Hong Kong, 14 November 2017: Award-winning international barrister Edward Fitzgerald QC has been confirmed as the guest speaker for the annual HKU-Boase Cohen & Collins Criminal Law Lecture.

Mr Fitzgerald, who was awarded the CBE in 2008 for services to human rights, will address an audience comprising senior figures from the legal profession and law students in one of the highlight events of the legal and academic calendar.

The lecture will be held at the University of Hong Kong in the Faculty of Law’s Moot Court auditorium on Friday 26 January with a cocktail reception afterwards.

“I’m honoured to be invited to deliver the HKU-Boase Cohen & Collins Criminal Law Lecture and am relishing the challenge of giving an address that will inform and entertain the audience and, especially, be of value to the many students in attendance,” said Mr Fitzgerald, who is the Head of Doughty Street Chambers in London.

The inaugural Criminal Law Lecture was held earlier this year and featured leading UK barrister Clare Montgomery QC giving a fascinating insight into “Joint Enterprise”, the three-decade-old legal principle that allows someone to be convicted of murder even if they did not strike the fatal blow. It attracted an audience of 250 guests.

“We are thrilled that a world-renowned legal practitioner such as Edward Fitzgerald QC is coming to speak at HKU and we are sure his presence will be an inspiration to our students,” commented Professor Michael Hor, Dean of the Faculty of Law.

“In hosting this annual event with the support of Boase Cohen & Collins, we are seeking to enhance our reputation as a domestic and international centre for research and knowledge exchange in the study and practice of criminal law. We are looking forward to what promises to be an inspiring and invigorating evening.”

Mr Fitzgerald, who was described as “a Rolls Royce in the cab rank of barristers” by his contemporary David Pannick QC in a tribute article in The Times, has won multiple awards in a distinguished career.

He was named Human Rights and Public Law Silk of the Year in 2013; Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in 2009; Silk of the Year in 2005 and won the Times Justice Human Rights Award in 1998. Mr Fitzgerald specialises in criminal law, public law, judicial review and international human rights law and has featured in numerous cases involving high-profile defendants worldwide.

Invitations to the HKU-Boase Cohen & Collins Criminal Law Lecture will be sent to the Judiciary, Department of Justice, Hong Kong Bar Association and the Law Society of Hong Kong. As well, students from the territory’s three law schools – HKU, Chinese University and City University – will be able to register to attend.