Representing the Law Society, President C. M. Chan and Immediate Past President Melissa Pang, who is currently the President of LAWASIA, physically attended the LAWASIA Executive Committee (“ExCo”) Meeting, the LAWASIA Annual Council Meeting and the 35th LAWASIA Conference in Sydney, Australia from 17 to 21 November 2022.

At the LAWASIA Annual Council Meeting on 18 November 2022, it was announced that Ms Pang will continue serving as the President of LAWASIA, while Mr Chan was re-elected as an ExCo Member for the term of 2022-2023. During the meeting, the participating organisations updated each other on the major legal developments and challenges in respective jurisdictions over the past year, which was a valuable opportunity to forge new friendships and explore possible areas of collaboration on issues of mutual interest. 

On this occasion, a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) with the LAWASIA was signed to formalise the commitment which will bring the two organisations even closer. In addition, the MOU with the Seoul Bar Association (“SBA”) was renewed to further strengthen the work relationship. 

A breakfast session jointly organised by the Law Society and Hong Kong Bar Association on 20 November 2022 was a highlight of the trip. Entitled “Judicial Independence and the Rule of Law in Hong Kong”, Mr Michael John Hartmann, GBS, Former Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (2010-2016), and Prof Zhao Yun, Head of Department of Law of The University of Hong Kong and Representative of the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, were invited to join the panel to share their valuable insights on this topic with the overseas delegates.

Mr Chan and Ms Pang attended the LAWASIA ExCo Meeting. 

MOU signing with the LAWASIA (upper) and SBA (bottom). 

A joint breakfast session by the Law Society and Hong Kong Bar Association was successfully held on the occasion of the 35th LAWASIA Conference. 

Constructive face-to-face meetings to renew friendship and discuss possible future collaboration with a number of overseas associations were arranged during the Conference, including the Law Council of Australia, the German Federal Bar and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Sydney.