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Professor Michael Palmer - full CV

Called to the Bar 2004

Academic Background

BSc (Econ.), London School of Economics and Political Science (University of London) 1967.

MA (Chinese Studies), SOAS (University of London), 1968.

LLB, Trinity College, University of Cambridge, 1978.

LLD, University of London, 2002.

Professor of Law, University of London.

Chair, Centre of East Asian Law, SOAS, University of London.

Chair, Subject Board in the Social Sciences, University of London.

Main Areas Of Expertise:

  • Chinese Law
  • Selected aspects of Hong Kong Law
  • Private International Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • ADR, including Arbitration and Mediation

Additional Information:

Present Positions:

Professor of Law, University of London

Chair, Centre of East Asian Law, SOAS

Chair, Subject Board in Social Science, University of London

Visiting Positions:

Visiting Professor of Law, Renmin University Law School, Beijing, China.

Visiting Professor of Law, California Western School of Law, San Diego, USA.

Adjunct Professor, London Law Centre, University of Notre Dame Visiting Professor, Faculte Internationale.

Visiting Professor, Faculte Internationale de Droit Compare, Universite Robert Schuman, Strasbourg.

Visiting Professor of Law, Shantou University, Guangdong, China.

Professional Training and related Responsibilities:

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

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

1990 (October) to 1993 (October): Head, China Law Unit, Attorney-General's Chambers, Hong Kong, (on special secondment from the University of London).

1992 (April) to 1993 (April): Secretary and Member, "Governor's Working Party on Legal and Judicial Relations between Hong Kong and the Mainland [China]".

1999 special advisor to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to assist in preparations for China's accession to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

1997 to present, at various times, advisor and contributor to the UK-China Human Rights Dialogue, an official programme of cooperation intended to assist China's accession to the ICCPR.

Recent Publications include:

Dispute Processes: ADR and the Primary Forms of Decision Making Co-author, second edition currently being translated into Chinese for publication by Peking University Press 2008

“Patriarchy, Privacy and Protection: Slowly conceptualising domestic violence in Chinese law,” IN Natalia Iu. Erpyleva, Jane Henderson and M. Butler (eds.) Forging a Common Legal Destiny: Liber Amicorum in honour of Professor W. E. Butler, London and New York: Wildy, Simmonds and Hill, 2005, pp. 786-812.

“The Emergence of Consumer Rights: Consumer Protection Law in the People’s Republic of China,” IN S. Thompson, K. Latham and J Klein (eds.) Consuming China. London: Routledge Curzon, 2006, pp. 56-81.

“Controlling the State?: Mediation in Administrative Litigation in the People’s Republic of China ,” IN Larry Backer (ed.) “China: Law, Finance and Security,” Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, 2007

“Ma Xiwu,” IN David S. Clarke (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Law and Society: American and Global Experiences, Thousand Oaks, London and New Delhi, Sage Publications, 2007.

“Mediation in China,” IN David S. Clarke (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Law and Society: American and Global Experiences, Thousand Oaks, London and New Delhi, Sage Publications, 2007. (with Simon Roberts) “ADR” IN David S. Clarke (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Law and Society: American and Global Experiences, Thousand Oaks, London and New Delhi, Sage Publications, 2007:

“Towards a Greener China? Accessing Environmental Justice in the People’s Republic of China,” IN A. J Harding (ed.) Access to Environmental Justice: a Comparative Survey. Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff, 2007.

  1. "Marriage Reform and Population Control: Changing Family Law in Contemporary China", International Survey of Family Law: 2005 : 173-201

“Marriage Reform and Population Control: Changing Family Law in Contemporary China,” IN A. Bainham (ed.) International Survey of Family Law: 2005, Bristol: Jordon (for The International Society on Family Law), 2005, pp. 173-201.

“On Galloping Horses and Picking Flowers,” Review Article of H. Patrick Glenn Legal Traditions of the World, (Second Edition, 2004) Journal of Comparative Law, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2006, pp. 165-170.

“On China’s Slow Boat to Women’s rights: Revisions to the Women’s Protection Law , 2005,” in P. W. CHAN (ed.) special issue of International Journal of Human Rights on Equality in the Asia Pacific, March 2007, Vol. 11, Nos. 1-2, pp. 151-177. Also as book chapter in Phil C. W. Chan (ed.), Equality in Asia-Pacific: Reality or a Contradiction in Terms? (London: Routledge, 2007; Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu), 200–226.

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).

Memberships:

Associate Member, International Academy of International Law

Founding Member, Association for Comparative Legal Studies

Member, Society of Public Teachers of Law

Member, Great-Britain China Centre

Member, Socio-legal Studies Association

Member, Legal Action Group

Member, British Association of Chinese Studies

1996; 2006; Overseas Member, Law Panel, Hong Kong Research Assessment Exercise.

Languages:

Spoken Chinese: Putonghua & Cantonese.

Reading: Chinese, Classical & Modern

French.


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