Notes on Contributors – Research Methods for Law

Satnam Choongh LLB (Warw), DPhil (Oxon), Final Pract. Cert. for the Bar of Eng. & Wales, Qualified Lawyers Transfer Exam. Dr Satnam Choongh is a member of Lincoln’s Inn where he was a Hardwicke Scholar and held the Sir Thomas Moore Bursary. Satnam has been Professor and Director of the Centre for Professional Legal Education, University of Birmingham and Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has extensive experience in empirical research with special emphasis upon policing and race. He has taught at the University of Warwick and at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is author of Policing as Social Discipline (1997); Review of the Delay in the Criminal Justice System (1997); Improving Custodial Legal Advice (with L. Bridges, 1998); Ethnic Minority Defendants and the Right to Elect Jury Trial (with L. Bridges and M. McConville, 2000); and Criminal Justice in China: An Empirical Inquiry (with M. McConville, D. Wan Choy, W. Hong Chui, I. Dobinson and C. Jones, 2011).

Wing Hong Chui (Eric) B Social Work, the University of Hong Kong; MPhil (Criminology), University of Cambridge; PhD (Criminology), University of Cambridge. Eric is Professor in the Department of Applied Social Sciences, City University Hong Kong, having previously been Associate Dean (Undergraduate Education) of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration at the University of Hong Kong. His current research interests focus on the effectiveness of probation supervision for young offenders, and young defendants’ views of the legal personnel in Hong Kong. His publications include Moving Probation Forward: Evidence, Arguments and Practice (with M. Nellis, 2003); Social Work and Human Services Best Practice (with J. Wilson, 2006); Criminal Justice in China: An Empirical Inquiry (with M. McConville, S. Choongh, D. Wan Choy, I. Dobinson and C. Jones, 2011); The Hong Kong Legal System (with S. Lo, 2012); School Social Work: Current Practice and Research (2013); Responding to Youth Crime in Hong Kong: Penal Elitism, Legitimacy and Citizenship (with M. Adorjan, 2014).

Ian Dobinson BA/LLB (UNSW), LLM (Hons) (Syd). Ian is Senior Lecturer in the Law Faculty of the University of Technology, Sydney. Prior to this, he was an Associate Professor at the School of Law, City University of Hong Kong. He has also taught at Mitchell College, Bathurst (now Charles Sturt University) and has been a Research Officer with the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research. Ian has extensive teaching and research experience in the areas of criminal law, criminal justice and criminology, and expertise in both quantitative and qualitative legal research methodologies. His publications include Criminal Justice in China: An Empirical Inquiry (with M. McConville, S. Choongh, D. Wan Choy, W. Hong Chui and C. Jones, 2011); ‘The Guilty Plea: an Australian/Chinese Comparison’ in M. McConville and E. Pils (eds), Comparative Perspectives on Criminal Justice in China (2013); and ‘Doctors Who Kill or Harm Their Patients: the Australian Experience’ in A. Griffiths, D. Sanders and A. Sanders (eds), Bioethics, Medicine and the Criminal Law Volume II (2013).

Mark Findlay BA, LLB (ANU); DipCrim MSc (Edin); LLM LLD (Nott). Mark is the Deputy Director of the Institute of Criminology at the University of Sydney. For five years he held the fractional Chair in International Criminal Justice at the Law School, University of Leeds and was a Senior Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London. He currently also holds a Chair in Law at Singapore Management University. Mark established the new law school at the University of the South Pacific as its Foundation Professor of Law and first head of school, played a critical role in establishing the law programme at City University of Hong Kong and is currently assisting the development of the second law school in Singapore. He is the joint chair of the WUN International and Comparative Criminal Justice Network, which is helping shape the face of international criminal justice. His books Governing through Globalised Crime (2008), Transforming International Criminal Justice (with R. Henham, 2010) and Beyond Punishment-Analysing International Criminal Justice (with R. Henham, 2012) are contributing to the reconciliation of retributive and restorative justice paradigms internationally.

Stephen Hall LLB (Qld); LLM (Technol Syd); DPhil (Oxon); admitted as barrister in the High Court of Australia and Solicitor in the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Stephen Hall previously taught at the University of New South Wales and the City University of Hong Kong. His areas of research and teaching expertise are international law, European Union law, contract law, the traditions of natural law and the common law, and administrative law. He has been admitted as a barrister and solicitor in Australia, and practised law with the Australian Attorney General’s Department. His major book publications include Nationality, Migration Rights and Citizenship of the Union; International Law (2006); Foundations of International Law (2012); Principles of International Law (2013); Ho and Hall’s Hong Kong Contract Law (with B. M. Ho, 2013); and Law of Contract in Hong Kong: Cases and Commentary (2015).

Ralph Henham Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice and Research Fellow, Centre for Legal Research, Nottingham Law School. With Mark Findlay, Ralph is the co-founder of the International Criminal Trial Project. He has published widely on sentencing and international criminal justice, and with Mark Findlay has developed the paradigm of comparative contextual analysis. His publications include Punishment and Process in International Criminal Trials (2005); Transforming International Criminal Justice: retributive and restorative justice in the trial process (2005) and Beyond Punishment: Achieving International Criminal Justice (2010) (with M. Findlay); Sentencing and the Legitimacy of Trial Justice (2011); and Sentencing: Time for a Paradigm Shift (2013).

Mark Israel GradCertTertEd, MEdStud (Flin), MPhil MA (Cant), DPhil (Oxf). Mark is Professor of Law and Criminology at the University of Western Australia. He has qualifications in law, sociology, criminology and education from Oxford, Cambridge and Flinders Universities respectively. He has published in the areas of higher education policy, research ethics and integrity, criminology and socio-legal studies. His books include Research Ethics and Integrity for Social Scientists: Beyond Regulatory Compliance (2015). Mark has received teaching and research prizes in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. He has undertaken research ethics and integrity-related consultancy for government departments, national research councils and agencies, NGOs and universities in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and for the European Research Council. He is currently a chief investigator on an Australian Research Council-funded project examining the expanding disciplinary scope of research ethics committees.

Francis Johns BA(Hon), LLB, LLM (Syd), MA(UTS) Lecturer, Law Faculty, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Francis has taught at UTS since 2002 and specialises in law and information science. Previous experience and expertise in legal publishing including editing Halsbury’s Laws of Australia; electronic product training and development; customer legal research support; and managing LexisNexis for the Australia and New Zealand market. His publications include Concise Legal Research (with R. J. Watt, 2009).

Mike McConville LLB (Lon), PhD (Nottingham) was Founding Dean of the Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he is now Emeritus Professor. Mike was formerly Head of the School of Law, University of Warwick and Walter E. Meyer Professor, New York University. Mike has been widely engaged in legal research for some thirty years and has written extensively on such matters as legal representation, plea bargaining, juries, policing, neighbourhood watch and American legal history. His books include Negotiated Justice (with J. Baldwin, 1977); Courts Prosecution and Conviction (with J. Baldwin, 1981); The Case for the Prosecution (with A. Sanders and R. Leng, 1991); Watching Police Watching Communities (with D. Shepherd, 1992); Standing Accused: The Organisation and Practices of Defence Solicitors in Britain (with J. Hodgson, L. Bridges and A. Pavlovic, 1994); Slippery Customers (with M. Clarke and D. Smith, 1994); Jury Trials and Plea Bargaining (with C. Mirsky, 2005); Criminal Justice in China: An Empirical Inquiry (with S. Choongh, D. Wan Choy, W. Hong Chui, I. Dobinson and C. Jones, 2011); Criminal Justice in China (with E. Pils, 2013); and Criminal Judges (with L. Marsh, 2014).

George Meszaros BA Political Science (Sussex), M.Phil Latin American Studies (Glasgow), PhD Sociology (LSE). George is Associate Professor at the University of Warwick and has researched and written in the areas of public law (with a specific emphasis on judicial review in the United Kingdom). More recently, the emphasis of his work has been on land rights, social movements and aspects of legal change with reference to Brazil. His publications include Judicial Review in Perspective (with M. Sunkin and L. Bridges, 1995); Landless People’s Movements (2008); Social Movements, Law and the Politics Of Land Reform (2013).

Michael D. Pendleton is Emeritus Professor of Law at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia and currently Adjunct Professor, School of Law, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He was admitted to practise in Australia, England & Wales and Hong Kong and is an Arbitrator, Mediator and Domain Name Panellist of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), Geneva. Michael is acknowledged as a leading intellectual property lawyer in Hong Kong, mainland China and Australia. He was Chairman of the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia. Michael has written twelve books and over one hundred publications on intellectual property. His publications include Intellectual Property Rights – Hong Kong SAR and PRC (with J. Margolis and A. Lee, 2003); Intellectual Property in Hong Kong (with A. Lee, 2008); and Intellectual Property Rights – Hong Kong SAR and PRC (with J. Margolis and A. Lee, 2015).

Paul Roberts BCL, MA (Jurisprudence) (Oxon), MPhil (Criminology) (Cantab) is Professor of Criminal Jurisprudence in the University of Nottingham, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, and China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), Beijing. He researches and teaches in the areas of criminal procedure and evidence, forensic science, criminal justice and legal theory, with a particular emphasis on comparative, international and philosophical perspectives. He also teaches research methods to PhD students. His extensive publications as author or editor include Criminal Evidence (with A. Zuckerman, 2nd edn 2010); Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Trial Procedure (2014); Expert Evidence and Scientific Proof in Criminal Trials (2014); Criminal Evidence and Human Rights (with J. Hunter, 2012); The Logic of Forensic Proof: Inferential Reasoning in Criminal Evidence and Forensic Science (with C. Aitken, 2014); and Innovations in Evidence and Proof (with M. Redmayne, 2007), as well as more than one hundred other articles, essays, notes and reviews in law, criminology, philosophy and forensic science books and journals.

Geoffrey Wilson MA, LLB (Cant) (deceased), formerly Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Warwick and Fellow of Queen’s College, Cambridge. Geoffrey Wilson pioneered the study of law in its social context and wrote widely in the area of constitutional law and the English legal system as well as undertaking comparative research involving ancient civilisations. His major works include: Cases and Materials in Constitutional and Administrative Law (1966); Cases and Materials on the English Legal System (1973); and The Handbook of the Criminal Justice Process (with M. McConville, 2001).


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