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Dr. Hu Distinguished Lectures (2014 SPRING)

27-03-2014

From left to right: Mr. Tony Yen Yuen-ho SBS, JP; Ms. Lui Chit-ying (Associate Director of the International Institute for Conflict Engagement and Resolution); Mr. Brendan Lam Hing-chau (Lecturer in Law of Department of Law and Business); Professor Zhao Bing-zhi (Law Dean of Beijing Normal University); Dr. Andy Chiu Man-chung (Head of Department of Law and Business); Mr. Kenneth Ng (Practitioner; Ng, Au Yeung & Partners)

The year 2013-2014 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Department of Law and Business. In celebration of this memorable year, the department organized a series of lectures entitled, “The Dr. Hu Distinguished Lectures”, as phase II of “The Dr. Hu Distinguished Lectures (2013 FALL)”. Phase 2 of this series, the 2014 SPRING lectures, held on 5th, 7th, 11th & 12th February 2014, focused more on an academic legal perspective, and featured invited Law Deans from Greater China Universities. In addition to the 4 guest speakers invited, other special guests also attended the lectures together with students from the Law and Business Department.

The opening lecture was given in Mandarin by Professor Zhao Bing-zhi, Law Dean of Beijing Normal University, on the topic: The Development of Mainland China’s Criminal Law Construction (中國內地刑事法治建設的新進展 ). Professor Zhao told the audience that the year 2013 was extraordinary, as it marked the establishment of China’s new criminal law policy.  The newly amended China’s Criminal Law Policy has added 40 new laws, now with a total of 290 pieces of legislation. Professor Zhao agreed with the new amendments, explaining that China needs more transparency in its law making. The new policy has done its job, enhancing the protection of Chinese human rights, strengthening the structures of the Chinese judiciary and most importantly, reinforcing anti-corruption measures.  Professor Zhao used numerous precedents to explain the change in China’s attitude towards corruption; he said the Bo Xi-lai case had strengthened the Chinese government’s resolve to fight corruption.

On the same day (5th February 2014), Beijing Normal University and Hong Kong Shue Yan University performed a contract signing session「北京師範大學法學院暨刑事法律科學研究所與香港樹仁大學法律與商業學系學生交換計劃」, marking the start of a student exchange program between the two universities.

Professor Kong Qing-jiang, Head of the School of International Law, China University of Political Science and Law, was the speaker of day 2 (7th February 2014). The topic for that day was “International Law Teaching in China”. Professor Kong began by briefly describing the International Law syllabus, and its objectives and assessment criteria. Since China is a prominent member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the syllabus would in future place greater emphasis on trading laws and European laws. Professor Kong further elaborated that there would be regional or even national forums and discussions, and that students could benefit from these top level scholarly conferences. The global market is huge, so if the younger generation wants to be part of it, they need to learn about international matters, Professor Kong concluded.

Professor John Mo Shi-jian, Law Dean of the University of Macau, lectured students on the topic, “Extending the CISG to Hong Kong and Macau: Feasibility and Challenge” on Day 3 (11th February, 2014). Professor Mo gave a thought-provoking speech, concerning the problem of autonomy and sovereignty. Hong Kong and Macau are not independent territories; in the sense of international law they both have a “one country, two systems” constitutional structure. The two SARs cannot accede to the “Convention of International Sales of Goods” (CISG) individually. Professor Mo used Article 93 of the Basic Law to explain the application of CISG on SARs, suggesting the article has an international character, emphasises good faith, and should be used to fill in any gaps or omissions when dealing with international conventions.  Above all, Professor Mo encouraged law makers and legislators to follow the reasonable person test in legal disputes, which should bring beneficial results.

On the last day (12th February 2014), the department invited Professor Xiao Yong-ping, Law Dean of Wuhan University. Wuhan University was the mother school of our school founder, Dr. Hu Hung-lick. Professor Xiao gave his speech in Mandarin on the topic: The Definition of Private International Law in China (中國國際私法中強制性規範的界定). Professor Xiao mentioned the differences between what is law and what is interpretation; he suggested that China needs a modification regarding the above differences. New adjustments in the law should focus on external civil matters and conflict of interests, where areas of law and business are in dispute. Professor Xiao gave us a few obvious examples which required update, such as labour protection, environmental safety, food and hygiene safety, foreign currency exchange governance.

The Department is proud to have invited four distinguished scholars to join in this event. It is not only a great honour for Hong Kong Shue Yan University, but also a lifelong experience for our students. The Department will continue to organise diversified seminars and conferences in the foreseeable future, fostering the exchange of ideas from different domains.

Source: March Issue 2013

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