianlin, Assistant Professor and Deputy Director, RPG Student Affairs organizes and conducts the LSW@HKU annually.  This year, Dr Qiao Shitong, Assistant Professor & Deputy Director, LL.M. (Chinese Law), who was also an inaugural presenter of LSW@HKU, co-organized the event and provided insightful questions to the presenters.