The Shun Hing College A Salon Series aims to invite a variety of speakers to offer their insights on social, cultural, political, historical, economic issues and etc., as well as to encourage vibrant discussions among residents and the HKU community.
The following are the details of the upcoming session of Shun Hing College A Salon Series: “Free Speech, Media Censorship and Rule of Law in British Hong Kong”
Speaker: Dr. Michael Ng
One of Hong Kong’s colonial legacy that is often praised is its rule-of-law. The speaker however argues that such a narrative does not stand up to the scrutiny of archival study as the purported safeguards of English law like equality before the law, freedom of expression and judicial autonomy were subordinate to sovereignty, state power and geopolitics during most of Hong Kong’s colonial period. This is exemplified by the monitoring and censoring as well as the persecution and conviction of the Chinese press.
About the speaker:
Dr. Michael Ng is a legal historian at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong. Author of Legal Transplantation in Early 20th Century China – Practicing Law in Republican Beijing (1910s-1930s) (Routledge, 2014) and co-editor of Civil Unrest and Governance in Hong Kong – Law and Order from Historical and Cultural Perspectives (Routledge, 2017) , Dr. Ng specializes in legal history of 19th and 20th century China and Hong Kong. His works have appeared in leading international refereed journals such as Law and History Review, International Journal of Asian Studies, Business History, and Journal of Comparative Law, among others.
Please register online as places are limited: https://goo.gl/forms/PG41UxgfUTODWvmo2
This event is open to all Jockey Club Student Village III residents and the HKU community.
*Light refreshments will be provided
**We are also recruiting student ambassadors. Register through the link above if you are interested.