Upcoming Events at CUHK Law

The New Year of 2019 at the Faculty of Law of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (“CUHK Law”) begins with the following events at the Graduate Law Centre in Central that welcome participation from the legal professions:

Greater China Legal History Seminar on “The Currency of China Trade in Asia from the 15th Century” by Professor Judith Sihombing (11 January 2019)

In the 15th and 16th century Chinese fleets traded in Southeast Asia with spices, camphor, silk, porcelain, exotic birds – and other luxuries. At that time Chinese paper money had diminished in value due to over-printing and consequently most deals were conducted in the form of barter trade while on some occasions valuable products were used as payment devices.

On 11 January 2019, the Greater China Legal History Seminar on “The Currency of China Trade in Asia from the 15th Century” to be delivered by Professor Judith Sihombing, Adjunct Associate Professor of CUHK Law, will discuss the payment forms and terms, and consequent legal issues in the trade in this period between Spain, Portugal, China and the Philippines, and across the Pacific. It will explain trade forms and payment terms in the China trade in the 15th and 16th century from the viewpoint of the great variety of buyers and their different cultural backgrounds and needs. The seminar will compare different forms of currency and the governing legal regimes with a special focus on bartered goods, paper money, tin coins in animal and insect shapes, iron coins, gold, silver, jewels and from the 16th century onwards the Spanish (later Mexican) silver dollar. It will also consider how different types of currency were regulated in different jurisdictions.

To attend, please register at https://goo.gl/Qa6N5f on or before 10 January 2019, 5pm.

From left: Organisers of the Greater China Legal History Seminar Series, Professor Lutz-Christian Wolff and Professor Steven Gallagher.




Conference on Towering Judges (25-26 January 2019)

In many constitutional courts of new and emerging democracies, especially in countries that have gone through recent democratic constitutional change, there arises a judge that is individually dominant and charismatic, and that has a great deal of influence on the course his or her court, and sometimes his or her country, takes. We call this judge a towering or heroic judge. While towering judges have been part of the global judicial landscape for a long time, not enough scholarly attention has been given to them as a unique phenomenon to date.

By inviting participants from a range of jurisdictions, including newer and developing democracies, such as Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Israel, Nepal, Singapore, and South Africa as well as well-established democracies like Australia, Canada, and the United States, this conference on 25-26 January 2019 hopes to generate rich comparative insights into the phenomenon of towering judges that can be used to inform the strategies and jurisprudence of judges across the developing world. It also aims to achieve greater understanding of how these judges emerge, what their effects are on their societies, and how they can be conducive to making their societies more resilient to serious political upheavals.

To attend, please register at http://www.law.cuhk.edu.hk/toweringjudges on or before 21 January 2019, 9am.