HKU students won the 6th Hong Kong Human Rights Moot

Faculty of Law at The University of Hong Kong is proud to announce that our students have won the 6th Hong Kong Human Rights Moot.   

The 6th Hong Kong Human Rights Moot is an intervarsity mooting competition co-organized by Vidler & Co. and the CUHK law society. After initial selections, Cheng Ho Fung Griffith and Chung Ho Chai Francis, both PCLL students, were selected to represent HKU in a round robin matchup against CUHK and CityU. The rounds were conducted throughout the 18th of March, 2017.  

The moot problem for this tournament involved a judicial review appeal hearing regarding the respondent Trade Development Council’s rejection of the applicant’s application to rent a special booth at the Trade Development Council International Film & TV Market Exhibition in promotion of a dystopian film advocating for “One Country, One System”. The appeal comprised of three issues on (1) the amenability of the decision; (2) whether the freedom of political expression is engaged and (3) whether the decision is disproportionate.

Each team was instructed to prepare full skeleton arguments as both applicant and respondent. Each team was given 15 minutes in substantive submissions and 3 minutes in reply. HKU acted as Applicant against City University and Respondent against CUHK. The rounds were conducted without intermission, presided over by an esteemed panel of judges: Mr. Tim Own Q.C. from Matrix Chambers (London); Professor Dr. Peter Malanczuk, honorary fellow at the Peking University and Professor Christopher Gane, Dean of the CUHK law school.

At the conclusion of the competition, in a unanimous decision, the HKU team was awarded Team Champion as well as Best Skeleton. Griffith Cheng was further awarded Best Oralist. The champion team shall be awarded with an HKD $5,000 dollar prize. We would like to offer warm congratulations to our students for their performance and our thanks to Vidler & Co. together with the CUHK law society for organizing this event.


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