The University of Hong Kong to Host Inaugural HKU-Boase Cohen & Collins Lecture Series in Criminal Law

The Faculty of Law at The University of Hong Kong is delighted to announce the inaugural HKU-Boase Cohen & Collins Lecture Series in Criminal Law will be delivered by award-winning international barrister Clare Montgomery QC on Friday, 20 January 2017, at the HKU’s Centennial Campus.

It is envisaged the annual event – formally titled The University of Hong Kong and Boase Cohen & Collins Lecture Series in Criminal Law – will become a highlight of the legal calendar with VIP guests from the judiciary, government, education and business joining law students in attending.

Professor Michael Hor, Dean of the Faculty of Law, commented: “We are delighted to be hosting this Lecture Series in collaboration with Boase Cohen & Collins. It dovetails with the Faculty’s mission to be a domestic and international centre for research and knowledge exchange in the study and practice of criminal law.”

“We are thrilled that someone of the eminence of Clare Montgomery QC has agreed to deliver the inaugural lecture and are certain it will be a compelling and inspiring evening, as well as a great start to the Lecture Series.”

“We are honoured to be presenting this landmark lecture series in conjunction with the Faculty of Law,” said Boase Cohen & Collins Senior Partner Colin Cohen. “Starting in the academic year 2016–17 and for an initial term of three years, the Lecture Series will consist of an annual public lecture by a prominent criminal law scholar or practitioner of international repute.”

“It is envisaged the lecture will always be off-syllabus and the topic a ‘blank canvas’ depending on the speaker, so that it varies greatly from year to year. We have worked closely with the Faculty of Law to bring this Lecture Series to fruition and are confident it will be an outstanding success.”

While the Lecture Series will run for a minimum of three years, both parties are hopeful it will be a fixture in the University’s academic programme for many years to come.

Ms. Montgomery, of Matrix Chambers in London, is a barrister of international renown and, among the many accolades that have come her way, she has twice been named Crime Silk of the Year in the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards as well as Crime Silk of the Year in the inaugural Legal 500 Awards.

She will speak about “Joint Enterprise” – a topic which has been in the news due to a landmark ruling by the UK’s Supreme Court and Privy Council earlier this year and its historic connection with Hong Kong.