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Geoffrey Robertson QC to deliver Criminal Law Lecture

Hong Kong, 4 December 2018: World-renowned barrister and best-selling author Geoffrey Robertson QC has been confirmed as guest speaker for the annual HKU-Boase Cohen & Collins Criminal Law Lecture.

Mr Robertson, who has been counsel in countless landmark cases in a stellar 45-year career, will address an audience comprising senior figures from the legal profession and law students in one of the most eagerly awaited events of the legal and academic calendar.

His talk – entitled “International Criminal Law: Can it be Enforced?” – will be given on Friday 25 January at the University of Hong Kong, where it will be a major highlight of the Faculty of Law’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.

“I’m honoured to be invited to deliver the third annual HKU-Boase Cohen & Collins Criminal Law Lecture, especially given that it will form part of the Faculty of Law’s 50th anniversary celebrations. I’m looking forward to revisiting Hong Kong and to speaking on a subject that I hope will be relevant and challenging, not only to law students but to the city’s legal profession,” said Mr Robertson.

Confirmation of Mr Robertson’s appearance was welcomed by Professor Michael Hor, Dean of the Faculty of Law, who commented: “We are thrilled to be welcoming one of the true giants of the global law scene to HKU for this prestigious lecture. As a Queen’s Counsel, international judge, author, broadcaster and academic, Geoffrey Robertson’s reputation transcends the legal profession and we are certain his presence will galvanise our students and the wider community.”

Mr Robertson, Founder and Joint Head of Doughty Street Chambers in London, has been counsel in numerous high-profile cases in constitutional, criminal and media law in the courts of Britain and the Commonwealth and he makes frequent appearances in the Privy Council and the European Court of Human Rights.

As a jury advocate, he has appeared in many criminal trials at the Old Bailey and libel trials in the High Court. He has appeared in several hundred reported cases in the Court of Appeal and in judicial reviews in the High Court, and in subsequent appeals. He has a large advisory practice for clients including governments, media corporations, NGOs and local councils.

Mr Robertson’s numerous books include The Justice Game (1998), Crimes Against Humanity (1999), The Tyrannicide Brief (2005) and The Case of the Pope (2010). His latest autobiography, Rather His Own Man, was released earlier this year to widespread acclaim. His broadcasting career, meanwhile, has involved writing and presenting various radio and TV documentaries in the UK and his native Australia.

Boase Cohen & Collins Senior Partner Colin Cohen commented: “We are delighted Geoffrey has accepted our invitation to deliver the HKU-Boase Cohen & Collins Criminal Law Lecture. It has always been our vision for the lecture to cross over from academia into the mainstream and become a signature event in the calendar. Geoffrey’s presence in Hong Kong will certainly ensure we achieve this objective.”

The inaugural Criminal Law Lecture in 2017 featured Clare Montgomery QC giving a fascinating insight into “Joint Enterprise”, the three-decade-old legal principle that allows someone to be convicted of murder even if they did not strike the fatal blow. In the second lecture, Edward Fitzgerald QC spoke on the topic of “Criminal Appeals and New Evidence”.

Invitations to the HKU-Boase Cohen & Collins Criminal Law Lecture will be sent to the Judiciary, Department of Justice, Hong Kong Bar Association and the Law Society of Hong Kong. As well, students from the territory’s three law schools – HKU, Chinese University and City University – will be able to register to attend.

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Geoffrey Robertson QC – the celebrated barrister, author and broadcaster will visit Hong Kong in January as a guest of Boase Cohen & Collins and the University of Hong Kong.