The Greater China Legal History Seminar Series 2023-24 will commence in September 2023 marking the 9th Year of this important project. 

The Greater China Legal History Seminar Series was launched in 2017. This seminar series builds upon the success of the Chinese Customary Law Seminar Series conducted from 2014 to 2016 covering topics such as Chinese Customary Land Law, Chinese Customary Family Law and Customary Trusts in Hong Kong. The Greater China Legal History Seminar Series aims to serve as a forum to discuss the historical development of a great variety of legal issues of interest in the Greater China region. Acknowledging that the historical development is the basis of modern law and its application the seminars offer the opportunity to explore the respective contextual status. While being conducted by experts in their fields, the seminars are meant to cater to the legally interested general public. The events will usually comprise presentations by one or more speakers (up to 70 minutes) followed by a Q&A session (up to 30 minutes). Each Seminar is open and free of charge to all who are interested.

Anyone interested in contributing to the seminar series, please contact the organizers Professor Lutz-Christian Wolff, Dean of the Faculty of Law & Wei Lun Professor of Law and Professor Steven Gallagher, Associate Dean (Academic and Student Affairs).

 Seminar Schedule 2023-24
22 September 2023
12:30-2:00 pm

Pirates and the Hong Kong Admiralty Court of 1847-49
Speaker: Ms. Sasha Allison, Barrister at Law, Central Chambers, Hong Kong

6 October 2023
12:30-2:00 pm
Death Sentences in the Great Qing, 1744-1840
Speaker: Prof. Moulin Xiong, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, Sichuan, China
3 November 2023
12:30-2:00 pm
Contracts as Tools to Promote Morality and Social Order during the Tang Dynasty
Speaker: Prof. Chunlin Leonhard, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
12 January 2024
12:30-2:00 pm
Fengshui and Court Practice in Ming and Qing
Speaker: Prof. Ian M. Miller, St. John’s University, History Department, New York
2 February 2024
12:30-2:00 pm

Chinese Customary Marriages and Concubinage in Hong Kong
Speaker: Prof. Steven Gallagher, Professional Consultant & Professor of Practice in Law, CUHK LAW

15 March 2024
12:30-2:00 pm
Shanghai in the 1930s, the German Civil Code and the Tragic Story of a Brilliant Legal Mind
Speaker: Prof. Lutz-Christian Wolff, Wei Lun Professor of Law & Dean, CUHK LAW

>> Recap of previous seminars