A retired judge and a leading lawyer have been appointed to a City University committee to consider appeals lodged by sacked Chinese and South Asian law lecturers. Benjamin Liu Tsz-ming, a former Appeal Court judge, and Roderick Woo Bun, ex-president of the Law Society, were invited on to the five-member panel by university president Chang Hsin-kang. It is headed by university vice-president Edmond Ko Inq-ming. The other members are Professor Matthew Chen, dean of the faculty of humanities and social sciences, and Ferdinand Gul, chair professor of the accounting department. It will consider appeals lodged by six Chinese and South Asian law lecturers over the law school's recommendation not to renew their contracts. They claim it may have been motivated by racial discrimination. The school's staffing committee recommended in November that the contracts of eight lecturers not be renewed when they expire in June. The contracts of two others were extended for one more year. Ten scholars - eight Chinese and two South Asians - appealed to the university's approval committee for appointment of academic staff. The committee largely upheld the staffing committee's recommendation but granted a one-year extension for two lecturers. Six lecturers lodged a last-ditch appeal to Professor Chang this month.