Principal/Senior Practitioner/Principal/Senior Lecturer in Law

Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
07 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
31 Mar 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.

Work type: Full-time
Department: Department of Law (18100)
Categories: Academic-related Staff

Applications are invited for appointment as Principal Practitioner/Senior Practitioner/Principal Lecturer/Senior Lecturer (holding the title of Executive Director, Law, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (LITE)) in the Department of Law (Ref: 494083), to commence as soon as possible, on a three-year fixed-term basis. This is a full-time position but fractional appointments will also be considered.

The Faculty of Law is the first and longest established law school in Hong Kong. It is well regarded internationally and plays a leading role in legal education in Hong Kong and Asia, through excellent teaching at the undergraduate, taught postgraduate and research postgraduate levels, as well as internationally excellent research publications. The Faculty currently has over 80 academics coming from more than 17 jurisdictions worldwide.

The Faculty is launching a new Law, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (LITE) Programme ("the LITE Programme"), as part of the Experiential Learning, Knowledge Exchange & Innovation Hub (“The Hub”) within the Faculty of Law, jointly with the Faculty's Law and Technology Centre and Asian Institute of International Financial Law. The LITE Programme aims to meet the increasing demand for practical knowledge and support for entrepreneurship and innovation at HKU and beyond by providing students an opportunity to work on cutting-edge legal issues facing entrepreneurs and startups. The LITE Programme designs and implements innovative teaching, experiential and research projects to advance support in entrepreneurship and innovation, particularly relating to technology.

The appointee will lead the development of LITE's teaching, experiential learning and resource building initiatives in conjunction with the LITE Faculty Director and interested staff and stakeholders.  He/She will collaborate to develop, manage, and teach courses, manage internships and develop experiential learning opportunities and resources for entrepreneurs and startups.  He/She will also teach and supervise students’ work in related areas; draft course descriptions and frameworks for developing existing and new experiential learning and resource support initatives; collaborate with faculty members at HKU, NGOs, law schools outside of Hong Kong, and the greater community.

Applicants must hold a degree in law (LLB, JD, LLM or its equivalent) and should have at least 7 years of commercial or legal practice experience.   They should be qualified to practise law in Hong Kong or another jurisdiction.  Applicants should also have experience, or a proven interest in, teaching or supervising law students.  In addition to a record of, or demonstrated potential for, clinical teaching, advocacy, and intellectual engagement, the ideal candidate should have experience: 1) as a practicing commercial lawyer in a firm or in-house; 2) teaching practice-oriented courses and supervising students; and 3) working collaboratively with others. Other evidence of experience in designing, implementing and managing experiential learning courses/programmes and relevant knowledge of and practical engagement is preferable.

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits.  At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income.  The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totaling up to 15% of basic salary.  Housing benefits will be provided as applicable.

The University only accepts online applications for the above post.  Applicants should apply online and upload an up-to-date C.V., a letter explaining how the applicant meets the above requirements, and the names of two referees who have had recent experience of the applicant’s workFor enquiries, please e-mail Professor Douglas Arner at  Closes March 31, 2019.