University of Hong Kong law faculty marks 50 years with book recalling its humble beginnings, when few students dared to enrol

An Article by Gary Cheung
South China Morning Post
2 Nov, 2019

When the University of Hong Kong’s first 40 law students began classes in September 1969, nobody imagined that their tiny department would one day be listed among the 20 top law schools in the world.

Dafydd Evans, first head of the department, described the pioneer batch as “a brave bunch” because they had no guarantee that their Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree would be accepted as a qualification for practising law in Hong Kong or anywhere else. . . .

The law faculty is marking its 50th anniversary this year, with a gala dinner on November 24 and a commemorative book by historian Christopher Munn to be released this month.

The book, A Special Standing in the World: The Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong, 1969–2019, tells the story of the tiny law department’s growth in the context of historic changes in Hong Kong, highlighting contributions by faculty members and alumni to the city’s development over half a century. . . .

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