The 2018 Hong Kong Law Research Postgraduate Symposium - Raising the Game

The Hong Kong Law Research Postgraduate Symposium held since 2015 at CUHK Law, has brought together law or law-focused PhD, SJD and MPhil students from all universities in Hong Kong, providing them with a unique opportunity to present and engage in dialogue regarding their research with peer-research fellows. The Symposium provides an annual forum for research students to make and renew acquaintances as well as contribute toward a more collegial and intellectually vibrant law research environment in Hong Kong. The Symposium also features keynote presentations delivered by distinguished Hong Kong law professors.

This year, the Symposium received applications from the whole Pearl River Delta region, including the University of Macau, CityU, HKU, CUHK, HKSYU and CUPL. The event also features a wide range of participants including LLB, PhD, JD and LLM students. The 16 selected presentation papers cover cutting-edge issues related to World Trade Organisation (WTO law), International Investment Law, International Investment Arbitration, Digital Currency Trading, Chinese Legal System, Hong Kong Legal System and Legal Education. The programme’s wealth is expected to attract more than 100 young scholars in attendance.

As one of the most important financial centers in the world, Hong Kong has a unique combination of advantages. Hong Kong has long been well-known for its well-regulated market, liberal international policies, efficient infrastructure and internationally recognised legal system. In the context of Chinese business practices, the well-established western-style legal institutions further develop cross-culture awareness and skills for doing business in China. Under the “Belt and Road Initiatives” and the China’s Greater Bay Area Initiatives, Hong Kong attempts to grasp the opportunities and continues to maintain a competitive edge to leverage its status as China’s most cosmopolitan city.

The general theme of this year’s Symposium marks how Hong Kong can play a pivotal role in supporting many aspects of these initiatives. It is well-known that, Hong Kong as the world’s leading offshore renminbi market serves as a gateway for more than half of the Mainland’s market. In addition, Mainland companies account for half of the market capitalisation of Hong Kong’s stock change. These corporations and initiatives also pose potential challenges, such as how to further strengthen the domestic financial sector; how to deal with the emerging issues related to the regulation of digital trade and cross-border data transfer: how to tackle regulation of cross-border infrastructure and taxation; the role of Hong Kong in the trade relationship between China and its global partners; and as a leading legal and arbitration hub, how Hong Kong can offer world-class dispute resolution services along with the initiatives.

This year, the keynote speeches will be delivered by Prof. Christopher Gane (Dean of CUHK Law), Prof. Julien Chaisse (CUHK Law and Advisory Board Member Asian Academy of International Law), Dr. Romesh Weeramantry (Foreign Legal Consultant, Clifford Chance and Adjunct Professor, HKU Law), and Prof. Bryan Mitchell (CUHK Law, Assistant Professor). This Fourth Symposium continues the success of the annual Hong Kong Law Research Symposia and expands the network of young researchers who have been participating. In this respect, the Symposium also contributes significantly to the development of the Hong Kong legal system and legal education as a whole. Vice-Rector in charge of the International Relations represented the Université de Fribourg signed the agreement.


Ms. Xu QIAN is a PhD candidate and researcher at the CUHK Faculty of Law. She is a member of the 2018 Hong Kong Law Research Postgraduate Symposium.

Ms. Kehinde OLAOYE is a PhD candidate and researcher at the CUHK Faculty of Law. She is a member of the 2018 Hong Kong Law Research Postgraduate Symposium.