Academic Staff

Katherine Lynch

Director of the LL.M. in Arbitration & Dispute Resolution
Associate Professor and Associate Dean (1999 – 2002)
B.A., LL.B. (Osgoode Hall), LL.M. (Cantab), J.S.M. (Stanford)

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Katherine Lynch is the founding Director of the LL.M. in Arbitration & Dispute Resolution program and an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong. She was appointed Associate Dean of the HKU Faculty of Law from 1999 – 2002. She is a past Visiting Research Scholar at the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia and Research Fellow in the Stanford Program in International Legal Studies at Stanford University. She was awarded a University Teaching Fellowship 2003 -2004 and more recently, the Faculty of Law Outstanding Teaching Award 2011-2012 in recognition of her excellent achievements and contributions to university teaching.

Katherine joined the Faculty from a successful private practice career with a leading international law firm in Canada where she specialized in civil and commercial litigation. Prior to entering private practice she awarded as Law Clerk position with the British Columbia Court of Appeal providing research assistance to three senior appellate justices on the B.C. Court of Appeal.

Katherine specializes in arbitration and dispute resolution generally, as well in the areas of business associations and company law. She is the author, co-author and editor of several books, including The Forces of Economic Globalization: Challenges to the Regime of International Commercial Arbitration (Kluwer Law International 2003, 466 pp), Hong Kong Company Law: Cases, Materials and Comments (Butterworths Asia 1997, 563 pp), Mediation in Hong Kong: The Way Forward (Hong Kong, 2009) and Children’s Issues Forum: The Resolution of Disputes Relating to Children (Hong Kong, 2011) and is author of more than 30 articles, chapters and reports on arbitration, dispute resolution, business associations and company law.

Since joining the Faculty of Law, Katherine has taught a broad range of courses including Business Associations, Company Law, Property Law, Tort Law, Legal System & Legal Method and Alternative Dispute Resolution. However, her main area of teaching and research interest is in arbitration and dispute resolution generally. Katherine is responsible for introducing and developing the extensive undergraduate and postgraduate dispute resolution curriculum within the HKU Faculty of Law.

Since her arrival at HKU, she has designed, implemented and taught the broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses on arbitration and dispute resolution currently on offer in the HKU Faculty of Law. She has taught or co-taught an extensive array of dispute resolution courses, including Alternative Dispute Resolution; International Commercial Arbitration; Resolution of International Financial Disputes; Hong Kong Arbitration Law; International Mooting Competitions; Mediation; Negotiation and Collaborative Law & Practice. Katherine’s outstanding teaching efforts and her broad contributions to teaching and curriculum design in the Faculty of Law have twice been recognized with the award of both University of Hong Kong and HKU Faculty of Law Outstanding Teaching Awards.

Katherine is responsible for the design and introduction of the Law Faculty’s interdisciplinary LL.M. in Arbitration & Dispute Resolution program, the Faculty’s first ever professionally accredited LL.M. program. She was appointed its inaugural Director in 2007 and continues to serve in that capacity. As part of this innovative LL.M. program, Katherine established the “HKU Dialogues in Dispute Resolution” public lecture series in 2007 and has moderated more than 30 public lectures on a broad range of dispute resolution topics of importance to the Hong Kong community. She has also organized and moderated many international conferences, workshops and seminars on various dispute resolution topics and works collaboratively with a broad range of Hong Kong and international organizations, including the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, American Bar Association ADR Section, Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators, Hong Kong Mediation Council, Hong Kong Mediation Centre, Hong Kong Family Law Association to name a few. She has served on the Editorial Board of the Hong Kong Law Journal and has also delivered lectures on Hong Kong company law and dispute resolution 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.

Katherine has been extremely active in community engagement and knowledge exchange activities and she has introduced new and innovative dispute resolution processes to Hong Kong, most recently collaborative law and practice. She was appointed by the HKSAR Secretary for Justice to the Working Party on Mediation (2007-2010) and helped produce the Report of the Working Party on Mediation (February 2010, 450 pp) calling for reform and development of mediation in new areas in Hong Kong. She also worked with the Hong Kong Family Law Association to establish Hong Kong’s first ever “Collaborative Practice Group” and helped introduced the “Collaborative Law & Practice” course into the LL.M. programme in 2012. This is the first time that such an innovative course has ever been offered at any university in Asia. Katherine is committed to working in partnership with government officials, community groups and dispute resolution organizations to help expand and extend access to justice and innovative forms of dispute resolution to all individuals within the Hong Kong community.

Specialized Areas: Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Globalization of Law