23 July 2019

CUHK Signs a MoU with British Institute of International and Comparative Law Establishing Collaboration in Legal Research and Knowledge Exchange



The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 22 July 2019 to establish a partnership in academic and professional activities. The MoU was signed by Professor Rocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK and Mr. Keith Ruddock, Chair, Board of Trustees of BIICL. An inaugural seminar followed to celebrate the establishment of BIICL’s first office based in Asia.

The partnership with BIICL will make a valuable contribution to the development of the reputation of the Faculty of Law of CUHK as a world-class centre for international law and the comparative study of law. Under the MoU, CUHK and BIICL will cooperate in knowledge creation and exchange in various fields of law, such as international and comparative law. In addition, both parties will co-organise events and develop professional training and continuing professional development across the legal, governmental and non-governmental communities in Hong Kong and Asia.

Professor Rocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK remarked, “As a comprehensive research university with a global vision, CUHK embraces internationalisation in its education and research, with a view to achieving excellence and bringing real impact to the world. The British Institute of International and Comparative Law is one of the world’s foremost research organisations in the field. I am therefore delighted to see CUHK join hands with the Institute to engage in research, knowledge transfer, and professional development and training, by tapping into each other’s strengths, resources and expertise. I have every faith that our partnership will yield plentifully in the years to come.”

Professor Christopher Gane, Dean of the Faculty of Law of CUHK said, “This partnership with the British Institute of International and Comparative Law opens up new opportunities for both the Faculty and the Institute. We look forward to working with the Institute in the development and communication of research, knowledge transfer and continuing professional development. At a time when universities are increasingly expected to engage in research and scholarship that has impact beyond the academy, our collaboration with the Institute will, I am confident, support the Faculty’s commitment to that end. We are also, of course, delighted to support the Institute’s ambitions for future development in Hong Kong and the rest of Asia.”

The inaugural seminar – “International Dispute Resolution: Reflections and Redirections” followed the MoU signing ceremony. Speakers at the seminar included The Rt Hon. the Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, former President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, senior lawyers, international arbitrators and academics from Hong Kong, Australia and the United Kingdom. They spoke of their views on international arbitration, investment arbitration as well as international dispute resolution. The seminar concluded with a closing speech by The Honourable Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li, GBM.

About The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

Founded in 1963, CUHK is a leading comprehensive research university with a global reputation. Located in the heart of Asia, CUHK has a vision and a mission to combine tradition with modernity, and to bring together China and the West. Under the University’s unique collegiate system, the programmes and activities offered by its nine colleges complement the formal curricula by delivering whole-person education and pastoral care. The University has eight faculties: Arts, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science, and Social Science. Together with the Graduate School, the University offers over 300 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. All faculties are actively engaged in research in a wide range of disciplines, with an array of research institutes and research centres specialising in interdisciplinary research of the highest quality.

About British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) provides informed, independent and practical legal ideas for the global community. Its high quality and respected work involves analysis and debate about contemporary issues on every continent, from its base in the heart of London's energetic and multicultural legal network. BIICL is one of the very few independent legal bodies of its type in the world.

For more information on the BIICL, please visit: www.biicl.org

Professor Rocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor (left) and President of CUHK and Mr. Keith Ruddock (right), Chair, Board of Trustees of BIICL sign the MoU
Professor Rocky S. Tuan, Vice-Chancellor (left) and President of CUHK and Mr. Keith Ruddock (right), Chair, Board of Trustees of BIICL sign the MoU

The Honourable Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li, GBM delivers a speech
The Honourable Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li, GBM delivers a speech

A group photo at the MoU signing ceremony
A group photo at the MoU signing ceremony

The inaugural seminar – “International Dispute Resolution: Reflections and Redirections”
The inaugural seminar – “International Dispute Resolution: Reflections and Redirections”

The Rt Hon. the Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, former President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom (first row of the left) and other speakers at the seminar
The Rt Hon. the Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, former President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom (first row of the left) and other speakers at the seminar

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