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PASCOE, Daniel
Dr PASCOE Daniel
Doctor of Philosophy in Law (Oxon)
Master of Philosophy in Criminology and Criminal Justice (Oxon)
Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (ANU)
Bachelor of Asian Studies (Indonesian) (Hons) (ANU)
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (ANU)
Legal Practitioner (Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory)
Position Tag
Associate Professor

Contact Information

Li Dak Sum Yip Yio Chin Academic Building – 6205
(852) 3442 7029

Research Interests

Research Interests
  • Comparative Criminal Law and Punishment
  • Southeast Asian Law
  • Islamic Law
  • Transitional Justice
  • Legal Pedagogy

Born in Canberra, Australia, Daniel 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, Daniel moved to the United Kingdom where he was Keith Murray Graduate Scholar at Lincoln College, Oxford, reading for an MPhil and a DPhil. Daniel joined CityU in January 2014 as Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in July 2020.

Daniel’s research focuses on criminal law and punishment in comparative perspective, also extending to Southeast Asian law, Islamic law, transitional justice and legal pedagogy. He is available for research collaborations, media commentary and PhD supervision in these areas.

Selected Publications


Journal Articles:

Book Chapters:

  • ‘The District Courts: Sentencing Decisions as Evolving Legal Culture?’ in Melissa Crouch (ed), The Politics of Court Reform: Judicial Change and Legal Culture in Indonesia (Cambridge University Press 2019)
  • ‘Toward a Global Theory of Capital Clemency Incidence’ in Carol Steiker and Jordan Steiker (eds), Comparative Capital Punishment Law (Edward Elgar 2019)
  • ‘Comparing Death Penalty Clemency in Singapore and Thailand’ in Jianhong Lu, Max Travers and Lennon Chang (eds), Comparative Criminology in Asia (Springer 2017)
  • ‘Researching the Death Penalty in Closed or Partially-Closed Criminal Justice Systems’ in Mary Bosworth, Carolyn Hoyle and Lucia Zedner (eds), Changing Contours of Criminal Justice (Oxford University Press 2016)
  • ‘Tiga Tantangan Hukum yang akan Dihadapi Rezim Hukuman Mati di Indonesia’ in Robertus Robet and Todung Mulya Lubis (eds), Politik Hukuman Mati di Indonesia (Marjin Kiri 2016) [in Bahasa Indonesia]

Other Publications:

Media and Web Posts

Visiting Research Fellowships

  • Indonesia Jentera School of Law, Jakarta (April 2018 – May 2018)
  • Fordham Law School, New York NY (January 2017 – August 2017)
  • Crime Research Centre, University of Western Australia, Perth (October 2012 – April 2013)

Academic Service

  • PhD Programme Coordinator (2021 – present)
  • Asia Pacific Law Review, Book Review Editor (2015 – present)
  • Research Centres: Public Law and Human Rights Forum (2019 – present); Centre for Chinese and Comparative Law (2017 – present); Southeast Asia Research Centre (2016 – present); Human Rights Law and Policy Forum (2017–2019)
  • Discovery Enriched Curriculum Coordinator, School of Law (2015 – present)
  • School of Law Research Committee (2014–2016; 2018 – present)
  • Gateway Education Course Reviewer (2014–2017)

Scholarships, Grants and Awards

  • Hong Kong University Grants Committee, General Research Fund Grant (2021-2023) HK$464,097 grant for research project: ‘Foreign Domestic Helpers and Sentencing in Hong Kong’ (with Dr Julia Tomassetti and Dr Marie Manikis)
  • CityU, School of Law School Matching Fund (2019-2020) HK$114,892 grant for research project: ‘Idiosyncratic Voting in the UNGA Death Penalty Moratorium Resolutions’ (with Professor Sangmin Bae)
  • CityU, Teaching Development Grant (2018–2020) HK$131,859 grant for research project: ‘An Evidence-Based Approach to the Criminal Law Syllabus in Hong Kong’
  • CityU, School of Law Strategic Research Grant (2018) HK$99,723 grant for research project: ‘Sentencing in Jakarta’s District Courts: Evidence of a Changing Legal Culture? / Is China Exporting the Suspended Death Sentence to Southeast Asia?’
  • Hong Kong University Grants Committee, Early Career Scheme Grant (2018–2020) HK$417,770 grant for research project: ‘New Comparative and Empirical Approaches to Clemency’ (with Dr Andrew NOVAK, George Mason University)
  • CityU, Outstanding Research Award for Junior Faculty (2017–2018) HK$165,000
  • Winner, Best Conference Paper at 12th Asian Law Institute Conference, Taipei: “Is Diya a form of clemency?” (2015)
  • CityU Startup Grant (2015–2017) HK$200,000
  • Gowrie Postgraduate Scholarship (2012)
  • Wingate Scholarship (2011–2012)
  • University of Oxford Law Faculty Scholarship (2010–2011)
  • Australian Bicentennial Scholarship awarded by King’s College London (2008–2009)
  • Keith Murray Graduate Scholarship to Lincoln College, University of Oxford (2008–2012)


  • Indonesian (advanced); Spanish (intermediate); Mandarin Chinese (basic)