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Key issues discussed at Criminal Law Conference

Hong Kong, 27 May 2019: Colin Cohen was in attendance when many of Hong Kong’s top legal practitioners, together with distinguished guests from overseas, gathered for the 2019 Criminal Law Conference.

The day-long forum, held at Central Government Offices in Tamar, focused on four key topics – sexual offences reform, computer crime, money laundering and human trafficking.

“This was the fifth such conference held since 2012 and, as always, it was an opportunity for the legal community to examine and debate pressing issues in the fast evolving area of criminal law,” said Mr Cohen, Senior Partner in Boase Cohen & Collins and one of Hong Kong’s most high-profile criminal defence lawyers.

“It was particularly apt that sexual offences reform was discussed given last month’s landmark judgement by the Court of Final Appeal which highlighted how Hong Kong’s laws for tackling upskirting and other voyeuristic practices have become outdated and ineffective. This area of law is in urgent need of reform and it is good to see senior figures in the government and legal profession giving it such priority.”

The conference attracted delegates from a broad cross section of the legal profession, including leading figures from the Judiciary and Department of Justice, together with lawyers, academics and other stakeholders.

It featured two prominent guest speakers from overseas – Lady Justice Heather Hallett, Vice President of the Criminal Division of the Court of Appeal of England & Wales, and Julie Read, Chief Executive and Director of New Zealand’s Serious Fraud Office. The forum also included opening remarks from the Secretary for Justice, Teresa Cheng SC.

The Criminal Law Conference was organised by the Department of Justice, the Law Society of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Bar Association.

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Colin Cohen (left) is pictured at the conference with fellow criminal defence lawyer Jonathan Midgley.