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

What to do with the family home after a couple split up

June 23, 2015

My article ‘What to do with the family home after a couple split up‘ has just appeared in the SCMP

Updated chapter on Landlord and Tenant in Chitty Hong Kong specific contracts

January 7, 2015

Sweet & Maxwell have published the Fourth edition (2014) of Chitty on Contracts. Hong Kong specific contracts. It includes my updated chapter on Landlord and Tenant.

Michael Lower

2014 in review

December 30, 2014

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,200 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 37 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Nearly 250,000 views of Hong Kong Land Law blog in 2014

December 30, 2014

The statistics for my Hong Kong Land Law blog have just been released. Here is a link to the summary. Nearly 250,000 views in 2014!

The Small House Policy

July 15, 2014

My article ‘Sustainability is a big problem for the small-house policy‘ has just appeared in the SCMP.

Social dimension of private property

April 15, 2014

My article, Have we forgotten the social dimension of private property? has just appeared in the SCMP. The link is here.

Legal education and the future of legal services

March 4, 2014

My article Tomorrow has already arrived when it comes to legal training has just been published in the SCMP. Here is the link.

Michael Lower

Governance of estates

January 21, 2014

The SCMP has just published my article on the governance issues facing owners’ corporations. The link is here.