Distinguished Speakers Program: The Hon Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE

30 June 2011
The Hon Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE
The Hon Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE

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The Rule of Law in the shadow of the giant: the Hong Kong experience

Concerns about the future of the rule of law in Hong Kong were expressed in advance of 1 July 1997 when Hong Kong's constitution, the Basic Law, came into operation. The Basic Law is an enactment of the National People's Congress. The Basic Law granted a high degree of autonomy to Hong Kong and preserved Hong Kong's capitalist and common law legal systems and provided for an independent judiciary. The principal source of the concerns about the rule of law was article 158 of the Basic Law which vests the ultimate power of interpretation of that Law in the Standing Committee of the Congress. The lecture records the Hong Kong experience since 1 July 1997, as it relates to the rule of law, and does so with an eye to the future.

About the speaker

The Hon Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE was a Justice of the High Court of Australia from 1972-1987 and Chief Justice from 1987-1995. He was Commonwealth Solicitor-General from 1964-1969 and a Judge of the NSW Court of Appeal from 1969-1972. Until recently, he was Chancellor of UNSW, National Fellow at the Research School of Social Sciences at the ANU, a Judge of the Supreme Court of Fiji and President of the Solomon Islands Court of Appeal. He has been a non-permanent Judge of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal since 1997.

This lecture is presented as part of the Sydney Law School Distinguished Speakers Program 2011. Please click here for program details.

Time: Register from 5.30-pm for 6-7pm lecture, followed by cocktail reception

Location: Sydney Law School, Building F10, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: Full fee: $25; SLS alumni: $20; University of Sydney students: $10 (incl cocktail reception and GST)

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