May 10, 2003
Speech by Edward Chan, SC (陳景生). I just copied the section re 陳文敏。
Professor Johannes Chan
Johannes studied law in the HKU. He showed his interest in public law in his very early student days. His dissertation in law school, which turned out to be his first publication was a critique on the then Public Order Ordinance on unlawful assembly and public demonstrations, a topic which became a recurrent theme in the following 20 years of his career.
After his degree in the HKU, Johannes continued with his pursuit of the study of human right law. He went to the LSE to study human rights with Professor Rosalyn Higgins QC (who is now a judge of the International Court of Justice).
He joined the University of Hong Kong in 1985 as a lecturer, and was a professor of law in 1998. He was made the head of the department of law in 1999 and was elected Dean of the Faculty of Law in July 2002. Thus he has taught many generations of lawyers in Hong Kong since 1985. Amongst his distinguished students is of course, Rimsky Yuen who is called to the Inner with him today.
Johannes gave a lot of support to the Bar. He is probably one of the longest serving members on the Bar Council. He has served in the Bar Council under no less than 7 chairman: Denis Chang, Robert Tang, Anthony Rogers, Jacqueline Leong, Gladys Li, Audry Eu and Ronny Tong.
He was once the chairman of the Bar Standing committee on Constitutional affairs and Human rights. He represented the Bar in Geneva and New York on the hearing of periodic reports submitted by the Hong Kong Government under the ICCPR (International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights) and also ICESR (International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights).
Johannes was called to the Hong Kong Bar in 1982. He also had a practice exclusively on public law and human rights matters.
Apart from teaching and practicing, Johannes had also worked at the secretariat of the European Commission of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France in 1989, and was the assistant editor to the European Human Rights Reports for 1990-91.
He has acted as a trial observer for international organizations in various countries to observe and report on trials involving human rights issues.
In 1993, he was appointed to the Committee of experts by the International Committee of Red Cross, Geneva, to draft and settle an authentic version of the ICRC Guides to the Geneva Convention and Protocol on the law of War acceptable to both PRC and Taiwan.
He also assisted in various international human rights organization (such as Amnesty International, Lawyers Committee, the International Committee of Red Cross) in preparing their reports on Hong Kong to various United Nation's bodies.
In Hong Kong, apart from serving in the Bar Council, Johannes had also served in various government, public or professional bodies, such as the consumer council, the broadcasting authority, the press council, the administrative appeal board, the municipal services appeal board, law reform subcommittee on privacy, central policy unit etc.
Professor Chan has published widely in both local and international journals. Books published by him alone or in conjunction with others include: On the right to Justice, Hong Kong's constitutional debate; Conflict over Interpretation; General Principles of Hong Kong Law; Media Law and Practice; The Hong Kong Bill of Rights- Two years before 1997; The Hong Kong Bill of Rights: A Comparative Approach; Public Law and Human Rights: A Hong Kong Sourcebook; Human Rights in Hong Kong.
He is also a co-editors of the Hong Kong Public Law Reports and Hong Kong Cases, and Hong Kong Law Report and Digest.
I must not forget to mention that he is a member of the Article 23 concerned group and is one of the 7 distinguished authors of the publication of that group giving the public a fair and balanced insight on the government proposed legislation on Article 23 of the Basic Law.
Professor Chan is one of the few who combines both academic scholarship and active practice. He truly has provided a distinguished service to the law of Hong Kong. He is the first person in Hong Kong to receive such honour of being an Honorary Senior Council.
Professor, you truly deserve this Honour and the Bar is proud of you.
Edward Chan, SC
Dated: 10 May 2003 http://www.hkba.org/whatsnew/chairman-corner/speeches/2003/silk_ceremony_10.05.03.doc