Lectures to aid drive for formal study

PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 February, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 26 February, 2007, 12:00am

A series of lectures on the Basic Law by legal experts worldwide will start this year as part of the Basic Law Institute's push for the establishment of a chair on the mini-constitution, its chairman says.

'I like to see lectures given not just by Hong Kong academics, not just by mainland professors but also by international jurists. I want everybody to come to give lectures,' said Alan Hoo SC, adding that details had still to be finalised.

Mr Hoo, who has been advocating the establishment of a Basic Law chair for years, said he believed it should benefit the whole of Hong Kong, not one particular university.

'I am hoping for this chair to be filled by somebody of international standing and repute. I hope that this person will be an authoritative scholar from the leading centres of constitutional jurisprudence whether it be the United States, the UK or South Africa,' he said.

Mr Hoo said the chair also needed support from research fellows, and a research centre with a full reference library was required.

'What Hong Kong needs is a Basic Law research institute, which is an independent centre with a full-time research director,' he said, though he pointed out that 'huge financial resources' were needed, especially to relocate an international academic to Hong Kong.

Mr Hoo said he would raise the issue with Qiao Xiaoyang , deputy secretary-general of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, in Beijing next month.