Jun 29
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
CCPL - Hong Kong Under China’s National Security Law Conference

Hong Kong Under China’s National Security Law Conference


29 June (Tuesday) to 30 June (Wednesday) 2021

Dual Mode: Large Moot Court, 2/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Law Faculty, HKU & Simultaneous Zoom Broadcast


Promulgated on 30 June 2020, the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong SAR (the National Security Law, NSL) promises to be the most important legal development in Hong Kong since the advent of the Basic Law. Supporters of the law say it is essential to public order in Hong Kong and security in China. Critics fear that it will have a significant and adverse impact on the spirit of the “One Country Two Systems” arrangement which has been in place since the return of Hong Kong to China. One year on, this Symposium brings together some of the leading experts on the Hong Kong and Chinese law who will discuss how the different aspects of Hong Kong’s legal system has been or will be affected by the NSL. It anticipates the release of a collection of essays edited by Fu Hualing and Michael Hor, which will be published by Hong Kong University Press later in the year.



Panel 1:  Comparative Perspectives

(29 June, 9.30 AM – 11.30 AM HKT)


· Kent Roach (Toronto), Echoes that Build to a Cacophony: Hong Kong’s Security Law Compared to Illiberal Elements of the Security Laws of Liberal Democracies

· Cherian George (HKBU), Media Freedom and Censorship under Post-Orwellian Authoritarianism

· Michael Hor (HKU), National Security in Hong Kong and Singapore



Panel 2:  International Elements

(29 June, 1.30 PM – 3.30 PM HKT)


· Surya Deva (CityU), The Business of National Security in Hong Kong: Do Human Rights Matter?

· Ryan Mitchell (CUHK), Theories of Sovereignty in the Origins and Implementation of Hong Kong’s NSL

· Bing Ling (Sydney), The Extraterritorial Application of Hong Kong’s NSL



Panel 3:  Mainland Significance

(29 June, 4 PM – 6 PM HKT)


· Albert Chen (HKU), The National Security Law of the HKSAR: A Contextual and Legal Study

· Zhu Han (HKU), The Hong Kong National Security Law: The Shifted Grundnorm of Hong Kong’s Legal Order and Its Implications

· Zheng Tang (Wuhan) & Xu Huang (Wuhan), State Secrets in Hong Kong’s NSL



Panel 4:  Specific Ramifications for Hong Kong

(30 June, 9 AM – 11 AM HKT)


· Fu Hualing (HKU) & Zhai Xiaobo (Macau), The New Political Policing in Hong Kong

· Simon Young (HKU), Police Powers under the NSL: Legitimacy and Safeguards

· Kelley Loper (HKU) & Carole Petersen (Hawaii), Academic Freedom in the Shadow of Hong Kong’s NSL



Panel 5:  Constitutional and Systemic Consequences

(30 June, 11.30 AM – 1.30 PM HKT) 


· Jie Cheng (UBC), Hong Kong’s Constitutional Order After the National Security Law

· Po Jen Yap (HKU), Judging Hong Kong’s National Security Law

· Johannes Chan (HKU), National Security and Judicial Independence: A Clash of Fundamental Values


In-Person Attendance at the Large Moot Court is only open to HKU Staff and Students.

For Registration, please click HERE

For inquiries, please email Winnie Law at


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