The Law Society and the Hong Kong Academy of Law

The Law Society and the Hong Kong Academy of Law organised 53 courses in September with more than 3,000 participants.

One of the 53 courses was “Training Programme on the Unified Screening Mechanism” (“USM”) held on 16-18 September. The USM operates as a combined statutory and administrative mechanism for screening non-refoulement protection claims lodged by claimants who fear harm upon return to their country of origin. Topics discussed in the Training Programme included the definition of refugee under the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, operation of the USM, the scope of subsidiary protection in Hong Kong, making assessments, and the role of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (“UNHCR”) under the USM. The speakers were Professor James C. Hathaway, the James E. and Sarah A. Degan Professor of Law and Director of Program in Refugee and Asylum Law of University of Michigan, U.S.A; the Hon. Sir Nicholas Blake, Associate Member of Matrix Chambers, U.K. ; Mr. Mark Daly, Principal and Ms. Karen McClellan, Senior Associate, Daly & Associates respectively; and Mr. Philip Thorpe, Senior Protection Associate and Officer-In-Charge of the UNHCR in Hong Kong. The Training Programme attracted approximately 120 participants.

Another course was “Training Course on Civil Advocacy” held on 20 September. The course briefed practitioners on the procedural steps involved in advocacy in a trial, including opening, taking of evidence, principles of cross-examination of witnesses, legal argument and closing submissions. The course also focused on interlocutory application which was demonstrated by way of a practical example on preparation of a skeleton argument, and the proper marshalling of factual and legal arguments. Partner of Mayer Brown Mr. Nicholas D. Hunsworth is the speaker of the course. The course attracted 60 participants.

Professor James C. Hathaway, Ms. Karen McClellan, Mr. Mark Daly, the Hon. Sir Nicholas Blake and Mr. Philip Thorpe (from left to right) were the speakers of the “Training Programme on the USM”.

Speaker of the “Training Course on Civil Advocacy” Mr. Nicholas D. Hunsworth.