Chinese Customary Law

The Relationship between ‘Regular’ Law and Chinese Customary Law in Hong Kong – Conflict or Peaceful Coexistence?

Friday, 23 October 2015
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Warren Chan Moot Court, CUHK Graduate Law Centre
2/F, Bank of America Tower, Central, Hong Kong (map)


Professor Lutz-Christian Wolff
Wei Lun Professor of Law, Faculty of Law
Dean of the Graduate School

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Conducted in English

The seminar kicks off the continuation in 2015-16 of the CRJ seminar series on Chinese Customary Law in Hong Kong. It first highlights the historical development of Chinese customary law with a focus on the legal bases and the potential reasons for maintaining Chinese customary law after Hong Kong became a British Colony and after the handover. In its second part the seminar then explores the relationship between ‘regular’ law and Chinese customary law. While Chinese customary has been regarded “a living element of the ‘common law’ of the Colony”, it always was and is until today treated like foreign law in court proceedings. The seminar discusses this anomalous situation from the inter- and intra-jurisdictional choice-of-law point of view.


Lutz-Christian Wolff is a Wei Lun Professor of Law and Dean of the Graduate School at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is admitted to practice in Germany as Rechtsanwalt and as solicitor in England and Wales. He has authored numerous books and articles on Chinese law and is a frequent speaker at international conferences, professional development courses and in-house seminars. For his contributions to teaching excellence he has received multiple awards such as the CUHK Education Award in 2013.  




The Hong Kong Law Society has awarded this seminar 1.5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.

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