HKUEMS :: Event Details

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Event Type: Public Lecture/Forum/Seminar/Workshop/Conference/Symposium
Event Nature: Law and Politics

Event Details

Saturday, 23rd September 2017, 9:00-16:00

Large Moot Court Room, 2/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower
Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong


The Centre for Comparative and Public Law and its Human Rights Programme, in collaboration with the Hong Kong Equal Opportunities Commission, are hosting a forum with professional and academic experts and advocates, including members of Hong Kong’s transgender community, to discuss Gender Recognition Legislation in Hong Kong. The outcome of the event will be submitted to the government's Inter-departmental Working Group on Gender Recognition (IWG), which has recently produced a Consultation Paper examining different types of gender recognition schemes and possible arguments for and against the adoption of particular models for Hong Kong, to inform and hopefully positively contribute to a possible future Gender Recognition scheme.

9.00-9.10 Welcome Remarks
Michael Hor, Dean, Faculty of Law, HKU
Kelley Loper, Director, Centre for Comparative and Public Law, HKU

9.10-10.00 Keynote Speech
Stephen Whittle, Manchester Metropolitan University

10.00-11.30 Key Issues, International & Local Legal perspectives
Moderator: Kelley Loper, HKU
Commentator: Stephen Whittle, MMU
Peter Reading, Legal Counsel, EOC Hong Kong
Michael Vidler, Solicitor, Vidler & Co. Solicitors
Patricia Ho, Partner, Daly & Associates

11.45-13.00 Transgender Community Voices
Moderator: Azan Marwah, Barrister and Mediator, Gilt Chambers
Robin Bradbeer, Secretary and Member of the Board of Directors at The Professional Commons, former Professor at CityU
Joanne Leung, Chairperson, Transgender Resource Centre HK
Kaspar Wan, Filmmaker and Founder of Gender Empowerment
Brenda Alegre, Lecturer of the Sexuality & Gender : Diversity & Society Course (SGDS), HKU
Siufung Law, Bodybuilder and Teaching Assistant, HKU

14.15-15.45 Perspectives of Key Stakeholders
Moderator: Marco Wan, Faculty of Law, HKU
Suen Yiu Tung, Assistant Professor of Gender Studies and Associate Director, Gender Research Centre, CUHK
Geoffrey Yeung, Pupil Barrister
Fern Ngai, Chief Executive Officer, Community Business
Sam Winter, Psychologist and Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University

15.45-16.00 Closing remarks
Alfred Chan, Chairperson, Equal Opportunities Commission


Dr. Stephen Whittle will be delivering the keynote speech and contribute to the forum as a commentator. Dr. Whittle is Professor of Equalities Law at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is a co-founder of Press For Change (PFC), the UK's transgender lobbying group, which fought cases at the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights to gain legal recognition for Trans people in the Gender Recognition Act 2004. PFC also achieved full protection for trans people under the UK’s Equality Laws.
 Dr. Whittle has been an advisor to the UK, Irish, Italian, Japanese and South African governments, the Council of Europe and the European Commission. He was appointed special advisor to the Parliamentary Women & Equalities Committee Inquiry into Transgender Equality and has received many awards for his academic and voluntary work, including a Lambda Literary Award as co-editor of The Transgender Studies Reader and The Stonewall Award from the American Bar Association. In 2005, he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for his work with the British Government on transgender rights. In 2016, he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Date/Time23/09/2017 09:00-16:00
VenueLarge Moot Court Room, 2/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong

Registration Instruction

Registration is open from 07/09/2017 16:00(HKT) to 23/09/2017 16:00(HKT) on a first-come-first-served basis. The registration quota for this event is 300. 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 Lili Ullmann by email at