Dean of the Faculty of Law

Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
Nov 27, 2019
End of advertisement period
Dec 27, 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Hong Kong 's highest priorities are to create opportunities for the very best academic talents to excel and to advance human knowledge to the benefit of society. We serve the needs of Hong Kong, the wider region and the rest of the world.

Dean of the Faculty of Law
Ref.: 493900
Work type: Full-time
Department: Faculty of Law (18000)
Categories: Professoriate Staff, Professional & Management

The University of Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong is a globally renowned university dedicated to achieving impact through internationalization, innovation and interdisciplinarity, as well as engagement with the rest of China. The University has a comprehensive range of study programmes and research disciplines spread across 10 faculties and over 140 academic departments and institutes/centres. Its 28,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and 2,000 plus academic staff are recruited from around the world. English is the medium of instruction.

The Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law, currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, is the oldest law faculty in Hong Kong and plays a leading role throughout Asia. It offers an extremely broad range of undergraduate and graduate programmes, including LL.B., P.C.LL., LL.M., M.C.L., J.D., M.Phil., Ph.D., and S.J.D. programmes and a variety of specialized degrees in areas including corporate and financial law, compliance and regulation, arbitration and dispute resolution, technology and intellectual property law, human rights, Chinese law, medical ethics and law. With the restoration of sovereignty over Hong Kong from Britain to China in 1997, the Faculty of Law occupies an enviable strategic position as the pre-eminent law school in the only common law jurisdiction in China. In addition to its traditional strengths, the Faculty is placing more emphasis on comparative legal studies, and on the provision of common law training to mainland Chinese scholars and students.

The Faculty comprises two academic departments, the Department of Law and the Department of Professional Legal Education, with the latter focused on offering the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL) that is required for Hong Kong legal practice. With around 90 full-time members drawn from about 17 jurisdictions worldwide and over 2300 undergraduate and postgraduate students, the Faculty boasts a highly diverse and vibrant research culture and environment. For further details of the Faculty of Law, please visit

The Position

The Dean is expected to strategically employ the Faculty’s solid resources to drive research excellence and strengthen the position of the Faculty as one of the world’s leading law schools. He or she will also be responsible for enhancing the Faculty’s numerous and close ties with a wide variety of academic and professional organizations, both locally and internationally.  Appointment will normally be made on a 5-year fixed term basis, with the possibility of renewal. The position carries the status and title of Professor. 

Candidate Profile

The Dean is expected to have excellent academic credentials and to provide strong and dynamic academic leadership. He or she should be capable of high-level administrative and managerial responsibilities, and have strong competency in managing human and financial resources, budgeting, staff recruitment, and alumni relations. The successful candidate must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in legal education, research and the development of the Faculty.

Application and Nomination

The University invites applications and nominations for appointment as Dean of the Faculty of Law. Review of applications and nominations will start in March and will continue until the post is filled. The University is committed to equality, ethics, inclusivity, diversity and transparency.

The executive search firm Perrett Laver is supporting The University of Hong Kong in this recruitment effort. To apply, or to download further information on the required qualifications, skills and experience for the role, please visit quoting reference 4050. Initial inquiries may be directed to Kieran Pollentine by e-mail ( or by phone (+852 3407-6491).

Applications should consist of a cover letter together with an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) and related dossier.