Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Dean Hor Appointed to Law Reform Commission

Professor and Dean Michael Hor was appointed a member of the Law Reform Commission of Hong Kong for three years from 1 January 2015.  Appointed at the same time were Professor Christopher Gane, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Mr. Robert Pang SC.  The Secretary for Justice thanked Professors Michael Wilkinson and Peter Rhodes for their valuable contributions over the course of their two three-year terms.   The three new appointees are all experts in the criminal law.  It awaits to be seen if this will make any difference in the Commission's ability to bring about criminal law and procedural reform.   Since 1997, only three major statutory reforms in criminal law have been implemented based on studies done by the Commission: widening rules on spousal competency and compellability, raising the age of criminal responsibility from seven to ten years, and a legal regime for covert surveillance and interception.  

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