Hong Kong Protests: An Update from HK LegCo Member Dennis Kwok
Please join the Asian Studies Program and the Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues for a discussion with Dennis Kwok, member of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong SAR representing the legal profession in Hong Kong. Mr. Kwok will provide a recent update of the protests in Hong Kong from his perspective as a LegCo member and as a Hong Kong resident. Dr. Michael Green, Professor and Director of the Asian Studies Program, and Dr. Evan Medeiros, Penner Family Chair in Asian Studies, will join in conversation with Mr. Kwok to better understand the situation in Hong Kong and how it the protests have influenced daily life for Hong Kongers and Legislators alike. This event is off the record.
Dennis Kwok is a member of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong SAR representing the legal profession in Hong Kong. He was elected in 2012 and then re-elected in 2016. Mr. Kwok is a founding member of the Civic Party. He is also the convenor of The Professionals Guild (an alliance formed amongst the functional constituency Members in the Legislative Council).
Mr. Kwok is currently the Deputy Chairman of the House Committee and the Panel on Administration of Justice and Legal Services in HKSAR Legislative Council. The protection of “One Country Two Systems”, the rule of law in Hong Kong, human rights, and anti-human trafficking issues are his main focus areas. He is now serving as a member of the Competition Commission, a member of the Hong Kong Housing Authority (serving as Chairman of the Building Committee), and a director of the Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Limited.
Mr. Kwok graduated from King’s College London in 1999 where he received his LLB. He was admitted as a solicitor in the High Court of Hong Kong in 2002 and to the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales in 2003. He was called to the Hong Kong Bar in 2006. He trained and worked as a solicitor at an international law firm Herbert Smith for five years. His current practice as a barrister focuses on civil cases, international arbitration and judicial review.
Michael Green, Professor of International Affairs in the School of Foreign Service, is the Director of the Asian Studies Program, where he concurrently holds the Chair in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy. He is also a Senior Vice President for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Dr. Green’s work focuses on U.S. foreign policy history and grand strategy. Previously, he was a Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asian Affairs on the National Security Council (NSC) staff at the White House. Dr. Green holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University.
Evan Medeiros is the Penner Family Chair in Asia Studies in the School of Foreign Service and the Cling Family Distinguished Fellow in U.S.-China Studies. His research and teaching focuses on the international politics of East Asia, U.S.-China relations and China’s foreign and national security policies. He has published several books and articles and regularly provides advice to global corporations and commentary to the international media. His expertise is a unique blend of research expertise and practical experience. He previously served for six years on the staff of the National Security Council as Director for China, Taiwan and Mongolia – and then as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asia. Dr. Medeiros holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the London School of Economics.
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