Professor Paul Maharg speaking at CUHK Faculty of Law

September 25, 2017

Professor Paul Maharg will be giving two seminars at CUHK Faculty of Law this week about Legal Education. Professor Maharg is a leading scholar in this area and also has enormous experience in terms of advising policymakers and of implementing reform and innovation.

Professor Maharg will speak at the Shatin campus on 27th September at 12.45pm. He will speak at the Graduate Law Centre in the Bank of America Tower on 28th September at 12.45 pm.

Click here for details of the 27th September seminar on the Shatin campus

Click here for details of the 28th September seminar in the Bank of America Tower.


Gifts by elderly parents to children – SCMP

February 14, 2017

The law of undue influence can come into play when elderly parents are persuaded to make substantial lifetime gifts to their children. My article about this has just appeared in the SCMP. Here is the link.

Student control of the means of knowledge production

December 16, 2016

I gave a talk about the innovations in my Land Law 1 course this year at the CUHK Teaching and Learning expo on 16th December 2016. Here are the slides.

Article – Marriage and acquisition of a beneficial interest in the family home in Hong Kong

December 8, 2016

Just published: M. Lower, ‘Marriage and the acquisition of a beneficial interest in the family home in Hong Kong.’ [2016] Conveyancer and Property Lawyer 453 – 465

Collaborative groupwork seminar

October 27, 2016

I gave a teaching and learning seminar on collaborative groupwork at CUHK’s Graduate Law seminar yesterday (26th October 2016). Here are the slides.

Marriage and ownership: Mo Ying

August 23, 2016

This article explaining the effect of Mo Ying v Brillex Development Ltd has just been published in the SCMP.

Michael Lower

‘Directions in Legal Education’ – conference at CUHK

April 29, 2016

CUHK Law Faculty is hosting a conference on ‘Directions in Legal Education’ on 3 – 4 June. Here are some details.

Hong Kong Land Law Blog

April 6, 2016

The number of views of my Hong Kong Land Law blog went through the one million mark early this morning.

Here is the link to a screenshot

Seminar on ownership of the family home in Hong Kong

March 31, 2016

I gave a research seminar yesterday on ownership of the family home in Hong Kong at the Faculty of Law at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Here is the abstract:

‘Disputes about ownership rights in the family home when couples break up occur quite frequently. Matters are considerably simplified where the parties have formally expressed their intention as to their respective ownership rights in the home. In many cases, however, there was no express agreement between them. In such a case, the law of the common intention constructive trust requires the court to ‘discover’ and give effect to an informal understanding between the parties as to the ownership of the family home. Hong Kong’s law has been heavily influenced by English law and the courts have drawn on major developments such as the House of Lords decision in Stack v Dowden After Stack, it was unclear whether an intention as to ownership rights could be imputed to the couple where there was no evidence that they had reached an actual agreement. The UK Supreme Court addressed this in Jones v Kernott. Mo Ying v Brillex Developments Ltd provided Hong Kong’s Court of Appeal with an opportunity to reflect on the state of Hong Kong law after Jones v Kernott. This seminar will explain and analyse the state of Hong Kong’s law after Mo Ying.’

Michael Lower

Using Blackboard to create a Community of Inquiry on an undergraduate law course

December 20, 2015

I gave a presentation on Using Blackboard to create a Community of Inquiry at the 2015 Teaching and Learning Expo at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The slides are available here.

I described the creation of a digital space  within a Blackboard course site to focus the collective efforts of the participants in an undergraduate law course on the problem of informal arrangements concerning ownership rights in the family home. I described the design and the theory that inspired it.

This is the beginning of an Action Research Project where I try to understand whether this blended learning design can lead to better learning and better ideas. Can it lead to students having a sense that they have a real contribution to make in thinking about this problem? The aims are also to help students to improve their research and writing skills. The research tries to understand what is required of teachers trying to create a Community of Practice devoted to solving real problems and to improving the organisation, exposition and ways of thinking about a body of knowledge.

Michael Lower