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PRESS RELEASES | JUL 05, 2018

HKU Faculty of Law kicks off its Golden Jubilee Celebration with an international conference on Public Law

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Established in 1969, The Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong is the first law school in Hong Kong and one of the most prestigious law schools internationally. The Faculty kicked off its Golden Jubilee celebration with the Annual Conference of The International Society of Public Law (ICON-S 2018) on 25 June 2018.

It was the fifth Annual Conference of ICON-S and the first time the conference was held in Asia since the foundation of the Society in 2013. The conference featured top scholars in public law and eminent judges, and more than 700 scholars and researchers from all over the world, who gathered to examine and exchange ideas on a wide range of topics central to public law scholarship and practice today, under an overarching theme of “Identity, Security, Democracy: Challenges for Public Law”. To kick off the 50th Anniversary Celebration, a short ceremony was held at the evening, attended by conference participants, friends, donors, supporters, partners, alumni of the Faculty. The Honourable Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma, the Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal congratulated the success of the Faculty, “The statistics, the accomplishments, the many alumni who have made great achievements[1] all evidence the remarkable development of the Faculty over the past 50 years. Yet, for me, all these facets of a successful faculty within a modern, prestigious university, important as no doubt they are, nevertheless do not represent the ultimate achievement of the Faculty. And this achievement can be described as the contribution it has made to the community and the Faculty’s proper role within it”.

Professor Michael Hor, Dean of Law, joined Professor Andy Hor, Acting President and Vice-Chancellor of the University in thanking different stakeholders in supporting the Faculty in the past 50 years, enabling the Faculty to make significant contributions in major areas of law and venture into new dimensions of development. With the theme “Law, Justice and Humanity: 50 Years and Beyond”; a variety of events will be organized until the end of 2019. Some academic and social events have already been scheduled in 2018:

HKU Law Alumni Choir Alumni Concert (November 17, 2018)
Distinguished Lecture by Professor Scott Veitch (October 4, 2018)
Distinguished Lecture by Professor Douglas Arner (November 8, 2018)
Asian Philosophy of Law Conference (December 12, 2018)

Other celebration activities will include but not limited to the following:

Anniversary Publication: A commemorative volume by Dr Christopher Munn on the Faculty’s 50 years of service and its impact on the local community, including interviews with current and former students and members of the Faculty.

Walking Tour: A walking tour route (about 2 to 3 hours, in Central/Western District) will be customized to trace the path of the Faculty development in parallel with the evolution of the legal systems in Hong Kong.

RTHK Programme: A documentary in collaboration with RTHK on the impact and contribution that the Faculty has made in the last 50 years in shaping the development of legal education, legal system and the rule of law in Hong Kong.

Video Archive: The Faculty is building a Video Archive of major public lectures, conferences and speeches by prominent legal figures, both local and overseas. The treasure trove of knowledge, with more than 1,000 recordings, will be open to the public through online viewing.

Gala Dinner: Finale of the Celebration in November/ December 2019.

Please visit 50.law.hku.hk for the latest information of the activities.

Note 1. Such as, most recently, The Honourable Mr Justice Andrew Cheung, the present Chief Judge of the High Court who will join the Court of Final Appeal in October.

 

香港大學法律學院於1969年成立,為本地首間法律學院,時至今日,已發展成國際知名學府。2019年為學院成立五十周年紀念,日前學院以國際公法學學會周年會議 (Annual Conference of The International Society of Public Law (ICON-S 2018)) 揭開院慶序幕。

是次會議是國際公法學學會於2013成立以來第五次、亦是首次於亞洲舉行之周年會議。在公法研究上享負盛名的學者和各國資深的法官、以及超過七百多名來自世界各地的法律學者、研究者雲集法律學院,以「身份、安全、民主:對公法的挑戰」(Identity, Security, Democracy: Challenges for Public Law)為主題,就各種公法議題探討及交流意見。會議首日晚上,學院舉行簡單而隆重的啟動禮,正式為五十周年院慶活動揭開序幕,參與會議的學者、學院的捐贈者、校友、各方友好及合作夥伴歡聚一堂。終審法院首席法官馬道立恭賀法律學院成立半世紀:「學院的排名、成果、眾多成就非凡的校友[1],都引證了學院過去五十年的卓越發展。但對我而言,在這所現代化、地位崇高的大學裡,這所成功學院的不同成就固然重要,但並非是學院的最終成就;學院的最終成就,應該在於對社會的貢獻、以及在社會上應擔當的角色。」

署理校長賀子森教授及院長何耀明教授分別於致辭時,感謝不同持份者於過去五十年對學院的支持,讓學院得以於各主要法律範疇作出貢獻,並於新領域作出嘗試。學院將以「法律、公義和人文精神:跨越五十載」為主題,展開為期超過一年的慶祝活動,部份2018年的活動包括:

11月17日 香港大學法律畢業生合唱團音樂會
10月4日 傑出學者講座 – 韋卓思教授
11月8 日 傑出學者講座 – 安納德教授
12月12 日 東亞法哲學大會

其他慶祝活動有:

周年書刊:文基賢博士會撰寫紀念書刊,介紹學院五十年來的對香港社會的影響,其中包括與現任和前任教員及學生的訪談。

導賞團:學院將會設計關於法律教育與司法制度演變的導賞團,讓大眾一邊漫步中西區,一邊認識學院發展和香港法律制度的變遷。

香港電台節目:學院會與香港電台合作,製作節目介紹學院半世紀以來,對香港社會包括法律教育、法律制度及法治等貢獻。

影片庫:學院會將多年來舉辦之學術活動如講座、會議過千部影片整理及公開,讓大眾分享這些本地及海外知名學者的真知灼見。

周年晚宴 將於2019年底舉行,為金禧院慶的壓軸活動。

有關學院五十周年活動的最新資料,請瀏覽網站http://50.law.hku.hk

註1:其中一個最近的例子是現職高等法院首席法官的張舉能法官,他將於十月成為終審法院常任法官。

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