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Daniel Fung to Speak on "Is Law a Catalyst for Change in 21st Century Asia?," Dec. 13


Daniel Fung, former solicitor general of Hong Kong and current chairman of the Broadcasting Authority of Hong Kong, will speak on the topic "Is Law a Catalyst for Change in 21st Century Asia?" on Friday, December 13, at 2:00 p.m. in Room 121 of the Law School. The talk is sponsored by the Asia Law Forum and is free and open to the public.

Fung's speech will provide an update on the rule of law in Hong Kong under the "one country, two systems" arrangement. Under this arrangement, Hong Kong was largely integrated with mainland China, although it retained aspects of its legal system and its capitalist economy. Fung is particularly qualified to provide an assessment. He was the solicitor general of Hong Kong from 1994 until 1998, meaning that he served under first the British Crown Colony and then the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China.

Fung was recently appointed the chairman of the Hong Kong Broadcasting Authority, a government regulator of all radio and television broadcasting in Hong Kong, which is a hub of Asia's media industry. In his private practice, Fung specializes in commercial and constitutional law. He also serves on the boards of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission and the Hong Kong Airport Authority, and he consults with international bodies, such as the World Bank and the UN. He was also a senior visiting fellow at Yale Law School.