HKU Conferred Honorary Degree to Elsie Leung Oi Sie

The Pro-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) Dr the Honourable Sir David Li Kwok Po conferred honorary degrees upon five outstanding individuals at the 195th Congregation held on March 15, 2016 in Loke Yew Hall.

The 195th Congregation

(From left) HKU Council Chairman Professor Arthur Li, Dr Mary-Claire King, Professor Lap-Chee Tsui, HKU President Professor Peter Mathieson, Dr Victor Joseph Dzau, Dr Elsie Leung Oi Sie, Dr Lui Che Woo and HKU Pro-Chancellor Dr David Li Kwok Po

The honorary degree recipients are:

Doctor of Science honoris causa
Victor Joseph DZAU
Mary-Claire KING
Lap-Chee TSUI

Doctor of Social Sciences honoris causa
Elsie LEUNG Oi Sie
LUI Che Woo

Honorary Degrees are awarded to individuals in recognition of their distinguished service and commitment to the University, the community, and to academia. They are also conferred to those who have made valuable intellectual, social and cultural contributions to society and the world.

As Secretary for Justice, she headed the Department of Justice from 1997 to 2005. She was, during the same period, a member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong. Since 2006, she became and is currently a Deputy Director of the Hong Kong Basic Law Committee under the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the PRC. Dr Leung is a Consultant Solicitor of the firm of Iu, Lai & Li, a Notary Public, and a China Appointed Attesting Officer.

Dr Leung has been active in the legal profession and the community at large. She has served as President of the International Federation of Women Lawyers, and on various government boards and committees, including the Independent Police Complaints Council, Social Welfare Advisory Committee and Inland Revenue Board of Review. She was also honorary legal adviser to many non-governmental organisations. Currently, she continues to lend her leadership and counsel to several NGOs.

She was appointed a Delegate of the People’s Congress of Guangdong Province in 1989. In 1993, she was appointed as a Delegate of the 8th National People’s Congress as well as a Hong Kong Affairs Adviser.

She holds honorary degrees from the China University of Political Science & Law, Warwick University, Hong Kong Shue Yan University and the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology. Dr Leung was awarded the Grand Bauhinia Medal in 2002.

In recognition of her contributions to the law and society, the University has resolved to confer upon her the degree of Doctor of Social Sciences honoris causa.

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