Amanda Whitfort

Department of Professional Legal Education

BA (Hons) Monash, LLB Monash, LLM London, MSc International Animal Welfare Science, Law and Ethics (Edinburgh) Solicitor and Barrister 
Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Australia
Barrister of the High Court of Hong Kong SAR

Director of Knowledge Exchange & Impact


Associate Professor Amanda Whitfort BA(Hons)(Monash), LLB(Monash), LLM(London), MSc (Edinburgh) was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in Australia, and has extensive practical experience in criminal law and prosecutions. Before joining the HKU Law Faculty in 2001, she was the Course Director of the PCLL programme of HKU’s School of Professional and Continuing Education. She has participated in design of the new PCLL curriculum, and currently leads the Criminal Litigation course. On the PCLL programme she has taught Criminal and Civil Procedure, Professional Practice and Advocacy. In 2001, the University of London Convocation Trust awarded her the Bridgid Cotter prize for achieving the highest aggregate on the University’s External Masters in Laws. After becoming the first local resident of Hong Kong to pass the Overseas Bar Qualification Examination in 2005, she was admitted to the Hong Kong Bar. 

In 2008 she was awarded a Public Policy Research Grant (PPRG) for a sum of HK$397,000 by the Research Grants Council (RGC) to provide a comparative review of the animal welfare laws of Hong Kong. In partnership with Dr Fiona Woodhouse, Deputy Director (Welfare) of the SPCA, she successfully completed this review in 2010. In 2009 she developed and began teaching Animal Law and Rights, the first internationally focused Animal Law course in Asia. In 2011, she was awarded the Law Faculty’s Knowledge Exchange award for her transfer of animal welfare related legal knowledge to the SPCA (Hong Kong), the Hong Kong Administration and the Hong Kong public. In the same year she was awarded a RGC funded Public Impact Knowledge Exchange grant to review Hong Kong’s local wild animal conservation legislation. In 2016, Ms Whitfort secured both a KE Impact Project Scheme grant: Wildlife Crime: Knowledge Transfer for Informed Sentencing and a further RGC grant to study Hong Kong’s legislative powers to regulate international trade in endangered wild animals.

Ms Whitfort’s research and knowledge exchange in animal related laws have resulted in significant legislative and policy change for Hong Kong. In 2017, she was awarded the University’s Knowledge Exchange Excellence Award (video) in recognition of her work’s outstanding societal impact.

Ms Whitfort has published and presented internationally on Criminal and Animal Law and is the leading authority on Animal Welfare Law in Hong Kong. She is a long standing contributor to Archbold Hong Kong (Sweet and Maxwell, Asia) and Halsbury’s Laws of Hong Kong: Vol 1: Animals (Butterworths) and author of Criminal Procedure in Hong Kong: A Guide for Students and Practitioners (LexisNexis, 2nd ed 2012). She is the chief examiner in Criminal Procedure for the Law Society of Hong Kong’s Overseas Lawyers Qualification Examinations and the PCLL Conversion Course. Ms Whitfort currently sits on the Hong Kong government’s Legal Advisory Group to the Agriculture Fisheries and Conservation Department.

Research Area

  • Animal Law
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Trial Practice and Advocacy
  • Environmental Law
  • Green Crimes

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