Research protocols involving human participants are subject to ethical review in the University of Hong Kong. The responsibility to obtain approval rests with the principal investigator of the research. He shall make sure that ethical approval is obtained prior to any data collection or analysis has taken place.

Taught Postgraduates (TPgs) from the Faculty of Law shall submit their application to the Faculty Research Committee.

The copies of full research proposal together with any questionnaire and/or interview script and completed application form should be submitted for review. The application form and standard templates of informed consent form are available here (link to Normally the processing time for review takes no more than 3 weeks.

Taught Postgraduate Students (TPg) [JD, MCL, LLMs, PCLL] –> Apply to the Faculty’s Research Ethics Committee, which in the Faculty of Law is the Faculty Research Committee (send to Ms Winnie Wong, 10/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong).

Applications must be made using the prescribed “Application Form for Ethical Approval” provided by HKU’s HREC.  This form was designed for use by university teachers, so try to complete as much of the form as relevant.  To download the form and for guidance on completing the form and sample informed consent documents, see