Research Profile

Amanda Whitfort

Amanda Sarah Whitfort, Associate Professor, has been the Criminal Litigation Course Cordinator on the PCLL in the Department of Professional Legal Education since she joined the Faculty of Law in 2001. Her research specialization focuses on comparative criminal justice and administration in Hong Kong, Australia, the United Kingdom and the People’s Republic of China. She also conducts research focusing on the environmental laws of Hong Kong.

Her refereed articles include The Chinese Criminal Defence System: “A Comparative Study of a System in Reform”, 2006; Muddying the Waters? The Water Pollution Control Ordinance and Defining Pollution of Rivers and Streams in Hong Kong (with Professor David Dudgeon; Head; Department of Ecology and Biodiversity; 2 005); Determining an Indeterminate Sentence (2004); and The Proposed Offence of Persistent Sexual Abuse of a Child (2002).

She has acted as examiner on Professional Conduct for the Law Society of Hong Kong since 2000. In 2001 the University of London awarded her a Master of Laws (Criminology and Criminal Justice) and the Brigid Cotter prize for achieving the highest aggregate on the University’s External Master of Laws. 

Ms. Whitfort holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Philosophy from the University of Monash, Australia, along with a Bachelor in Laws from Monash University and a Master of Laws from the University of London. She has been admitted to practise as a barrister and solicitor in Victoria, Australia, since 1995 and has extensive practical experience in criminal law and prosecutions in that jurisdiction. Before joining the HKU Law Faculty in 2001, she was the Course Director of the PCLL programme of HKU’s School of Professional and Continuing Education. In 2005 she was invited to act as the External Examiner on the SPACE Law Division’s courses. She has participated in the design of the new PCLL curriculum, and in teaching Criminal Procedure, Professional Practice and Criminal Advocacy and Trial Advocacy on the PCLL. In 2005 she was invited to teach Environmental Law on the Masters of Science program conducted by the Department of Ecology and Biodiversity, Faculty of Science, the University of Hong Kong.