Inspired by the edited volume on The Law in Hong Kong 1969-1989 published in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the law school at HKU, this lecture commemorates its 50th anniversary by reviewing constitutional developments in Hong Kong and its neighbouring Asian jurisdictions in 1969-2019. In this period, the constitutional landscape of East Asia (including Southeast Asia) has changed beyond recognition. It was impossible for anyone living in 1969 in East Asia to predict what the constitutional and political system in a particular jurisdiction would look like in 2019. For us today, looking at the next 50 years, or even just looking towards 2047, the future is equally unpredictable and uncertain. But is there any “long-term rationality” (to quote from Professor Ray Huang’s book, China: A Macro History) in the last five decades of East Asian constitutional history? Has the project of constitutionalism that originated in 18th century- Europe and North America made any progress in East Asia in the last five decades? These are the questions to be explored by Albert H Y Chen, Cheng Chan Lan Yue Professor in Constitutional Law in this lecture.
Date: March 15, 2019 (Friday)
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Venue: Academic Conference Room, 11/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong