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Associate Professor

School of Law

City University of Hong Kong


Born in Canberra, Australia, I studied law and Asian studies at the Australian National University before working for short periods at the NSW-ACT Aboriginal Legal Service and the ACT Government Solicitor. In 2008, I moved to the United Kingdom where I was Keith Murray Graduate Scholar at Lincoln College, Oxford, reading for an MPhil and a DPhil. I joined the School of Law, City University of Hong Kong in January 2014 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2020.

My research focuses on criminal law and punishment in comparative perspective, also extending to Southeast Asian law, Islamic law, and legal pedagogy. I am available for research collaborations, media commentary and PhD supervision in these areas. At City University of Hong Kong ('CityU'), I am the School of Law's Research Degrees Coordinator and am an Associate Director of the Public Law and Human Rights Forum, and an Associate Member of the Centre for Public Affairs and Law, the Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law, and the Southeast Asia Research Centre. I am also a Book Review Editor for the Asia Pacific Law Review.

To date, I have received two major research grants from the Hong Kong government: 'Foreign Domestic Helpers and Sentencing in Hong Kong' (GRF, HKD 464,097, with Julia Tomassetti and Marie Manikis) and the recently concluded 'New Comparative and Empirical Approaches to Clemency' (ECS, HKD 438,659, with Andrew Novak). My current research focuses on marginalised populations in the Hong Kong criminal justice system, the relationship between democracy, autocracy and punishment, and the codification of Islamic Criminal Law in comparative perspective. 

Feel free to get in touch! My contact details can be found below.


School of Law
City University of Hong Kong
Tat Chee Avenue
Kowloon Tong
Hong Kong SAR

Email: dcpascoe [at]

Phone: +852 3442 7029

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