"The Force is No Longer with You": The Police and Hong Kong Protests

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 15:30 to 17:30

DLA Piper Hall (room 104)

The Hong Kong Police Force has, for a long time, been deemed by the city’s residents as “Asia’s Finest.” But this reputation on the part of the Hong Kong Police as an efficient, disciplined, and impartial force has clearly taken a deep dive since the Umbrella Movement of 2014. A practising lawyer with a particular focus on criminal law, human rights, and civil liberties, Randy Shek will examine in this talk not only the evolution of this transformation but also its implications for Hong Kong and beyond.

RANDY SHEK 石書銘 Denis Chang’s Chambers

Mr. Shek is a practising barrister at Denis Chang’s Chambers. His main areas of practice include criminal law, human rights and civil liberties, public law, and constitutional law. His recent notable cases include: defending for Joshua Wong in the Civic Square unlawful assembly case; representing Andy Chan Ho Tin when he was disqualified from running in the 2016 Legislative Council election and the subsequent banning of his separatist Hong Kong National Party; and acting for the defence in a Mong Kok Riot case as well as in the National Independent Party conspiracy to manufacture explosives case. Mr. Shek has also been directly involved in providing frontline legal support and representation to those who were arrested and charged in the recent civil unrests arising from the Hong Kong Government’s proposed amendments to extradition of fugitives law.

This public talk is co-organized with the Hong Kong Studies Initiative and is co-sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies and the Centre for Chinese Research.

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