The Fourth Legal Scholarship Workshop @ HKU (4th LSW@HKU) was held at the Faculty of Law on 1-2 June 2017. Eight current PhD candidates from Yale University, University of Chicago, Cambridge University, Queens Mary University of London, Victoria University of Wellington, National University of Singapore, University of Cape Town and HKU presented papers on a wide range of legal topics including private regulatory responses to maritime piracy; how non-state actors may unilaterally create international law obligations; empirical testing on how arbitrators’ reputation shaped their decisions; field work on gender and judicial appointments in Africa; international law responses to domestic rape; law reform to tackle novel technologies; critical analysis of communitarianism as a jurisprudential basis for constitutional order; and, clashing sovereigns in law and religion.
The presenters, together with our students and invited participants from Yale University, Tsinghua University and Chinese University of Hong Kong, engaged in intensive, vibrant and earnest discussion on both the substance of the presented papers and stylistic aspect of the presentation. They also benefited tremendously from the keynote session by Professor Lusina Ho and Professor John Lowry who shared their vast experiences and insights on the academic hiring process.
The workshop was organized and conducted by Dr Chen Jianlin.