Professor Christopher Gane
Professor Christopher Gane was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Law in September 2011. Prior to coming to Hong Kong he held the Chair of Scots Law at the University of Aberdeen. He was Dean of the Faculty of Law at Aberdeen between 1995 and 2000. In 2004 he was appointed Vice-Principal (Pro Vice-Chancellor) and over the next seven year was responsible for a number of strategic portfolios, including Library and Information Services, Culture and Communities and Equality and Diversity. In 2008 he was appointed Head of the College of Arts and Social Sciences (which comprises the Schools of Business; Divinity, History and Philosophy; Education; Language and Literature; Law; Social Sciences).
Prior to his appointment at Aberdeen he held full-time academic appointments at the Universities of Reading, Edinburgh, Lancaster (where he was Head of the School of Law from 1986 to 1989) and Sussex (where he was Director of the Centre for Legal Studies from 1991-1994), as well as holding adjunct and visiting professorships at the University of Notre Dame (USA) and the University of Antwerp (Belgium).
His research and teaching interests include Domestic Criminal Law and Procedure, International Criminal Law and Human Rights.
He has acted as a consultant to the Scottish Executive in respect of their Human Rights obligations under the Scotland Act 1998 and the Human Rights Act 1998, and has acted as advisor to the Scottish Parliament on a number of criminal law, criminal justice and criminal procedure Bills and as advisor to the Scottish Government on European Union criminal law and procedure. He was a member of the Committee appointed by the Secretary of State for Scotland to review the Law on disposals of serious violent and serious sex offenders (the McLean Committee) and a member of the Sentencing Commission for Scotland throughout its term of appointment. He was the co-founder of the group which produced the Draft Criminal Code for Scotland, published by the Scottish Law Commission.
He was appointed an Honorary Sheriff of Grampian Highland and Islands at Aberdeen in 1997.