The Common Law in Operation in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region: The Hong Kong story
Free Public Lecture
G08 Theatre, Ground Floor
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street, Carlton
T: (03) 9035 1111
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Since 1841, the common law system has been Hong Kong’s legal system. Some regard it as quite remarkable that such a system, with its roots in medieval England, Edward the Confessor and Magna Carta, should apply in a small region in the Far East. It is, however, even more astonishing to learn that this system, since 1997, still prevails in this most modern and financial of cities. Many interesting questions arise. Why was this system regarded as appropriate for Hong Kong when the rest of the country operates under a quite different system of law? And what are the characteristics of the common law system in Hong Kong? Is it largely the same system as exists in Australia, England and other established common law jurisdictions, or is Hong Kong different? The speaker will, in the course of addressing these matters, focus on the fundamentals of the common law, for it is always the fundamentals that will define the true nature and efficacy of any legal system.
This event is presented in collaboration with the Supreme Court Library of Queensland and the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law, University of New South Wales.
2018 Seabrook Chambers Lecture
This event has been funded by former Judges of the Accident Compensation Tribunal in the State of Victoria.