Professor WOLFF Lutz-Christian

Faculty of Law


Prof. Lutz-Christian WOLFF, who holds two doctoral titles (Dr. iur. and Dr. iur. habil.), has been based in Hong Kong since 1999 after several years of studying, working and doing research in Passau, Shanghai, Taipei, Duesseldorf, Beijing, New York and Frankfurt. He joined CUHK in 2005 as a founding member of the Faculty of Law (then: School of Law). Prof. Wolff’s research focusses on International and Chinese Business Law and on Conflict of Laws. He has received the CUHK Research Excellence Award in 2008 and the CUHK Vice-Chancellors Exemplary Teaching Award in 2007 and in 2011. In 2013 he was awarded the CUHK University Education Award and he is one of the two CUHK nominees for the UGC Teaching Award 2013.



Thirteen Ways to Begin a Teaching Session

According to Copeland & Griggs (Going International: How to Make Friends and Deal Effectively in the Global Market Place, New York 1985, p. 74) it is important in interactive encounters between persons to “(m)ake the opening scene work for you ... The overture should make the music.” The same is true for teaching sessions. A teaching term has thirteen weeks and each week the start may impact on how the session goes. Often teachers will not pay particular attention to the starting mode, sometimes different starting modes are tacit knowledge and will be used intuitively without much reflection. This seminar attempts to create awareness in relation to the impact particular ways of starting a teaching session may (or may not!) have. Thirteen different ‘sample openings’ will be discussed – one per week of each term.