Tuesday, September 4, 2018

HKU Law Awarded Four KE Impact Project Awards 2018/19

The University of Hong Kong's Knowledge Exchange (KE) Funding Scheme for Impact Projects supports projects that have the potential to create social, economic, environmental or cultural impacts for industry, business or the community by building on expertise or knowledge in the University and projects designed to collect evidence for corroboration and evaluation of impacts. Engagement projects that aim to benefit non-academic communities beyond Hong Kong are strongly encouraged. 
    The Faculty of Law was successful in obtaining four awards in the 2018/19 round of funding, each in the amount of or less than HK$100,000. Congratulations to Kelley Loper, who obtained three awards, and Lindsay Ernst. The details of their projects are described below:

Ms Kelley Loper
"Evaluation of the Impact of Research on the rights of LGBTIQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer) people in Hong Kong"
The proposed project aims to evaluate and strengthen the impact of research on the rights of LGBTIQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer) people in Hong Kong produced by members of the Faculty of Law, including scholars affiliated with CCPL. It will identify the impact on relevant policy and law reform debates, strategic litigation in Hong Kong, including advocacy by civil society, and also explore ways to enhance ongoing impact by collecting feedback from and identifying resource gaps with various stakeholders.

Ms Kelley Loper
"Development of the Disability Rights Resource Network (DRRN) Website"
The proposed project aims to strengthen dissemination of research output and legal and advocacy resources relating to disability rights, especially the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), to the wider community in general and disability rights advocates in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan in particular. It will translate existing materials on the current Disability Rights Resource Network (DRRN) website from English to simplified and traditional Chinese and incorporate new materials based on a survey of the needs of advocates in these three jurisdictions.

Ms Kelley Loper
"Human Rights Hub Website"
The Human Rights Hub website project will identify, compile, and disseminate information on human rights related research, knowledge exchange, and teaching and learning, including human rights experiential learning, in the Faculty of Law, eventually also incorporating work by scholars from other disciplines at the University of Hong Kong. It aims to highlight the Faculty’s and University’s significant strengths in the human rights field, make this work more accessible to non-academic communities, and thus encourage collaboration and enhance local, regional and global impact.

Ms Lindsay Ernst
"Establishment of Migrant Worker Education Platform"
Utilizing the vast knowledge and resources of HKU’s faculty and students, this cross-disciplinary KE project will collaborate with our partners to establish a migrant worker education platform and provide courses (and possibly even certifications) for migrant workers covering topics relating to law, finance, business, technology, communication, health and safety, and other important areas. The impact will directly benefit the general public as migrant workers support many of HK’s families, and having a more professional migrant worker population could have general benefits to nearly everyone in society.

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