On 24 October 2019, Arthur Chan and the NCH Law Society welcomed a pre-eminent voice for human rights in Hong Kong, Alan Leong SC.
As the protests head into their fifth month, Hong Kong remains under a climate of uncertainty. Significant legal questions have arisen from the political discontent. Notably, the Chief Executive’s implementation of the Prohibition on Face Mask Covering Ordinance under the Emergency Regulations Ordinance has raised legal challenges on its constitutionality. Join us for an evening with Alan Leong on the political and legal situation in Hong Kong.
About the speaker:
Alan Leong Kah-kit obtained his LLB from the University of Hong Kong in 1982 and LLM from the University of Cambridge in 1984. He was admitted as a barrister in Hong Kong in 1983. In 1998, Alan was called to the Inner Bar, the first appointment of Senior Counsel after the establishment of the HKSAR. He was the Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association from 2001 to 2003. As a founding member of the Civic Party, Alan Leong ran against Donald Tsang in the 2007 Chief Executive elections. He served as the convenor of the pan-democrats during the 79-day Occupy/Umbrella movement. In 2016, after 12 years of service as a lawmaker, Alan retired from the Legislative Council. In November of the same year, he was elected as Chairman of the Civic Party, the second-largest political party in the pan-democratic camp and has remained in office since.
Mr Leong who gave an electrifying address on the struggle he had engaged with over many years to stand up for human rights and the rule of law in Hong Kong. The event was timely and remarkably geographically contextualised, since we are of course next door to the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, i.e. the Hong Kong representation in London.
Mr Leong is by training a competition lawyer, but shortly after taking silk began his work for human rights in the role of the Chair of the Hong Kong Bar Association, which by custom is the leading representative of the rule of law in Hong Kong. Turning his back on the commercial bar, he instead used his great skills to fight for the rights and liberties of his fellow citizens, which have played out in events we have all been watching around the world. The event provided unmatched insight into the role of senior lawyers in advocacy relating to high stakes points of principle, and the important role of advocates in enforcing and defending human rights and the rule of law.
This insight was offered not only to our students, but also generously to those of other nearby law schools. Indeed, the event was well attended not only by NCH students but also by students from UCL, KCL and other peer institutions.