KATHERINE L. LYNCH was born in Vancouver, Canada and educated in Canada, USA and the UK. She obtained an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall, York University in Toronto, Canada in 1986. In 1986 she was a research assistant to Professor MacCrimmon of the Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia completing research on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Following a one year clerkship as a law clerk with three judges of the British Columbia Court of Appeal in 1986, she was called to the Bar in 1987. After her clerkship, she joined the international law firm of McCarthy Tetrault in Vancouver, Canada where she practised law in the areas of civil and commercial litigation until 1989. She then attended Cambridge University where she obtained an LL.M. degree in international law, returning to private practice with McCarthy Tetrault upon completion of her legal studies.
In September 1991 she joined the University of Hong Kong's Faculty of Law where she has taught courses in business associations, company law, dispute resolution, property law and legal system and legal method. She designed and introduced a new LL.B. course called "Alternative Dispute Resolution" which she has taught for the past five years, as well as a new LL.M. course called "Resolution of International Financial Disputes". She has also delivered lectures on Hong Kong company law and international commercial arbitration at Stanford University, Duke University's Asia-America Legal Institute in Hong Kong and the University of Santa Clara Summer Program at the University of Hong Kong.
In the academic year 1996-1997 she was a Research Fellow in the Stanford Program in International Legal Studies at Stanford University completing research on the impact of globalization on the law and practice of international commercial arbitration. In May 1997 she was awarded a J.S.M. (Master of Juridical Science) from Stanford University. Currently she is a doctoral candidate in the J.S.D. program at Stanford University. In 1999 she was appointed as one of the Associate Deans of the Faculty of Law.
Specialized Areas: Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Globalization of Law