Appointment of New Associate Director

The Centre for Criminology (the “Centre”) is pleased to announce that Dr. Julie Ham (“Dr. Ham”) has been appointed as an Associate Director of the Centre with effect from 1st September 2021.

Dr. Ham’s research is grounded in ongoing engagement with community-based organizations and international networks working for migrant rights, sex worker rights and social change. She has published on domestic work, sex work, anti-trafficking, gender and migration, feminist participatory action research, and activist efforts by trafficking survivors, sex workers and domestic workers. Prior to joining the Department of Sociology, Julie worked with the Border Crossing Observatory (Monash University), the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) and with community-based research projects and organizations in Canada, working with sex workers, immigrant and refugee communities, women substance users, low-income urban communities, and anti-violence organisations.

Her recent research explores knowledge production and cultural production by migrants in Hong Kong through participatory and visual methodologies. For more information, see Mobile Methodologies and Migrant Knowledges.

Establishment of Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (Hong Kong Chapter) Prize for UG students majoring/minoring in Criminology

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) Hong Kong Chapter has established the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (Hong Kong Chapter) Prize. The HK Chapter is committed to developing the profession and in doing so, the Prize is intended to help HKU undergraduate students to broaden their learning horizons and develop their career path in finance and compliance. ACFE Hong Kong Chapter is a not-for-profit organization holding social and training activities on a regular basis to connect anti-fraud professionals and promoting professional advancement in the prevention, deterrence, detection and investigation of fraud in Hong Kong.

The ACFE HK Chapter has been collaborating with the Department of Sociology and Centre for Criminology, HKU in promoting training and education in the sector. The Prize is hosted by these HKU units. The Department of Sociology has been providing undergraduate Criminology major/minor programmes and taught postgraduate programme the Master of Social Sciences in Criminology, which provides a foundation for advanced research degree studies in the discipline and offers a professional qualification for practitioners in criminal justice and related fields. Working on a similar vision, the Centre for Criminology, has been researching on crime and deviance and offering regular trainings for practitioners in the field.

Details of the Prize are as follows:

Level of study: Undergraduate
​Faculty/Department: All students with a major or minor in Criminology
​Year of study: Year 3 & 4
​Place of origin: Local Hong Kong students
​Selection criteria: Academic merit and an essay of 500 words (on their interests on fraud related issues)
​Number of awards: Three per year
​Award value: A cash prize of HK$5,000, ACFE (Hong Kong Chapter) training package and one year of post CFE qualification training
​Awarding authorities: A shortlist of 15 outstanding students will be invited to submit the 500 words short essay for selecting the awardees

Should you have any enquiries, please contact Centre for Criminology at crimctr@hku.hk or 3917-7459.

New Course Promotion: Fraud Investigation in Hong Kong (Part 1 of 2)

‘Fraud Investigation in Hong Kong (Part 1 of 2)’, organized by Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (Hong Kong Chapter) is happening in July this year!

Come join us in advancing our knowledge in fraud! For more information and registration, please email events@hkacfe.com.

Fraud Investigation in Hong Kong is yearly regular course collaborating with ACFE. You may find more about it here.

Professor Karen Joe Laidler: Killing in the name of the war on drugs

Editorial of the special section of the International Journal of Drug Policy, by our Centre Director Professor Karen Joe Laidler.
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The Asian region is marked by a high number of killings that are carried out in the name of the war on drugs. Several countries retain the death penalty for drug offences, and there are also numerous extra-judicial killings of people who use drugs, especially in the Philippines. This special section of the International Journal of Drug Policy will build on work presented at the first Asian regional meeting of the International Society for the Study of Drug Policy, where several papers on such killings were presented.

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New Course Promotion: Fraud Investigation in Hong Kong – Advanced Level

‘Fraud Investigation in Hong Kong – Advanced Level’ Webinar Series, organized by Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (Hong Kong Chapter) is happening in November this year!

Come join us in advancing our knowledge in fraud! Register now at https://www.hkacfe.com/training/advanced-2020!