Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma to speak on Rule of Law in Hong Kong

11 May 2015

The Chief Justice of Hong Kong, the Honourable Geoffrey Ma, will tonight provide a unique insight into the strength and fragility of the Rule of Law in Hong Kong when he delivers the Bar Council's Annual International Rule of Law Lecture. 

Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma was appointed to his post on 1 September 2010. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales (Gray's Inn) in 1978, the Hong Kong Bar in 1980, the Bar of the State of Victoria, in Australia, in 1983 and the Bar of Singapore in 1990. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1993 and made an Honorary Bencher of Gray's Inn in 2004. 

This is the ninth Annual International Rule of Law Lecture to be held since it was started by the International Committee of the Bar Council in 2007, and aims to give those in the legal profession an opportunity to hear from leading international experts on major current international rule of law issues. 

Alistair MacDonald QC, Chairman of the Bar, said: 

"It is a great pleasure to welcome Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma as guest speaker to share his insights on the rule of law in Hong Kong, which has been the focus of much attention recently. 

"The rule of law is recognised by many as a fundamental part of Hong Kong's success, however the events which took place in Hong Kong at the end of last year led some commentators to question its strength. Tonight we will have the benefit of really deepening our understanding on this complex issue and question whether the rule of law is fragile or strong, and what lies ahead. 

"We are proud that these annual lectures have become such a successful part of the Bar Council's international work. We hope that these lectures inspire members to reflect more deeply on issues affecting the rule of law around the world and hopefully, as a result, to consider participating in rule of law-related projects."


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