Leaders in Law: Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma

Law Lecture Theatre Two
Friday 18 November 2016 (15:00-16:00)

Lesley Griffiths: l.griffiths.1@bham.ac.uk


We are honoured to welcome back Geoffrey Ma, esteemed alumnus and Chief Justice of the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal

Chief Justice Ma was born in Hong Kong and graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1977. He studied for the English Bar and was called to Gray's Inn in 1978, the Hong Kong Bar in 1980, the Bar of the State of Victoria in Australia in 1983 and the Bar of Singapore in 1990. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1993 and became an Honorary Bencher of Gray's Inn in 2004. In 2011, he was admitted to the degree of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) by the University of Birmingham. In 2012, he became an Honorary Fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford.

Chief Justice Ma was appointed a Recorder of the Court of First Instance from 2000 to 2001 before his appointment as a Judge of the Court of First Instance in 2001. He was appointed a Justice of Appeal in 2002, and became Chief Judge of the High Court in 2003, followed by his appointment to the Court of Final Appeal in 2010. Before joining the Judiciary, Chief Justice Ma was in private practice in Hong Kong and in Singapore.

In his talk, Chief Justice Ma will trace his career journey from graduation to the respected Head of the highest Hong Kong Court of Appeal.

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