Chaired by Sir Stephen Sedley

Co-hosting with the Oxford Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Service Society (OxPASS), the Law Faculty is pleased to welcome the the Hon Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma, GBM, the Chief Justice of Hong Kong to deliver a lecture. He will be delivering a 25 minute speech followed by a Q&A session.

This year marks 25 years since the promulgation of the Basic Law of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Taking effect only on July 1, 1997 when the new constitutional order was put in place for Hong Kong, the Basic Law has put at the forefront discussions over the rule of law which, prior to that date, were hardly heard. The talk focuses on the reasons for this from a legal point of view, discusses recent events in Hong Kong and some perceived concerns about the future.


Chief Justice Ma is the incumbent Chief Justice of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal. Between 2001 and 2010, he held various positions in the High Court of Hong Kong, as a Judge of the Court of First Instance, a Justice of Appeal and the Chief Judge of the High Court. He was appointed the Chief Justice on 1 September 2010.

Chief Justice Ma graduated with an LL.B from Birmingham University in 1977. He completed his Bar Finals in 1978. He was called to the English Bar (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. He was admitted to the degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) by the University of Birmingham in 2011. He was awarded the Grand Bauhinia Medal by the Government in June 2012 and was conferred an Honorary Fellowship by Harris Manchester College of the University of Oxford in November 2012.

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