Online CPD Events Held in June 2020

Cross-Border Legal Issues Dialogue Seminar: “Jurisdiction and Forum Disputes in Family Proceedings”

CUHK LAW organised the Cross-Border Legal Issues Dialogue Seminar Series to provide a forum for practitioners, academics, the business community and the general public to engage in a dialogue on various issues arising from cross-border legal matters. On 5 June, Mr. Eugene Yim gave the second seminar of the series on the topic “Jurisdiction and Forum Disputes in Family Proceedings”, attracting more than 460 registrations. It is a topic of both academic and practical significance, yet not widely covered in published works, especially from a Hong Kong law perspective. In particular, Mr. Yim masterfully covered jurisdiction of Hong Kong court in divorce cases, jurisdiction of Hong Kong court in unmarried cases, stay of Hong Kong proceedings on the ground of forum non conveniens, enforcement of foreign orders in Hong Kong, enforcement of Hong Kong orders in other countries, and applications for financial relief in Hong Kong after divorce outside Hong Kong.

Mr. Eugene Yim delivered an online seminar “Jurisdiction and Forum Disputes in Family Proceedings” on 5 June 2020.

The seminar chair, Professor Dicky Tsang (left) with the speaker, Mr. Eugene Yim (right).

Seminar: “COVID-19, Sino-US Trade War, and International Law”

On 12 June, Professor Chin Leng Lim, Choh-Ming Li Professor of Law at CUHK LAW, delivered an online seminar titled “COVID-19, Sino-US Trade War, and International Law”. In this seminar, Professor Lim examined President Trump’s Twitter narrative and, more broadly, American and Chinese diplomatic statements regarding responsibility for death, injury, loss and damage arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. His discussion focused on the role of the rules on international responsibility in imparting sense and meaning to the Chinese and American narratives. There was discussion of formal dispute settlement and also countermeasures. He concluded by expressing the view that terms such as ‘responsibility’, discussions about the allocation or apportionment of responsibility, and any discussion of ‘reparations’ present quintessentially legal questions. The seminar was supported by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) and drew interest from more than 700 registrants.

Professor Chin Leng Lim delivered an online seminar “COVID-19, Sino-US Trade War, and International Law” on 12 June 2020.

CCTL and Property Law Seminar: “Contract Law is Property Law!”

On 17 June, CUHK LAW organised an online seminar “Contract Law is Property Law!” under its Centre for Comparative and Transnational Law (CCTL) and the Property Law Seminar Series 2019-20. Delivered by Professor Lutz-Christian Wolff, Dean and Wei Lun Professor of Law at CUHK LAW, the seminar began with an overview of the terminological and doctrinal definitions of contract law and property law. Professor Wolff then elaborated on the existing positions developed by academics and courts regarding the relationship between contract law and property law. Drawing from this comprehensive review, he demonstrated that contract law does in fact serve property law functions and that this conclusion leads to rather significant practical consequences. Professor Wolff ended with remarks of a more general nature regarding the possibility of change of long established doctrinal beliefs. The seminar attracted over 700 registrants including students, alumni, academics and practitioners. Relevant article of the seminar, "The relationship between contract law and property law", is available at https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1473779520903729.

Professor Lutz-Christian Wolff delivered an online seminar “Contract Law is Property Law!” on 17 June 2020.

Other Events

CFRED Workshop: "Coding for Lawyers"

On 9 June, the Centre for Financial Regulation and Economic Development (CFRED) at CUHK LAW organised an online workshop on "Coding for Lawyers" by Dr. Mahdi H. Miraz. In this seminar, Dr. Miraz presented the fundamentals of coding. He demonstrated “how to code” with some very simple examples. The workshop provided participants with some hands-on experience on the basic operational logics of computers (i.e., how do the computers think?), the transition from flow chart to algorithm, how to spot pseudo code, and some real coding examples.

Teaching and Learning Seminar: “Becoming a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy: A law teacher’s journey”

On 11 June, Ms. Michala Meiselles delivered an online seminar under the Teaching and Learning Seminar Series on “Becoming a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy: A law teacher’s journey". Aimed at academics looking to apply for Senior Fellowship, Ms. Meiselles provided an account of her personal journey in this seminar by looking at the overall time frame, exploring key barriers and benefits, and how she would do things differently.

CCTL Transnational Legal History Group Seminar - Book Presentation and Discussion: "From the Colonial to the Contemporary: Images, Iconography, Memories, and Performances of Law in India’s High Courts"

The Transnational Legal History Group of the CUHK LAW Centre for Comparative and Transnational Law (CCTL) hosted its first event – a presentation and discussion on the book "From the Colonial to the Contemporary: Images, Iconography, Memories, and Performances of Law in India’s High Courts" by Dr. Rahela Khorakiwala on 29 June 2020.

The book "From the Colonial to the Contemporary" explores the representation of law, images and justice in the first three colonial high courts of India at Calcutta, Bombay and Madras. It is based upon ethnographic research work and data collected from interviews with judges, lawyers, court staff, press reporters and other persons associated with the courts.

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