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Professor Michael Palmer

Bar
2004

Main areas of expertise include:

  • Chinese law
  • Selected aspects of Hong Kong law
  • Private international law
  • Human rights law
  • ADR, including arbitration and mediation

Appointments:

Professor of Law, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

Director, Centre of East Asian Law, SOAS, University of London

Chair, Subject Board in Social Science, University of London

Academic Convenor, Lord Chancellor's Training Scheme for Young Chinese Lawyers

Academic Convenor, Lord Chancellor's Judicial Training Scheme for Chinese Judges

Advisor and contributor to the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue,

Former Head, China Law Unit, Attorney-General's Chambers, Hong Kong

Former Secretary and member of Governor's Working Party on Legal and Judicial Relations between Hong Kong and the Mainland (China)

Former special advisor to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Cases of note:

In the Estate of Kwan Kai Ming, Hong Kong (Chinese customary marriage, concubinage, and succession to property)

Re: Tse Shi On (Validity of Chinese marriage)

Tang v. Tang, Hong Kong (Traditional Chinese lineage property - management and division).

Re: The Temple of the Roof of Tai Uk Wai Village, Hong Kong (Traditional Chinese lineage organisation membership and management).

Tsang v. Cheung, Hong Kong (Chinese family property)

Chan Pui Tak v. The Attorney General, Chan Pui Tak, and Chan Yik ki, Hong Kong (Traditional Chinese lineage organisation membership)

Leung v. Lo, Hong Kong (Chinese wills in traditional Chinese law)

AG v. Lam Chi Kei & ors, Hong Kong (rights of indigenous villagers)

R. v. Ewan Launder (extradition to Hong Kong)

In the Estate of Loa Tai & Loa Yau, Hong Kong (Succession to property in traditional Chinese law)

Comapake Inc. v. China Jiangsu Textile Import & Export Group (Contract law in the People's Republic of China)

Cheung Chee Keung v. Chong Sz Tak Tong, Hong Kong (Traditional Chinese lineage property -management and division)

Li v. Li, Hong Kong (Traditional Chinese lineage property - management and division)

Hsu Tong & Ors v. Tsui & Ors, Hong Kong (Chinese burial rights)

Wong v. Ho, (chinese marriage and divorce)

In the matter of Chan Yat Fai & Ors, Hong Kong (legitimacy in the law in the People's Republic of China)

Chan Kwok Ping v. Liu Yuk Ying, Hong Kong (Marriage and succession in traditional Chinese law)

Li Tai Ying & Tang Chi Cheong v. The Attorney General of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Chinese religious organisation - appointment of managers)

Leng Ping Chung v. Lo Hung Yin & Ors, Hong Kong (Adoption and succession in traditional Chinese law)

Mak Chow Po Ching Amy v. Sik Chuen, Hong Kong (Chinese Buddhist monastic property)

Tang Man Kit v. Hip Hing Timber Co, Hong Kong (Companies in traditional Chinese law)

Mutual Luck Investment Ltd v. Chiu Yat Hung, Hong Kong (Tenancy in traditional Chinese law)

In the Estate of Chan Kam Yin, Hong Kong (Management of and succession to family property in traditional Chinese law)

In the Estate of Lau Wai Chau, Hong Kong (Succession to property and lineage organization property in traditional Chinese law)

Wei Hsi & Ors. v. The Bank of Montreal, New York (Succession rights in mainland China)

Wu Jiangsu v. Alfred J. Rey (Divorce in the People's Republic of China)

Tam, Lui, & Chan v. Director of Immigration, Hong Kong (adoption procedures in the PRC; right of abode in Hong Kong under Article 24 of the Basic Law of the HK SAR)

Lim Por Yen v. Highfit Development Co & Koo Siu Ying, Hong Kong (Matrimonial gifts and concubinage in traditional Chinese law)

Yau Wing Kwong v. Chung Ying Tai, Yau Yuet Ming, Yau Yun Tai, Hong Kong (Adoption and succession).

Languages:

Spoken Chinese: Putonghua & Cantonese.

Reading: Chinese, Classical & Modern

French


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