This year, Halloween at CUHK Law was marked by an annual Halloween themed legal seminar delivered by the Faculty Dean Professor Christopher Gane. The seminar, titled “From beyond the Grave, Ghosts, Resurrection Men and the Law”, took us back in time to England and Scotland at the end of the 18th century. Professor Gane treated the attendees to a fascinating discussion laced with humour on how the courts treated testimonies from beyond the grave. The audience was also captivated by his historical account of the gruesome practices by grave robbers (resurrection men). This was a time when a booming demand for fresh cadavers triggered by an increase in anatomical study resulted in widespread grave-robbing, which ultimately came to an end after the passing of the Anatomy Act.
Professor Christopher Gane.
The audience was captivated by the speaker’s historical account of the gruesome practices by grave robbers.