International Speaker Series: The Hon Chief Justice Ma

International Speaker Series: The Hon Chief Justice Ma

Mar 25

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The Hon Chief Justice Ma, Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal, Hong Kong (SAR)  

 Public event
 Shangri-La Hotel, 176 Cumberland Street, Sydney, NSW

 Lunch (12.00pm to 2.00pm)



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The role of judges in the protection of human rights often involves decisions made in controversial circumstances.

Legal and constitutional issues which have to be decided by the courts can arise within the context of political and national issues which engage the public's interest. It is here that debates arise over the true constitutional role of judges.

Some regard judges as being far too powerful in their ability to interpret the law or even change it. Afterall, they are unelected to office. And yet, many people regard judges and the courts as sometimes the last bastion for the protection of human rights.

What is a society entitled to expect and what then ultimately is the public interest, a term we hear so often these days?


The Hon Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma 
Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal, Hong Kong (SAR) 

Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma Tao-li was appointed Chief Justice of Hong Kong on 1 September 2010.

Chief Justice Ma joined the Hong Kong Judiciary as Judge of the Court of First Instance of the High Court in 2001. He was appointed Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal of the High Court in 2002, and Chief Justice of the High Court in 2003.

Chief Justice Ma graduated with an LL.B from Birmingham University in 1977. He completed his Bar Finals in 1978. He was called to the English Bar (Gray's Inn) in 1978, the Hong Kong Bar in 1980, the State of Victoria in Australia in 1983 and the Bar of Singapore in 1990.

Chief Justice Ma was appointed Queen's Counsel  in 1993 and made an Honorary Bencher of Gray's Inn in 2004.


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