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Challenges to the Rule of Law in Hong Kong: Can the Judiciary Answer Back?

Chatham House, London


The Honourable Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma, Chief Justice of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal

Chair: Harriet Moynihan, Associate Fellow, International Law, Chatham House


Unloved, unrepresentative, unelected and unaccountable: these four criticisms levelled - and aggressively so - at judges in Hong Kong, and elsewhere, in the wake of certain court decisions are not new. However, Hong Kong's chief justice will address the question he believes must now be asked: can the judiciary persuasively respond to these criticisms?

Chief Justice Ma will ask whether the public perception of judicial independence and the rule of law itself is at stake: its meaning and the community support for the legal system that are both vital for its existence. Or is the law no longer to be regarded as a pillar upholding society?

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule

This roundtable is only open to Corporate Members of Chatham House.

If you would like to register your interest, please RSVP to Linda Bedford. We will contact you to confirm your attendance.