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Marking The 30th Anniversary Of China’s Membership In The Hague Conference: Past, Present & Future
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Event Type: Public Lecture/Forum/Seminar/Workshop/Conference/Symposium
Event Nature: Law and Politics

Event Details

The Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong



Dr. Christophe Bernasconi
Hague Conference on Private International Law

The lecture will be delivered on Wednesday 20 September 2017, 6 to 7 pm
at the Academic Conference Room, 11th Floor, Cheng Yu Tung Tower.
There will be refreshments immediately after the lecture.

With its “open-door” policy in 1978, China embarked on a path of complex and profound socio-economic and legal reforms. Today, it is the world’s second largest economy. In its continuing pursuit of development and economic growth, China strives towards meaningful co-operation with other nations. This year, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of China’s membership in the Hague Conference (HCCH), the lecture will look back on past achievements of this relationship, reflecting on current projects and looking ahead to more opportunities. The lecture will examine the ways in which the work of the HCCH can contribute to the success of the Belt and Road Initiative (B&RI) – China’s development strategy and framework focusing on connectivity and co-operation among States. The lecture will conclude by highlighting the importance of close co-operation between China and the HCCH, which will benefit people and businesses not only in China, but also throughout the region and the rest of the world.

About the Hochelaga Lecturer: Dr. Bernasconi has served as the fourth Secretary General of the Hague Conference since 1 July 2013. He holds a law degree from Fribourg University, an LL.M. from McGill University, and a doctoral degree from Fribourg University (summa cum laude). Before joining the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference, Dr Bernasconi lectured at Fribourg University and worked at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law in Lausanne and the Federal Office of Justice in Switzerland.

About the Hochelaga Lectures: The Hochelaga Lectures commemorate the life and interests of the anonymous donor’s father. Previous Hochelaga Lecturers have included Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin PC CStJ; Professor Gareth Jones QC; Professor Andrew Burrows QC; Professor Lawrence Lessig; Professor Martha Nussbaum; Professor K. Anthony Appiah; Judge Raul Pangalangan; Professor Madhavi Sunder; Professor Mindy Chen-Wishart; Professor Bruno Zeller; Justice Peter Roth; Chief Justice Diana Bryant AO; Justice Victoria Bennett; Judge Huang Yongwei, Lord David Pannick QC, Professor Charles Mooney Jr, and Chief Justice James Allsop AO. The 1st Hochelaga Lecture of 2017 was delivered by Professor Luke Nottage in July. The 3rd Hochelaga Lecture of 2017 will be delivered by Professor Masato Dogauchi in December.

All are welcome!

For registration:
For inquiries, please email Coria Cheng at

Date/Time20/09/2017 18:00-19:00

Registration Instruction

Registration is open from 08/09/2017 18:30(HKT) to 20/09/2017 16:00(HKT) on a first-come-first-served basis. The registration quota for this event is 100. Registrants will be placed on a waiting list if the registration quota is reached.

* Registration is now closed.

Contact Information

Should you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact Coria Cheng by email at