Administrative Officer (AO) is one of the most sought after occupations amongst university graduates. Through regular postings at various bureaux and departments, Administrative Officers acquire a wide range of experience and develop various skills, making them valuable assets of the government. It is a career that provides not only a wide range of opportunities, but also the chance to contribute to the community of Hong Kong.

Our society has been privileged to be addressed by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in previous years at our AO Career Briefings. This year, Ms. Erica Ng, Director-General of HKETO in London, will be coming to Cambridge to talk about career as an Administrative Officer. Information regarding AO internship during the summer will also be released. Please do not miss this invaluable opportunity to learn more about the application for and career prospects of being an Administrative Officer.



Talk by Mr. Michael David Thomas:
"Sino-British Joint Declaration - To what extent have the principles been realised?"

Joint Discussion by Mr. Michael David Thomas & Professor Christopher Forsyth:
Judicial Review in Hong Kong

Mr. Michael David Thomas, the penultimate Attorney General of Hong Kong before the transfer of sovereignty of Hong Kong in 1997, will be addressing us on the issue “Sino-British Joint Declaration - To what extent have the principles been realised?” After the talk, Mr. Thomas will be joined by Professor Christopher Forsyth for a joint discussion on judicial review, touching on cases involving constitutional review in Hong Kong.

Mr. Thomas was involved in the drafting of the historic Sino-British Joint Declaration in 1984 which resumed the sovereignty of Hong Kong to China and laid down the principles of “One Country, Two Systems”. In his capacity as the former Attorney General of Hong Kong, he also served as a member of the Executive and Legislative Councils and Joint Chairman of the Law Reform Commission. Mr. Michael Thomas is now a member of Temple Chambers in Hong Kong and Essex Court Chambers in London, specialising in appellate advocacy and cases of judicial review. He was involved in several high profile cases, including a probate case on Nina Wang Kung Yu-Sum’s estate.

Professor Forsyth is a Cambridge Law Professor specializing in Administrative Law and Civil Law. He is the chair of the Public Law and Private International Law at Cambridge and has written a number of publications on judicial review and administrative law, including QC of Administrative Law (9th ed, 2004), a standard work on the subject cited regularly by courts and counsel through the common law world. He is currently a Bencher of the Inner Temple and is also an advocate of the High Courts of South Africa. In addition, he is an honorary member of the Law Academic Advisory Committee at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Admission is free and all who are interested in public law and/or Hong Kong affairs are welcome. We look forward to seeing you there.


Mr. Thomas and Professor Forsyth will also be joining us for dinner at Côte Brasserie, where they will be sharing with us their views and experiences over an informal chat.





















Date: 17th August 2013

Theme: 2017: The Path Ahead | 二零一七:香港前路 何去何從

In 1997, the "One Country, Two Systems" structure was laid down in the Basic Law to govern the relationship between Hong Kong SAR and Mainland China. Now 16 years have passed and we are fast approaching the year 2017, when Hong Kong would have returned to China for 20 years and the next Chief Executive election will be held. The coming four years leading up to 2017 will be crucial for Hong Kong's future political, economic and social development. Politically, there have been repeated promises of the next Chief Executive election by universal suffrage; economically, further integration with China's rapidly developing economy seems to be an inevitable trend; socially, Hong Kong's widening wealth gap appears to be one of the biggest crises faced by our society. In particular, the political climate has intensified in recent months as evidenced by the July 1 protests and by the increasingly radical means protestors are prepared to use.

In four years' time, will the Hong Kong society agree on a satisfactory solution to elect our next Chief Executive by universal suffrage in accordance with Basic Law provisions? Will we still be able to keep our edge as an international financial centre? Will housing be more affordable and readily available? What about our core values like democracy and rule of law?

In light of the implications of 2017 to Hong Kong's future, especially in the political realm, CUHKCAS would like to take this opportunity to examine what lays ahead for Hong Kong. We sincerely invite you to explore with us the prospective social, economic and political restructuring of Hong Kong in light of its prelude to 2017.


Dr. the Hon. Sir David Li Kwok Po
Chairman and Chief Executive of The Bank of East Asia

Mr. Horace Cheung Kwok Kwan
Vice-chairman of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB)

Ms. Audrey Eu Yuet Mee
Chairman of the Civic Party

Ms. Miriam Lau Kin Yee
Honorary Chairman of the Liberal Party

Dr. Allen Lee Peng Fei
Political commentator

Sir David Akers-Jones
Former Chief Secretary

Ms. Maria Tam Wai Chu
Member of the Committee for the Basic Law of the HKSAR

The Hon. Mr. Justice Kemal Bokhary
Non-Permanent Judge of the Court of Final Appeal

Mr. Martin Lee Chu Ming
Founding Chairman of the Democratic Party

The Hon. Mr. Alan Leong Kah Kit
Leader of the Civic Party

Mr. Eric Cheung Tat Ming
Principal Lecturer and Director of Clinical Legal Education at the University of Hong Kong



Date: 4th January, 2014

We are honoured to be addressed by Chief Justice of Hong Kong, Geoffrey Ma (2010-present).

Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma 馬道立

Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma was the second Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal. He was admitted to the English Bar at Gray's Inn in 1978 and to the Hong Kong Bar in 1980. In 2004, he was made an Honorary Bencher of Gray's Inn.

His judicial career began in 2000 when he was appointed a Recorder of the High
Court of Hong Kong. As Chief Judge of the High Court from July 2003, he not only sat in hearings of important appeals, but also advised the then Chief Justice on administrative, legislative and policy issues related to the operation of the High Court. He was also a major supervisor of the implementation of the Civil Justice Reform in 2009. He was appointed Chief Justice upon the retirement of the Hon. Justice Andrew Li, a Cambridge alumnus, in 2010.

Chief Justice Ma's comments on the legal status of Hong Kong can be seen extensively in extra-judicial publications such as "Litigation in the Commercial List", "Arbitration in Hong Kong: a practical guide" and "Professional Conduct and Risk Management in Hong Kong". He has rich experience in public law and the protection of constitutional rights.









The Oxford University Public Affairs and Social Services Society (OxPASS) and the Cambridge University Hong Kong and China Affairs Society (CUHKCAS) hosts the OxPASS x CUHKCAS Charity Dinner to support Society for Community Organization (SoCO) and their Community Learning Centre.Date: 9th January 2014

We are pleased to welcome Professor Joseph J.Y. Sung (沈祖堯), SBS, JP, Vice-Chancelllor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong as our guest speaker.

The evening will include
- OxCAR Acapella
- Charity Auction
- Lucky Draw

SoCO is a non-profit-making and non-governmental welfare organization established in 1972 that assists and fights for the social rights of the underprivileged in Hong Kong through various grassroots projects. All proceeds will be donated towards their Community Learning Centre that offers over 1000 disadvantaged children in Sham Shui Po with free study support, interest classes, and study materials seven days a week.

This event is sponsored by Chinese Estates Holding Limited.




Date: 3rd February, 2014


Paul Shieh SC studied law in Cambridge (Queens') from 1984 to 1987. After graduating with Double Firsts in 1987 he studied for the one year Postgraduate Certificate in Law (PCLL) course in Hong Kong and was admitted to the Hong Kong Bar in 1988. He then read for the degree of Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) in Oxford (Worcester) and graduated in 1989, winning the Dr. Morris Prize for the best results in the Conflict of Laws. He commenced practice in Temple Chambers, Hong Kong, from 1990 after completing his pupillage. He took silk in 2003 and was elected Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association in January 2013. He commenced his second term of office as Chairman in January 2014.

Paul talked about the legal system in Hong Kong, updates on the local legal scene in Hong Kong, topics of current interest and aspects of legal practice in Hong Kong such as how foreign graduates and practitioners can be qualified to practice in Hong Kong.